Average Salary for Northeastern University Alumni

Attending Northeastern University, a university can pay off very well in the long run. The school is based in Boston, Mass., and it is ranked in the top 11 percent of universities by return on investment. Often heralded for its athletics, Northeastern University also offers a top-notch curriculum. The figures in this rundown were provided by NU alumni who took the PayScale salary questionnaire.

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Northeastern University Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Software Engineer
18 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
13 salaries
Executive Assistant
11 salaries
Senior Accountant
11 salaries
Geotechnical Engineer
11 salaries
Business Analyst, IT
10 salaries
Electrical Engineer
9 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Aug 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 944
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About This School

360 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115-5005


Private School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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NU alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the software development industry, the education industry, and the health care industry. The financial services industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. Median pay for those who graduated from NU amounts to $70K.


There is a sizable difference between men's post-college salaries and women's: the median for the former is $80K, but the median for the latter is only about $63K.


Among NU alumni, those working as Senior Software Engineers report the highest median pay of $100K, followed by Software Engineers (approximately $86K), and Geotechnical Engineers ($84K). Executive Assistants wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning around $52K.


Upon earning their degrees, many NU grads prefer to remain in Boston; in fact, nearly one-third of grads appreciate the area so much that they find permanent jobs there. NU alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in San Francisco, Calif., which offers a median salary of $91K. On the other end, NU grads flock to New York, N.Y., which actually offers the weakest median salary of $63K. NU alumni express interest in nearby Cambridge, Mass. and Chicago, Ill. as well.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Juris Doctor (JD), Master of Jurisprudence, or Master of Law (LLM) from NU can rake in a whopping average around $130K per year, more than any other degree from this school. Graduates holding a B.A. in Journalism fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of about $38K.


Project Management is a common skill among NU alumni — approximately one in six grads mention using it at work. Competency in Business Analysis translates into above-average pay for former Huskies — they earn 12 percent more than their fellow graduates. Competency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (two-fifths of alumni and one in three grads, respectively). A large number of graduates save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Health insurance benefits extend to most alums, and a fair number of respondents sign up for dental plans. Other benefits that Northeastern University alumni receive are life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Compensation averages $70K for Howard University alumni, making their earnings most comparable to NU grads. Boston College, Fordham University, and Teachers College at Columbia University are also similar to NU.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1940 2200
ACT Scores 30 33

Key Stats for Northeastern University


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Job Satisfaction

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