Princeton University Alumni Average Salary

Princeton University, a school in Princeton, N.J., has roughly 5,000 undergrads. Academics are valued at this esteemed Ivy League institution, and so are athletics (Go Tigers!). Alumni participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

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Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Software Engineer
22 salaries
Research Scientist
10 salaries
Management Consultant
8 salaries
Business Analyst (Unspecified Type)
7 salaries
Executive Director
7 salaries
Software Developer
7 salaries
Data Analyst
6 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 520

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About This School

1 Nassau Hall
Princeton, NJ 08544-0070


Private School, Research University, Ivy League, For Sports Fans

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The most highly represented industry among alumni is the construction industry. It is quite common for Princeton grads — a demographic that scores high on the SATs and boasts excellent graduation rates — to earn top-notch salaries in the workforce. The average salary for a grad from Princeton is around $97K.


A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only approximately $50K on average compared to about $101K for male graduates.


A large number of students head to King of Prussia, Pa. after college. Washington, DC is another hot spot for Princeton grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to $133K). Home to the lowest median salary for Princeton alumni is New York, N.Y., a popular place for former students despite its $61K average paycheck.

Degree Major

Former Tigers who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Doctorate (PhD) and earn a median salary of $162K per year. Those with a B.A. in Bachelor of Arts (BA) face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average $50K per year.


A little less than a fifth of Princeton grads wind up using Autodesk AutoCAD at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Competency in Business Development translates into above-average pay for former Tigers — they earn 51 percent more than their fellow graduates. Proficiency in Project Management, Budget Management, and Research Analysis command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

Though just over half of the respondents get paid time off for vacation, only one-third of alumni receive paid sick leave. Health coverage is awarded to a large number of grads, and dental insurance is issued to a majority of grads as well. Most survey participants participate in a 401(k) program. Additional benefits handed to Princeton University alumni include a casual working environment, life insurance, flexible hours, and gym / health club / fitness membership.

Related Schools

Median pay for Yale University grads is $99K, making their salaries most similar to those of Princeton grads. Other schools similar to Princeton include the University of Pennsylvania, New York University, and Columbia University in the City of New York.

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