Average Salary for Northeastern University Alumni

It's hard to find a better value for your tuition dollar than at Northeastern University, a university based in Boston, Mass.. The school is ranked in the top 11 percent of universities by return on investment. Sports have an undeniably strong influence on campus life (Go Huskies!), and students exploit the school's urban location by exploring the rich resources of their city. This report is based on the answers of NU graduates who responded to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Northeastern University Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location.
Software Engineer
20 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
15 salaries
Executive Assistant
11 salaries
Senior Accountant
11 salaries
Geotechnical Engineer
11 salaries
Business Analyst, IT
10 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
10 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,042
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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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Graduates of NU head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the software development industry, the education industry, and the health care industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The most popular professional field seems to be the financial services industry. Starting salaries of approximately $70K are the median among NU grads.


In the NU alumni community, men make a median salary of about $80K compared to their female counterparts, who earn around $63K.


Former NU students with an interest in making money consider becoming Software Engineers, the highest-paying gig (average earnings amount to $86K) among this alumni group. Other well-paid jobs include Geotechnical Engineers ($84K) and IT Business Analysts ($78K). Executive Assistants face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at $49K.


NU alumni seem to appreciate living in Boston, and one-third of grads actually choose to stay and find employment here after completing their coursework. With a median salary of $91K, San Francisco, Calif. represents the highest-paid city popular among NU grads. New York, N.Y. is a popular spot for former NU students at the opposite end of the pay scale; in fact, average salaries there are the lowest at approximately $63K. Neighboring Cambridge, Mass. is another common pick among NU grads, along with Chicago, Ill.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (EE) from NU can rake in a whopping average about $117K 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 around $38K.


Many former NU students are familiar with Project Management, and about a sixth of grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Business Analysis commands a pay premium of 13 percent for former Huskies. In addition, those who are savvy in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design are also considered highly skilled.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about two-fifths of alumni) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one-third of alumni get sick time. It is no small feat that a large number of graduates are given health coverage, and a fair number of former students accept dental insurance. A large number of grads participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. Alumni of Northeastern University also take in life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Howard University graduates, who earn $69K on average, make a similar amount to NU grads. Other schools similar to NU include Boston College, Fordham University, and Teachers College at Columbia University.

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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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$39,225 - $81,049
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 233 votes.
$80,131 - $117,000
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$36,638 - $83,501
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