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Average Salary for Harvard Medical School Alumni

Students who graduate from Harvard Medical School earn between approximately $80K from the lowest paying jobs to about $250K from the most lucrative. This summary is derived from information given by Harvard Medical School grads who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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Harvard Medical School Alumni

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Associate Clinical Research Director
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Physician / Doctor, Oncologist
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Pediatrician, General
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 21

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Among Harvard Medical School grads, clinical care is a commonly chosen career field. Former Harvard Medical School students do not typically enter the medical education programs industry; in fact, less than ten percent of graduates find work in this area, making it the least likely field for this group to enter.


There's a noticeable difference between the genders; where the average man hauls in $250K after graduating from Harvard Medical School, the average woman earns only $150K.


Among Harvard Medical School graduates, the biggest earners are Oncologists, who haul in $250K on average. Next on the list are General Pediatricians and Associate Clinical Research Directors, bringing in around $175K and $123K, respectively. Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Anesthesiologists who make an average of about $80K.


The most popular destination for former Harvard Medical School students is Seattle, Wash. Harvard Medical School grads also flock to Boston, Mass., which is home to salaries significantly above average (median pay is around $235K). New York, N.Y. is a popular spot for former Harvard Medical School students at the opposite end of the pay scale; in fact, average salaries there are the lowest at $80K.

Degree Major

A medical degree leads to the highest pay for Harvard Medical School grads ($240K on average per year). Average annual salaries for those with a Doctorate (PhD), Anesthiology are the lowest of the pack, earning approximately $80K.


Harvard Medical School grads with Surgery abilities can expect to make 129 percent more than their former classmates ($425K). Harvard Medical School grads are usually competent in Anesthesia, and nearly one in six alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Demonstrated ability in Surgery, Medicine / Surgery, and Pain Management rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Slightly less than half of the respondents can rely on paid vacation days, but just one in three grads have the luxury of paid sick time. Almost all survey participants enjoy benefits like health insurance, while most grads receive dental plans, too. The vast majority of former students opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. Harvard Medical School graduates also take advantage of malpractice / liability insurance, life insurance, 403(b), and flexible hours.

Key Stats for Harvard Medical School


48 %
52 %
$48,322 - $175,059
$75,503 - $559,551
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 4 votes.

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