Northeastern University Alumni Average Salary

Northeastern University is a school located in Boston, Mass. with around 13,000 undergraduates. Alumni report earning excellent value for their tuition dollars; the school ranks in the top 11 percent of universities by return on investment. Athletics form the core of Northeastern University social activity, but these students are also known for their studious nature and excellent test scores. This summary is derived from information given by NU grads who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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National Salary Data 
Software Engineer
19 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
13 salaries
Geotechnical Engineer
11 salaries
Senior Accountant
10 salaries
Electrical Engineer
9 salaries
Operations Manager
8 salaries
Executive Assistant
8 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 858
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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 are found working in a number of different fields including the education industry, the software development industry, and the health care industry. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the financial services industry. Those with a degree from NU make an average of $70K.


It's worth noting that female graduates earn a median salary of about $62K whereas the men's median is $81K.


The most generous salaries among NU alumni are reportedly earned by Software Engineers, whose median earnings come to around $86K, followed by Geotechnical Engineers ($84K) and IT Business Analysts ($78K). Executive Assistants get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of approximately $52K in this job.


NU alumni seem to appreciate living in Boston, and nearly one in three grads actually choose to stay and find employment here after completing their coursework. It is also not uncommon to find former NU students living and working in San Francisco, Calif. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $89K. On the other end, NU grads flock to New York, N.Y., which actually offers the weakest median salary of $63K. Neighboring Cambridge, Mass. is another common pick among NU grads, along with Chicago, Ill.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for NU grads with a Juris Doctor (JD), Master of Jurisprudence, or Master of Law (LLM) (average earnings climb to $130K per year). Those holding a B.A. in Journalism are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in $38K on average per year.


Project Management is a common skill among NU alumni — around a sixth of grads mention using it at work. Business Analysis commands a pay premium of 13 percent for former Huskies. Also considered top-notch skills are Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design.

Benefits and Perks

Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (two-fifths of alumni and one in three grads, respectively). Most graduates have medical plans, and a strong majority of grads have dental insurance. Most alums plan for retirement by taking advantage of a company-sponsored 401(k) program. Northeastern University alumni are also on the receiving end of life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Alumni of Syracuse University pick up average paychecks of about $69K, which is closest to the amount made by NU grads among similar schools. Boston College, Fordham University, and Teachers College at Columbia University are also similar to NU.

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Test Scores

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

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