Average Salary for Northwestern University Alumni

Around 9,000 undergrads attend Northwestern University, a private research school in Evanston, Ill., grouped in the top 10 percent of universities by ROI, where they receive a great education with a lesser long-term cost. Students thrive off the school's sports-centered energy and urban environment, which offers countless areas to explore and numerous ways to keep busy. The data for this synopsis comes from former NU students who took the PayScale salary survey.

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Typical Early Career Salary

Northwestern University Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Mechanical Engineer
13 salaries
Software Engineer
11 salaries
Project Engineer
9 salaries
Senior Marketing Manager
8 salaries
Marketing Director
8 salaries
Chemical Engineer
7 salaries
Senior Mechanical Engineer
7 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 854
United States (change)

About This School

633 Clark St
Evanston, IL 60208


Private School, Research University, For Sports Fans

94 %

23 %

39 %

14 %

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Graduates of NU are found working in a number of different fields including the health care industry, the consulting industry, and the software development industry. A large chunk of former NU students are employed in the education industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. Typical pay for those who graduated from NU amounts to approximately $73K.


After graduation, disparities in salary rise to the surface — males tend to earn $81K per year compared to females' about $65K.


The biggest paychecks among NU alumni are earned by Marketing Directors — these former students make $106K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Marketing Managers ($87K) and Software Engineers ($83K). Assistant Professors pick up around $65K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.


Chicago is a hub for NU graduates — a large number call this city home. With a median salary of $93K, Los Angeles represents the highest-paid city popular among NU grads. On the other hand, NU alumni who end up in Washington, DC receive the lowest median salaries of around $62K. Other popular cities include New York and San Francisco.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance from NU can rake in a whopping $181K per year, more than any other degree from this school. Graduates holding a B.A. in Psychology fare the worst in terms of compensation with yearly salaries of $42K.


Former Wildcats with Strategic Marketing abilities can expect to make 34 percent more than their former classmates ($98K). Project Management is a popular skill among NU alumni, with nearly one in six grads reporting using it on the job. Competency in Data Analysis, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel also warrants excellent retribution.

Benefits and Perks

Only about two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one-fourth of alumni receive sick leave. A solid majority of grads set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). A solid majority of respondents enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a fair portion of former students receive dental plans, too. Alumni of Northwestern University also take in life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Compensation averages about $74K for George Washington University alumni, making their earnings most comparable to NU grads. Other schools similar to NU include the University of Chicago, the University of Notre Dame, and Case Western Reserve University.

Test Scores

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

Key Stats for Northwestern University


47 %
53 %
$37,989 - $85,800
$45,347 - $116,642
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 266 votes.
$37,696 - $90,336
$50,107 - $124,403
$40,896 - $94,459
$36,037 - $107,056
$39,980 - $113,924
$32,973 - $140,816

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