Northeastern University Alumni Average Salary

Students looking for a top-value school need look no further than Northeastern University. It is a university based in Boston, Mass. that is ranked in the top 11 percent of universities by return on investment. Sports have a dominant presence on campus, but study habits are taken seriously as well, and students report above-average test scores. This overview is derived from alumni replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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Software Engineer
92 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
78 salaries
Project Engineer
36 salaries
Electrical Engineer
30 salaries
Operations Manager
27 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
27 salaries
Software Developer
23 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,285

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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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Professionally, the health care industry, higher education, and the education industry are popular business areas among NU alumni. The most popular career sector among alumni is the pharmaceutical research and development industry. Former NU graduates bring in $73K on average.


Male graduates of NU out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of around $80K versus $64K for women.


The biggest paychecks among NU alumni are earned by Staff Scientists — these former students make a median salary of $93K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Senior Financial Analysts (approximately $85K) and Software Engineers ($82K). Collecting the smallest paychecks are Human Resources Specialists — they bring in about $52K.


Boston is a popular place for NU students to settle after graduation, and just under a third of grads find steadfast employment in the city. Cambridge, Mass. is also a common destination for NU grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of around $101K. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among NU grads is Washington, DC (median compensation is $43K). In addition, grads flock to New York, N.Y. as well as Denver, Colo.

Degree Major

A Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering (EE) will compensate NU grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in $125K on average per year. A Bachelor's Degree, Psychology commands less pay, and these degree-holders face median pay of $40K.


Competency in Project Management translates into above-average pay for former Huskies — they earn 15 percent more than their fellow graduates. NU grads are usually competent in Project Management, and about a fifth of alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Engineering Design command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

More than half of former students are allowed to take paid time off for vacation, but only about one in three grads get paid sick leave. Health benefits extend to most graduates, and a fair number of grads also receive dental coverage. To plan for old age, most alumni maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. Northeastern University graduates also take advantage of life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Boston College grads bring in salaries of around about $73K, making them the most similar to NU alumni in terms of earnings. Fordham University, Teachers College at Columbia University, and Syracuse University are also similar to NU.

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Key Stats for Northeastern University


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$41,217 - $75,888
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Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.
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