Average Salary for Princeton University Alumni

Around 5,000 people attend Princeton University, a institution based in Princeton, N.J. Education is top-notch at this reputable Ivy League school, and so are the sports. Tigers pride runs deep. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.

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Princeton 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.
Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education
6 salaries
Marketing Manager
5 salaries
Aerospace Engineer
4 salaries
Software Engineer
4 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
4 salaries
Management Consultant
4 salaries
Research Analyst
3 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 199

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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 aerospace and defense industry, the financial services industry, and the consulting industry are just a few of the areas in which Princeton grads find work. The majority of Princeton alumni wind up in the education industry. Pulling in paychecks on the larger end are Princeton grads, which is not shocking considering the high SAT scores reported by this demographic. Former Princeton graduates bring in $94K on average.


After graduation, disparities in salary rise to the surface — males earn an average about $113K per year compared to females' around $68K.


Among Princeton graduates, the biggest earners are Professors, who haul in approximately $145K on average. Next on the list are Senior Software Engineers and Marketing Managers, bringing in $120K and $103K, respectively. Research Analysts pick up $50K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.


Home to a large number of Princeton alums, New York, N.Y. is by far the most attractive city for these former students. It is no surprise that Cambridge, Mass., which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is $142K), is another of the most popular spots for former Princeton students. Many former Tigers can't resist staying in Princeton after graduating despite the median salary there ranking lowest among popular cities ($61K). Other common destinations include San Francisco, Calif. and Washington, DC.

Degree Major

A medical degree leads to the highest pay for Princeton grads ($250K on average per year). The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a B.A. in Art History (approximately $36K on average annually).


Princeton alumni are often well versed in Project Management, with roughly an eighth of grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Product Development commands a pay premium of 49 percent for former Tigers. Also considered top-notch skills are Microsoft Excel, Data Analysis, and Research Analysis.

Benefits and Perks

Only about one-third of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one-fifth of alumni receive sick leave. It is no small feat that most grads are given health coverage, and a fair number of former students accept dental insurance. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, a large number of respondents contribute to a 401(k). Princeton University grads are also lucky enough to receive a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and gym / health club / fitness membership.

Related Schools

Carnegie Mellon University grads bring in salaries of around about $89K, making them the most similar to Princeton alumni in terms of earnings. Other schools similar to Princeton include the University of Pennsylvania, New York University, and Columbia University in the City of New York.

Test Scores

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

Key Stats for Princeton University


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$39,938 - $100,548
$51,521 - $145,329
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.
$39,063 - $112,315
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