Northeastern University Alumni Average Salary

Around 13,000 undergrads attend Northeastern University, a school in Boston, Mass.. The school sits in the top 11 percent of universities by return on investment. Though student life tends to revolve around sports, Northeastern University is also home to some of the brightest undergraduates in the country, and academics are highly valued. This overview is based on graduates' answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Software Engineer
97 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
85 salaries
Project Engineer
40 salaries
Electrical Engineer
30 salaries
Operations Manager
28 salaries
Senior Financial Analyst
28 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
28 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 9 Feb 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,398

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360 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115-5005


Private School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of NU work in a variety of sectors including the pharmaceutical research and development industry, the medical device manufacturing industry, and higher education. The majority of NU alumni wind up in the health care industry. Following graduation, NU students earn an average of $72K.


Male graduates of NU out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of $79K versus about $63K for women.


NU grads who become Engineering Project Managers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average around $106K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Senior Financial Analysts and Software Engineers; their salaries approach approximately $85K and $82K, respectively. Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Donor Relations Managers who make an average of $55K.


Boston is a popular place for NU students to settle after graduation, and slightly less than a third of grads find steadfast employment in the city. In addition, former NU students often head to Cambridge, Mass. after graduating, where the median salary comes to approximately $101K in this top-paying city. On the other hand, NU alumni who end up in Washington, DC receive the lowest median salary of around $43K. Other cities of interest include New York, N.Y. and Denver, Colo.

Degree Major

A Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering (EE) leads to the highest pay for NU grads (about $125K on average per year). Those with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science (PolySci) face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average $33K per year.


Slightly less than one-fifth of NU grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Former Huskies with Project Management abilities can expect to make 16 percent more than their former classmates ($84K). Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Engineering Design command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

A majority of alumni report receiving paid vacation days, but just one-third of alumni are paid for sick leave. Health coverage is awarded to most alumni, and dental insurance is issued to a fair number of grads as well. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, most graduates contribute to a 401(k). Northeastern University grads also enjoy benefits like life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Boston College grads bring in salaries of around $72K, making them the most similar to NU alumni in terms of earnings. Other schools similar to NU include Fordham University, Teachers College at Columbia University, and Syracuse University.

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Key Stats for Northeastern University


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$41,452 - $75,704
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Rated 4 out of 5
based on 21 votes.
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1-4 years
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$30,767 - $78,229
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