Average Salary for Princeton University Alumni

Nestled away in Princeton, N.J., Princeton University, a school, has a student population of roughly 5,000. Ivy League prominence and a strong sports tradition (Go Tigers!) set this school apart from the pack, and students enjoy a rich education. Replies from former Princeton students to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.

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Overall College ROI Rank

9
out of 1223
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ROI Rank for Private not-for-profit Universities

7
out of 402
 

Mid-Career Salary Rank for Ivy League

4
out of 8

Typical Early Career Salary

$60,000
Princeton University Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education
6 salaries
$145,000  
   
Senior Software Engineer
4 salaries
$124,800  
Management Consultant
4 salaries
$57,249  
Software Engineer
4 salaries
$93,500  
Marketing Manager
4 salaries
$105,000  
Aerospace Engineer
4 salaries
$89,000  
Research Analyst
3 salaries
$45,000  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 177
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About This School

1 Nassau Hall
Princeton, NJ 08544-0070

5,323

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

97 %

32 %

6 %

14 %


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Industry

Graduates of Princeton work in a variety of sectors including the aerospace and defense industry, the financial services industry, and software as a service (SAAS) development. The most popular field is the education industry. Less than five percent of Princeton grads move into the health care industry — it is the road least traveled for this demographic. Students of Princeton go on to make comfortable salaries after graduation, a trend consistent with the above-average SAT scores reported by this group. Former Princeton graduates bring in $95K on average.

Gender

After graduation, women go on to earn an average of about $69K per year compared to men, who earn around $116K.

Jobs

Princeton grads who become Professors are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average $145K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Senior Software Engineers and Marketing Managers; their salaries approach approximately $125K and $105K, respectively. Management Consultants wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning $57K.

Locations

New York, N.Y. is a hot spot for Princeton alum. Princeton grads also flock to Seattle, Wash., which is home to salaries significantly above average (median pay is about $110K). Princeton University pride remains intact long after college is over, and many former students choose to live in Princeton despite the city offering some of the lowest median pay ($61K). Other common destinations include San Francisco, Calif. and Washington, DC.

Degree Major

A medical degree earns Princeton students the most money after college (an average approximately $250K per year). Average annual salaries for those with a B.A. in Art History are the lowest of the pack, earning around $35K.

Skills

Former Tigers who have experience with Product Development can expect to make 47 percent more than other alumni ($140K on average). Project Management is a common skill among Princeton alumni — nearly one in eight grads mention using it at work. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Data Analysis, and Research Analysis command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only one in three grads for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one in five survey participants get paid sick time. A large number of respondents save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Most alums have medical plans, and a strong majority of alums have dental insurance. Graduates of Princeton University are also recipients of a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and gym / health club / fitness membership.

Related Schools

Compensation averages $91K 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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Test Scores

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

Key Stats for Princeton University

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %
Salary
$40,624 - $103,255
Salary
$58,319 - $144,733
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.
$42,712 - $117,161
$51,064 - $137,344
$71,899 - $150,000
$38,520 - $130,000
$69,200 - $130,508
$39,443 - $120,850

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