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Average Salary for Northwestern University Alumni

Students looking for a top value school need look no further than Northwestern University, a private research university based in Evanston, Ill., that is ranked in the top 10 percent of universities by ROI. Though student life tends to revolve around sports, Northwestern University is home to some of the brightest undergraduates in the country, and academics are highly valued. This summary is derived from information given by NU grads who completed the PayScale salary survey.

Overall College ROI Rank
130
out of 1312
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ROI Rank for Private not-for-profit Universities
63
out of 476
Mid-Career Salary Rank for Research Universities
39
out of 267
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Typical Early Career Salary
$54,200
Northwestern University Alumni
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Mechanical Engineer
14 salaries
$69,390  
   
Software Engineer
13 salaries
$83,000  
Project Engineer
11 salaries
$71,277  
Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education
11 salaries
$68,314  
Director of Communications
10 salaries
$67,835  
Marketing Manager
9 salaries
$86,712  
Marketing Director
9 salaries
$106,000  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 22 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,102
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Northwestern University Details

Address:

633 Clark St
Evanston, IL 60208

Students Enrolled:

9,376

Categories:

Private Schools, Research Universities, For Sports Fans

Graduation Rate:

93 %

% STEM:

23 %

% Stay In State:

40 %

% Receiving Pell Grants:

14 %
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Industry

NU alumni belong to a wide range of sectors. A few fields in which grads tend to find work include the health care industry, the consulting industry, and the software development industry. The most popular field is the education industry. Those with a degree from NU tend to make about $73K.

Gender

There is a sizable difference between men's post-college salaries and women's: the median for the former is $82K, but the median for the latter is only approximately $65K.

Jobs

Marketing Managers win the contest for best-paid NU alumni, typically making $88K every year, though Software Engineers ($83K), and Senior Mechanical Engineers ($80K) are not far behind. On the lower end, Directors of Communications report making around $68K.

Locations

Chicago is a hub for NU graduates — a large number call this city home. The top-paying city popular with NU alumni is Los Angeles, which offers median salaries of $93K. The city with the lowest median paycheck frequented by NU alumni is Washington, DC, where earnings average approximately $62K. Other cities of interest include New York and San Francisco.

Employers

Former NU students head to Baxter Healthcare Corporation for above-average paychecks of around $93K. Recent graduates of NU typically find jobs working for the school. Taking into account that the median salary is the lowest at $58K, it may be surprising to learn this is the main place of work for new graduates.

Degree Major

A medical degree leads to the highest pay for NU grads ($152K per year). On the other end of the spectrum, those with a B.A. in Psychology tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making $45K per year.

Skills

Knowing Strategic Marketing can pay off big time for former Wildcats, who can expect a 36 percent bigger paycheck than other grads. Close to a sixth of grads report using Project Management as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Also considered top-notch skills are Data Analysis, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one-fourth of alumni get paid sick time. A solid majority of graduates participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. Health coverage is awarded to a strong majority of alumni, and dental insurance is issued to most grads as well. Northwestern University alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Washington University in St Louis grads report the most similar salaries to NU alums, earning about $73K on average. Other schools similar to NU include the University of Chicago, the University of Notre Dame, and Case Western Reserve University.

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Test Scores
Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 2060 2310
ACT Scores 31 34

Key Stats

Gender

Female

48 %

female alumni

Male

52 %

male alumni
Salary
$37,162 - $86,303
Salary
$45,168 - $115,958

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
16%

Job Satisfaction


Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 302 votes.

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