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. Students here support their sports teams in droves (Go Wildcats!), and the urban campus allows them to explore the city's many neighborhoods and cultural events. The information for this snapshot was generated by alumni responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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National Salary Data 
Software Engineer
7 salaries
Management Consultant
5 salaries
Assistant Editor
5 salaries
Director of Communications
4 salaries
Project Manager, Software Development
4 salaries
4 salaries
Managing Editor
4 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Nov 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 453
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About This School

633 Clark St
Evanston, IL 60208


Private School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Professionally, the health care industry, the software development industry, and the consulting industry are popular business areas among NU alumni. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the education industry. Those with an education from NU earn an average of approximately $73K.


There's a noticeable difference between the genders; where the average man hauls in about $82K after graduating from NU, the average woman earns only $65K.


NU grads who become Marketing Directors are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average $106K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Senior Marketing Managers and Software Development Project Managers; their salaries approach $105K and around $88K, respectively. Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Directors of Communications; alumni in this role face average salaries of $57K.


Chicago, Ill. is a hub for NU graduates — a large number call this city home. Los Angeles, Calif. is also a common destination for NU grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of $104K. The city with the lowest median paycheck frequented by NU alumni is Washington, DC, where earnings average $62K. Other common destinations include New York, N.Y. and San Francisco, Calif.

Degree Major

With a median annual earnings of around $187K per year, former Wildcats who have a medical degree are the best paid among the alumni population. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a B.A. in Communication ($49K on average annually).


Just under one-fifth of grads report using Project Management as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Former Wildcats who have experience with Strategic Planning can expect to make 32 percent more than other alumni (approximately $97K on average). Data Analysis, Editing, and Microsoft Office are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only one in three grads are paid for vacation and just one in four survey participants for sick time. Most alumni set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). A large number of grads enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a fair number of survey participants receive dental plans, too. Additional benefits handed to Northwestern University alumni include life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Median pay for Case Western Reserve University grads is about $74K, making their salaries most similar to those of NU grads. The University of Chicago, the University of Notre Dame, and Carnegie Mellon University are also similar to NU.

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Test Scores

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

Key Stats for Northwestern University


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