Average Salary for Northeastern University Alumni

Attending Northeastern University, a university can pay off very well in the long run. The school is based in Boston, Mass., and it is ranked in the top 11 percent of universities by return on investment. Northeastern University students take pride in their competitive athletics, though studying does not necessarily take a back seat to sports. Many students earn their degrees in history, and they score well above the national average on standardized tests. Replies from former NU students to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.

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Software Engineer
21 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
17 salaries
Executive Assistant
12 salaries
Senior Accountant
12 salaries
Geotechnical Engineer
11 salaries
Business Analyst, IT
11 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
11 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,181

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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 financial services industry, the software development industry, and the health care industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The most popular professional field seems to be the education industry. Former NU graduates bring in about $70K on average.


There is a sizable difference between men's post-college salaries and women's: the median for the former is $80K, but the median for the latter is only $63K.


The most generous salaries among NU alumni are reportedly earned by Senior Software Engineers, whose median earnings come to $102K, followed by Software Engineers (around $86K) and IT Business Analysts ($77K). Executive Assistants pick up approximately $49K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.


NU alumni like Boston so much that they tend to stick around after graduation, with about a third of grads staying on to find permanent employment. NU grads also flock to San Francisco, Calif., which is home to salaries significantly above average (median pay is $91K). On the other end, NU grads flock to Chicago, Ill., which actually offers the weakest median salary of $62K. New York, N.Y. and Cambridge, Mass. also rank high on the list of cities.

Degree Major

With a median annual earnings of approximately $115K per year, former Huskies who have a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (EE) are the best paid among the alumni population. Average annual salaries for those with a B.A. in Journalism are the lowest of the pack, earning about $39K.


Knowledge of Engineering Design seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 10 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (around $77K). Project Management is a common skill among NU alumni — about one in six grads mention using it at work. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only about two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one-third of alumni receive sick leave. It is no small feat that most alums are given health coverage, and a fair number of grads accept dental insurance. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, most former students contribute to a 401(k). Graduates of Northeastern University are also recipients of life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Compensation averages $70K for Catholic University of America alumni, making their earnings most comparable to NU grads. Other schools similar to NU include Boston College, Fordham University, and Teachers College at Columbia University.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1940 2200
ACT Scores 30 33

Key Stats for Northeastern University


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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5
based on 284 votes.
$28,993 - $116,997
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