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Average Salary for New York University (NYU) Alumni

Ranked in the top 14 percent of universities by return on investment, New York University is a university based in New York, N.Y., and it's home to around 23,000 undergraduates. This overview is based on graduates' answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Typical Early Career Salary

New York University (NYU) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Social Worker
20 salaries
Executive Director
19 salaries
Software Engineer
19 salaries
Executive Assistant
16 salaries
Marketing Director
15 salaries
Marketing Manager
15 salaries
Office Manager
11 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,481

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About This School

70 Washington Sq South
New York, NY 10012-1091


Private School, Research University

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NYU alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the financial services industry, the health care industry, and the marketing, advertising, and media management industry. Among NYU grads, the education industry is a commonly chosen career field. The average salary for a grad from NYU is $69K.


In the NYU alumni community, men make a median salary of $90K compared to their female counterparts, who earn $60K.


In the NYU alumni professional community, Management Consultants make the highest median pay (around $98K), though Executive Directors (about $95K), and Marketing Directors (approximately $91K) are close competitors. Collecting the smallest paychecks are Social Workers — they bring in $46K.


NYU alumni like New York so much that they tend to stick around after graduation, with a little more than half of grads staying on to find permanent employment. In addition, former NYU students often head to Seattle, Wash. after graduating, where the median salary comes to approximately $91K in this top-paying city. NYU alumni in Washington, DC can often be found sliding in at the lower end of the pay scale, where median paychecks are the smallest at around $65K. Alumni express interest in San Francisco, Calif. and Los Angeles, Calif. as well.

Degree Major

With a median annual earnings of $165K per year, New York University grads who have a medical degree are the best paid among the alumni population. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a B.A. in Journalism ($48K on average annually).


New York University grads with Strategic Planning experience garner salaries that are 28 percent more than other grads' salaries. Project Management is a common skill among NYU alumni — close to a seventh of grads mention using it at work. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one-third of alumni get paid sick time. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, most grads contribute to a 401(k). Health benefits extend to most graduates, and a fair number of former students also receive dental coverage. 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

Among alumni of similar schools, Brandeis University grads (who make an average of $70K) earn salaries most similar to NYU alumni. Other schools similar to NYU include Columbia University in the City of New York, Yeshiva University, and Princeton University.

Test Scores

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

Key Stats for New York University (NYU)


60 %
40 %
$38,306 - $84,384
$46,192 - $128,068
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 358 votes.
$35,700 - $82,231
$70,000 - $160,000
$68,047 - $129,714
$87,332 - $130,985
$49,000 - $145,500
$40,399 - $99,767
$40,879 - $117,500
$39,149 - $112,030
$44,494 - $110,374
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