Former NU students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the health care industry, higher education, and the medical device manufacturing industry. Among NU grads, the pharmaceutical research and development industry is a commonly chosen career field. Median pay for those who graduated from NU amounts to $74K.
A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only $61K on average compared to around $81K for male graduates.
Among NU alumni, those working as Senior Financial Analysts report the highest median pay of $85K, followed by Software Engineers ($82K), and Corporate Controllers (approximately $79K). Collecting the smallest paychecks are Payroll & Benefits Administrators — they bring in about $44K.
NU students enjoy their time in Boston, and slightly less than a third of students actually choose to live and work there after graduating. NU alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Cambridge, Mass., which offers a median salary of approximately $101K. NU 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 $43K. New York, N.Y. is also a top pick, as is Denver, Colo.
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. Those with a Bachelor's Degree, Psychology face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average $40K per year.
NU grads are usually competent in Project Management, and nearly one in five alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Competency in Project Management translates into above-average pay for former Huskies — they earn 16 percent more than their fellow graduates. Other prime know-hows include Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Engineering Design.
Benefits and Perks
Though the larger part of graduates get paid time off for vacation, only one-third of alumni receive paid sick leave. A large number of former students opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. For this school, most former students are the recipients of health benefits, and a strong majority of former students pick up dental plans, too. Northeastern University alumni are also on the receiving end of life insurance, tuition reimbursement, a casual working environment, and a company-subsidized cell phone.
Median pay for Boston College grads is $73K, making their salaries most similar to those of NU grads. Other schools similar to NU include Fordham University, Teachers College at Columbia University, and Syracuse University.