Northwestern University Alumni Average Salary

Students looking for a top-value school need look no further than Northwestern University. It is a university based in Evanston, Ill. that is ranked 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. This report is based on the responses of NU graduates who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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College ROI Report

95th

20 Year Net ROI 

$546,000

Annual ROI 

6.2%

Total 4 Year Cost 

$248,000

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College Salary Report

52nd

Early Career Salary 

$56,300

Mid-Career Salary 

$102,000

% High Meaning 

54 %

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Northwestern University Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
National Salary Data 
$0$90K$180K$270K
Marketing Director
40 salaries
$123,151  
   
Marketing Manager
27 salaries
$87,309  
Software Engineer
25 salaries
$90,185  
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
24 salaries
$245,659  
Vice President (VP), Marketing
23 salaries
$145,437  
Data Analyst
20 salaries
$60,000  
Senior Marketing Manager
18 salaries
$121,359  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 13 Jul 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,469
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About This School

633 Clark St
Evanston, IL 60208

9,283

Private School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Industry

The consulting industry, the software development industry, and software as a service (SAAS) development are just a few of the areas in which NU grads find work. The education industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. Median pay for those who graduated from NU amounts to approximately $71K.

Gender

After graduation, women go on to earn an average of around $62K per year compared to men, who earn $82K.

Jobs

The most lucrative professionals among NU alumni are Senior Software Engineers; they earn a median annual salary of $108K. Also approaching the top of the pay scale at $99K and $86K, respectively, are Materials Scientists and Marketing Directors. Sliding in near the bottom are Assistant Editors, who report earnings of about $38K.

Locations

Chicago, Ill. is a hot spot for NU alum. NU alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Los Angeles, Calif., which offers a median salary of $90K. Though New York, N.Y. takes the cake for lowest pay among NU grads (the median salary is approximately $51K there), it remains a common destination for former students. San Francisco, Calif. and Washington, DC are also desirable cities.

Degree Major

A Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (CS) will compensate NU grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in $129K on average per year. Those holding a B.A. in Communication are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in about $50K on average per year.

Skills

Project Management is a popular skill among NU alumni, with roughly one in five grads reporting using it on the job. Strategic Marketing commands a pay premium of 34 percent for former Wildcats. Experience with Marketing Communications, Data Analysis, and Editing is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only one in three grads for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one in four survey participants get paid sick time. It is no small feat that a large number of alums are given health coverage, and a fair number of former students accept dental insurance. Most former students participate in a 401(k) program. Graduates of Northwestern University are also recipients of a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, George Washington University grads (who make an average of $73K) earn salaries most similar to NU alumni. 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

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %
Salary
$36,890 - $83,814
Salary
$46,243 - $119,912
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 30 votes.
$38,638 - $92,733
$49,938 - $119,238
$44,937 - $147,395
$43,963 - $100,880
$32,500 - $106,272
$10,819 - $144,828
$42,077 - $98,517

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