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Average Salary for Princeton University Alumni

Princeton University, a private research school in Princeton, N.J., has roughly 5,000 undergrads. Students of this well-respected school enjoy an excellent Ivy League curriculum and have a lot of Tigers team pride. The figures in this overview come from the responses of Princeton grads who took the PayScale 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.
Senior Software Engineer
7 salaries
Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education
6 salaries
Aerospace Engineer
5 salaries
Management Consultant
5 salaries
Marketing Manager
5 salaries
Software Engineer
4 salaries
Research Analyst
4 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 15 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 229

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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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Graduates of Princeton are found working in a number of different fields including the aerospace and defense industry, the software development industry, and the financial services industry. The education industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. It is typical for Princeton grads — a group that usually scores high on the SATs — to earn above-average incomes as well. Those with a degree from Princeton tend to make $89K.


After graduation, disparities in salary rise to the surface — males tend to earn about $110K per year compared to females' approximately $66K.


In the Princeton alumni professional community, Professors make the highest median pay ($145K), though Senior Software Engineers (around $120K), and Marketing Managers ($103K) are close competitors. Management Consultants face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at $64K.


Home to a large number of Princeton alums, New York is by far the most attractive city for these former students. Princeton grads also flock to San Francisco, which is home to salaries significantly above average (typical pay is around $111K). Home to the lowest median salary for Princeton alumni is Chicago, a popular place for former students despite its $48K average paycheck. Washington, DC and Boston also rank high on the list of cities.

Degree Major

A medical degree earns Princeton students the most money after college ($254K per year). A B.A. in Art History offers the lowest annual financial reward (approximately $38K).


Former Tigers with Java experience garner salaries that are 40 percent more than other grads' salaries. One in eight grads report using Project Management as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Demonstrated ability in Data Analysis, Microsoft Excel, and Research Analysis rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only one-third of alumni earn paid vacation and just one-fourth of alumni get paid sick time. The greater part of former students allocate some part of their earnings to a company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. A solid majority of former students have medical plans, and a fair portion of former students have dental insurance. Other benefits awarded to Princeton University alumni include a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and gym / health club / fitness membership.

Related Schools

Carnegie Mellon University graduates, who earn about $84K on average, make a similar amount to Princeton grads. 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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$42,145 - $95,466
$49,945 - $146,304
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1-4 years
5-9 years
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5
based on 71 votes.
$40,250 - $104,758
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$55,459 - $134,488
$41,976 - $120,850
$55,000 - $78,000
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