Average Salary for New York University (NYU) Alumni

Students looking for a top-value school need look no further than New York University. It is a university based in New York, N.Y. that is ranked in the top 14 percent of universities by return on investment. The figures in this rundown were provided by NYU alumni who took the PayScale salary questionnaire.

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New York University (NYU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Social Worker
20 salaries
Software Engineer
17 salaries
Executive Director
16 salaries
Marketing Manager
15 salaries
Executive Assistant
15 salaries
Marketing Director
15 salaries
Office Manager
11 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,403

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About This School

70 Washington Sq South
New York, NY 10012-1091


Private School, Research University

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The financial services industry, the health care industry, and the marketing, advertising, and media management industry are just a few of the areas in which NYU grads find work. The most popular field is the education industry. Starting salaries of $70K are the median among NYU grads.


Male graduates on average earn more than female graduates; the first group banks around $89K per year, but the second group takes home only approximately $61K.


Among NYU graduates, the biggest earners are Executive Directors, who haul in $97K on average. Next on the list are Marketing Directors and Software Engineers, bringing in about $91K and $88K, respectively. Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Social Workers; alumni in this role face average salaries of $46K.


Many NYU alumni seem to stick around New York after wrapping up their studies; just over a half of grads remain to find permanent work. Seattle, Wash. is another hot spot for NYU grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to approximately $91K). The city with the lowest median paycheck frequented by NYU alumni is Washington, DC, where earnings average $68K. Los Angeles, Calif. and San Francisco, Calif. are also desirable cities.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid NYU alumni are those with a medical degree — they earn close to around $170K on average per year. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a B.A. in Journalism ($48K on average annually).


NYU alumni are often well versed in Project Management, with nearly one-seventh of grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. New York University grads with Strategic Planning abilities can expect to make 26 percent more than their former classmates ($87K). Also considered top-notch skills are Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis.

Benefits and Perks

Only about two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one in four survey participants receive sick leave. A large number of survey participants enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a fair number of survey participants receive dental plans, too. Most survey participants set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). New York University grads are also lucky enough to receive a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Median pay for Brandeis University grads is about $70K, making their salaries most similar to those of NYU grads. Columbia University in the City of New York, Yeshiva University, and Princeton University are also similar to NYU.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1890 2190
ACT Scores 28 32

Key Stats for New York University (NYU)


59 %
41 %
$38,529 - $84,633
$46,076 - $127,011
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 324 votes.
$26,962 - $87,490
$68,784 - $162,778
$69,000 - $101,500
$49,000 - $145,500
$49,920 - $154,000
$40,323 - $99,672
$40,976 - $114,033
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$44,180 - $109,261
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