Princeton University Alumni Average Salary

Around 5,000 people attend Princeton University, a institution based in Princeton, N.J. Academics are valued at this esteemed Ivy League institution, and so are athletics (Go Tigers!). The figures in this overview come from the responses of Princeton grads who took the PayScale salary survey.

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National Salary Data 
Software Engineer
19 salaries
Research Scientist
9 salaries
Software Developer
9 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
7 salaries
Research Associate (Unspecified Type)
6 salaries
Management Consultant
6 salaries
Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education
5 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Aug 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 534
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1 Nassau Hall
Princeton, NJ 08544-0070


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

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The financial services industry, software as a service (SAAS) development, and the software development industry are just a few of the areas in which Princeton grads find work. The most popular field is the education industry. Less than five percent of Princeton grads move into the aerospace and defense industry — it is the road least traveled for this demographic. Consistent with the high SAT scores reported by Princeton alumni, former students go on to earn high salaries. Former Princeton graduates bring in approximately $97K on average.


After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes $68K where the average male graduate hauls home $109K.


Princeton grads who become Professors garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in an average $155K annually. However, Senior Software Engineers and Construction Project Managers also rank as top-earners (bringing in $130K and around $122K, respectively). Software Engineers wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning about $94K.


Many Princeton students are New York, N.Y.-bound following college. Princeton alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Houston, Texas, which offers a median salary of around $155K. On the far end of the pay scale, Princeton alumni often reside in Boston, Mass., which is home to the lowest pay at $65K. Other common destinations include San Francisco, Calif. and Washington, DC.

Degree Major

Former Tigers who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Juris Doctor (JD), Master of Jurisprudence, or Master of Law (LLM) and earn a median salary of $147K per year. Graduates holding a B.A. in Art History fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of $38K.


Competency in Research Analysis translates into above-average pay for former Tigers — they earn 50 percent more than their fellow graduates. Princeton grads are usually competent in Project Management, and close to a seventh of alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Data Analysis, Research Analysis, and Microsoft Excel are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only about one in three grads enjoy paid vacation and one in five survey participants receive sick leave. Most alums set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Dental insurance applies to a strong majority of respondents, and most respondents report health coverage. Other benefits awarded to Princeton University alumni include a casual working environment, gym / health club / fitness membership, life insurance, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Compensation averages about $93K for Carnegie Mellon University alumni, making their earnings most comparable to Princeton grads. The University of Pennsylvania, New York University, and Columbia University in the City of New York are also similar to Princeton.

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Key Stats for Princeton University


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