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Average Salary for Northeastern University Alumni

When it comes to ROI, Northeastern University, a private research school located in Boston, Mass., with around 17,000 students, ranks in the top 17 percent of universities — students enjoy incredible value for their tuition dollars. History buffs fill the halls at Northeastern University, where this subject is one of the most common majors. Often cited as a sports school, students here also take their studies seriously, and test scores are well above average. This report is based on the responses of NU graduates who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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Typical Early Career Salary

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. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Software Engineer
24 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
19 salaries
Senior Accountant
15 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
13 salaries
Financial Analyst
12 salaries
Operations Manager
12 salaries
Executive Assistant
12 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,286

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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 education industry, the financial services industry, and the health care industry are popular business areas among NU alumni. A large chunk of former NU students are employed in the software development industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. Following graduation, NU students earn an average of $71K.


It's worth noting that female graduates earn a median salary of approximately $62K whereas the men's median is $79K.


Senior Software Engineers win the contest for best-paid NU alumni, typically making $98K every year, though Software Engineers (around $80K), and Electrical Engineers ($70K) are not far behind. Salaries are anything but generous for Financial Analysts, where earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at about $60K.


NU alumni typically remain in Boston, the city they've grown to love, after graduation, and roughly a third of grads find permanent positions in the workforce here. It is no surprise that San Francisco, which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is around $87K), is another of the most popular spots for former NU students. Though Chicago takes the cake for lowest pay among NU grads (the median salary is $60K there), it remains a common destination for former students. New York is also a top pick, as is Cambridge.


EMC Corporation is the top-paying employer among NU graduates with an average salary of approximately $97K. Salaries are decidedly lower at Massachusetts General Hospital, though, where employees earn about $56K on average.

Degree Major

NU students with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (EE) can expect to make the most money ($108K per year) compared to their fellow graduates. Those holding a B.A. in Journalism are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in $40K per year.


For former Huskies, proficiency in Project Management warrants a paycheck that is 6 percent more than other alumni salaries. Proficiency in Project Management is common among NU alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, roughly one in six former students report doing so. Experience with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

Lacking in the benefits department, just two-fifths of alumni report compensation for sick days and only one-third of alumni get vacation time. The greater part of grads report contributing to a 401(k). Health insurance benefits extend to a solid majority of alums, and most alums sign up for dental plans. 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 report the most similar salaries to NU alums, earning $69K on average. Other schools similar to NU include Fordham University, Teachers College at Columbia University, and Syracuse 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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