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Average Salary for Princeton University Alumni

Nestled away in Princeton, N.J., the student population at Princeton University, a private research school, roughly 5,000. Students of this well-respected school enjoy an excellent Ivy League curriculum and have a lot of Tigers team pride. This synopsis is derived from the responses of former Princeton students who took PayScale's salary survey.

Overall College ROI Rank

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ROI Rank for Private not-for-profit Universities

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Mid-Career Salary Rank for Ivy League

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Typical Early Career Salary

Princeton University Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
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Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education
8 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
7 salaries
Management Consultant
6 salaries
Software Engineer
6 salaries
Aerospace Engineer
5 salaries
Executive Director
5 salaries
Marketing Manager
5 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 302
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Princeton University Details

1 Nassau Hall
Princeton, NJ 08544-0070


Private Schools, Research Universities, Ivy League, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of Princeton go into the software development industry, the aerospace and defense industry, and the financial services industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. A large chunk of former Princeton students are employed in the education industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. True to type, Princeton alumni go from receiving above-average SAT scores to landing well-paid positions in the workforce. Starting salaries of $91K are common among Princeton grads.


After graduation, women go on to earn an average of $67K per year compared to men, who earn $110K.


Professors win the contest for best-paid Princeton alumni, typically making $145K every year, though Senior Software Engineers (around $120K), and Marketing Managers (approximately $103K) are not far behind. Sliding in near the bottom are Management Consultants, who report earnings of about $70K.


New York is a hot spot for Princeton alum. The top-paying city popular with Princeton alumni is San Francisco, which offers median salaries of $111K. Though Chicago takes the cake for lowest pay among Princeton grads (the median salary is approximately $49K there), it remains a common destination for former students. Washington, DC is also a common pick among Princeton grads, along with Princeton.

Degree Major

A medical degree leads to the highest pay for Princeton grads (around $258K per year). The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a B.A. in Art History ($38K annually).


Knowledge of Java seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 32 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($120K). Princeton grads are usually competent in Project Management, and nearly one-seventh of alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Competency in Data Analysis, Microsoft Excel, and Research Analysis also warrants excellent retribution.

Benefits and Perks

Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (one in three grads and one in four survey participants, respectively). The greater part of respondents opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. A solid majority of graduates receive health insurance, and most survey participants get dental coverage. Princeton University alumni are also on the receiving end of a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, Carnegie Mellon University grads (who make an average of about $88K) earn salaries most similar to Princeton alumni. The University of Pennsylvania, New York University, and Columbia University in the City of New York are also similar to Princeton.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 2120 2390
ACT Scores 31 35

Key Stats

44 %
56 %
$42,571 - $96,720
$51,521 - $145,456
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 83 votes.
$40,819 - $104,051
$59,305 - $136,757
$38,916 - $111,000
$55,996 - $137,344
$48,380 - $100,000
$41,976 - $120,850

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