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!). Replies from former Princeton students to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.

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Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education
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Senior Software Engineer
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Software Engineer
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Product Manager, Software
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Research Analyst
2 salaries
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Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Nov 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 113
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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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Former Princeton students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the aerospace and defense industry, the financial services industry, and software as a service (SAAS) development. The education industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. Less than five percent of Princeton grads move into the marketing, advertising, and media management industry — it is the road least traveled for this demographic. 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 starting salary for a graduate of Princeton is around $97K.


Male graduates of Princeton out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of $115K versus approximately $70K for women.


Among Princeton graduates, the biggest earners are Professors, who haul in about $145K on average. Next on the list are Senior Software Engineers and Physicists, bringing in $125K and $110K, respectively. On the lower end, Management Consultants report making $58K.


Many Princeton students are New York, N.Y.-bound following college. The top-paying city popular with Princeton alumni is Seattle, Wash., which offers a median salary of about $110K. Among popular cities, the lowest average pay is found in Princeton at $61K. Regardless of salary, a large portion of Princeton University grads opt to live in the area following graduation. Other cities of interest include San Francisco, Calif. and Washington, DC.

Degree Major

Princeton students with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (CS) can expect to make the most money (around $158K on average per year) compared to their fellow graduates. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a B.A. in Art History tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making an average $35K per year.


Data Analysis is a popular skill among Princeton alumni, with nearly one-eighth of workers reporting using it on the job. Former Tigers with Product Development experience garner salaries that are 45 percent more than other grads' salaries. Other prime know-hows include Project Management, Microsoft Excel, and Research Analysis.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only one in three grads are paid for vacation and just one in five survey participants for sick time. For this school, a large number of respondents are the recipients of health benefits, and a fair number of alums pick up dental plans, too. Most alums set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. Alumni of Princeton University also take in a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and gym / health club / fitness membership.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, Carnegie Mellon University grads (who make an average of $91K) 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.

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Test Scores

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

Key Stats for Princeton University


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$39,755 - $103,290
$59,760 - $142,217
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.
$37,745 - $142,431
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