Northwestern University Alumni Average Salary

Northwestern University is a school located in Evanston, Ill. with around 9,000 undergraduates. Alumni report earning excellent value for their tuition dollars; the school ranks in the top 10 percent of universities by return on investment. Much of campus life revolves around sports (Go Wildcats!), and the urban location lets student freely explore the diverse, interesting city at their fingertips. The data for this snapshot was collected from NU graduates who took PayScale's salary survey.

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Marketing Director
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Software Engineer
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Marketing Manager
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Senior Product Manager
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 10 Feb 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,110

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About This School

633 Clark St
Evanston, IL 60208


Private School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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The financial services industry, the consulting industry, and the health care services industry are just a few of the areas in which NU grads find work. The most popular career sector among alumni is the education industry. Former NU graduates bring in $69K on average.


There is a sizable difference between men's post-college salaries and women's: the median for the former is approximately $87K, but the median for the latter is only $60K.


Chicago, Ill. is a hot spot for NU alum. Another city that attracts a wealth of NU grads is Dallas, Texas; given its high compensation (around $120K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. On the other end, NU grads flock to New York, N.Y., which actually offers the weakest median salary of about $43K. In addition, grads flock to Seattle, Wash. as well as San Francisco, Calif.

Degree Major

A Master of Business Administration (MBA) earns NU students the most money after college (an average $159K per year). Graduates holding a Master's Degree fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of $40K.


Many former NU students are familiar with Project Management, and slightly less than a fourth of grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Knowledge of Operations Management seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 48 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($103K). Also considered top-notch skills are Marketing Communications, Microsoft Office, and Editing.

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 five survey participants, respectively). Health benefits extend to most former students, and a strong majority of respondents also receive dental coverage. A large number of alums participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. Northwestern University grads are also lucky enough to receive a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Washington University in St Louis graduates, who earn around $71K on average, make a similar amount to NU grads. The University of Chicago, the University of Notre Dame, and Case Western Reserve University are also similar to NU.

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Key Stats for Northwestern University


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$35,297 - $72,765
$53,039 - $120,951

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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.
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5-9 years
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20 years or more
$38,794 - $94,640
$57,990 - $108,090
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