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Average Salary for Northeastern University Alumni

Students looking for a top value school need look no further than Northeastern University, a private research university based in Boston, Mass., that is ranked in the top 17 percent of universities by ROI. Northeastern University students take pride in their competitive athletics, though studying does not necessarily take a back seat to sports. Many students earn their degree in history, and score well above average on standardized tests. The data for this synopsis comes from former NU students who took the PayScale salary survey.

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Northeastern University Details


360 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115-5005

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Private Schools, Research Universities, For Sports Fans

Graduation Rate:

79 %


23 %

% Stay In State:

59 %

% Receiving Pell Grants:

14 %
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Graduates of NU head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the education industry, the health care industry, and the financial services industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The most popular professional field seems to be the software development industry. Typical pay for those who graduated from NU amounts to about $71K.


A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only $61K on average compared to $79K for male graduates.


NU grads who become Senior Software Engineers garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in approximately $98K annually. However, Software Engineers and Operations Managers also rank as top-earners (bringing in around $80K and $75K, respectively). Senior Accountants get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary, where grads report making an average of $61K in this job.


NU alumni typically remain in Boston, the city they've grown to love, after graduation, and approximately one-third of grads find permanent positions in the workforce here. San Francisco is also a common destination for NU grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of about $84K. The city with the lowest median paycheck frequented by NU alumni is Chicago, where earnings average around $60K. New York is also a common pick among NU grads, along with Cambridge.


Graduates of NU can earn the biggest bucks at EMC Corporation ($97K). The school itself is home to some of the lowest pay, with employees earning an average of $55K.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Master of Science (MS), Electrical Engineering (EE) from NU can rake in a whopping $106K per year, more than any other degree from this school. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a B.A. in Journalism — their annual income amounts to approximately $40K on average.


Many NU grads have knowledge of Project Management, with nearly one-sixth of alumni using this program on the clock. Former Huskies with Project Management experience garner salaries that are 6 percent more than other grads' salaries. Competency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design also warrants excellent retribution.

Benefits and Perks

Lacking in the benefits department, just two-fifths of alumni report compensation for sick days and only one in three grads get vacation time. The greater part of survey participants report contributing to a 401(k). Health insurance benefits extend to the greater part of alumni, and most alums sign up for dental plans. Other benefits awarded to Northeastern University alumni include life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

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

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Test Scores
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SAT Scores 1890 2170
ACT Scores 29 32

Key Stats



46 %

female alumni


54 %

male alumni
$39,121 - $80,229
$48,510 - $105,420

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