Northwestern University Alumni Average Salary

Around 9,000 undergrads attend Northwestern University, a school in Evanston, Ill.. The school sits 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 information for this snapshot was generated by alumni responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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Northwestern University School Alumni

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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 73

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About This School

633 Clark St
Evanston, IL 60208


Private School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Former NU students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the financial services industry, the architectural and engineering services industry, and the pharmaceuticals industry. The majority of NU alumni wind up in the education industry. Starting salaries of approximately $70K are the median among NU grads.


A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only $60K on average compared to $92K for male graduates.


Many NU grads end up living in Chicago, Ill., deeming it the most popular city for former students of this school. NU alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Dallas, Texas, which offers a median salary of around $135K. On the far end of the pay scale, NU alumni often reside in New York, N.Y., which is home to the lowest pay at $43K. In addition, grads flock to Washington, DC as well as Seattle, Wash.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from NU can rake in a whopping average $159K per year, more than any other degree from this school. Those with a Master's Degree face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average about $40K per year.


NU alumni are often well versed in Project Management, with approximately one in five grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Former Wildcats with Operations Management experience garner salaries that are 46 percent more than other grads' salaries. Marketing Communications, Microsoft Office, and Training are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (one-third of alumni and one-seventh of alumni, respectively). Most alums save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. A large number of alums receive health insurance, and a fair number of alums get dental coverage. Northwestern University graduates also take advantage of a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

University of Chicago graduates, who earn $70K on average, make a similar amount to NU grads. Other schools similar to NU include the University of Notre Dame, Case Western Reserve University, and Carnegie Mellon University.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 2080 2320
ACT Scores 31 34

Key Stats for Northwestern University


47 %
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$35,724 - $75,000
$54,117 - $122,786

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$38,628 - $95,111
$59,395 - $116,250
$57,000 - $92,000
$59,933 - $179,000

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