Average Salary for Harvard Medical School Alumni

Students who graduate from Harvard Medical School earn between around $80K from the lowest paying jobs to $250K from the most lucrative. Figures cited in this summary are based on graduates' replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Harvard Medical School Alumni

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Physician / Doctor, Oncologist
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The majority of alumni accept jobs in clinical care. Harvard Medical School graduates in the medical education programs industry are hard pressed to find, with nearly one in ten former students taking up work in this field.


There's a noticeable difference between the genders; where the average man hauls in $254K after graduating from Harvard Medical School, the average woman earns only $153K.


The Harvard Medical School alumni who make the most are Oncologists; they report a median pay of approximately $250K. General Pediatricians and Associate Clinical Research Directors draw in a fair amount as well — about $175K and $123K, respectively. Sliding in near the bottom are Anesthesiologists, who report earnings 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 $235K). On the far end of the pay scale, Harvard Medical School alumni often reside in New York, N.Y., which is home to the lowest pay at $80K.

Degree Major

A medical degree earns Harvard Medical School students the most money after college (an average $240K per year). Graduates holding a Doctorate (PhD), Anesthiology fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of $80K.


Harvard Medical School grads with Surgery experience garner salaries that are more than double other grads' salaries. Many former Harvard Medical School students are familiar with Pediatrics, and approximately one-eighth of grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Competency in Surgery, Anesthesia, and Oncology also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about two-fifths of alumni) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one-third of alumni get sick time. Almost all grads save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Health benefits extend to almost all former students, and most grads also receive dental coverage. Harvard Medical School alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as malpractice / liability insurance, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Key Stats for Harvard Medical School


47 %
53 %
$94,500 - $185,300
$213,000 - $573,913
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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