Princeton University Alumni Average Salary

Princeton University is a university based in Princeton, N.J. that is home to around 5,000 undergraduates. The school offers students a stimulating college experience representative of its Ivy League roots. Athletes and fans also take pride in the school's strong athletic tradition. The numbers in this rundown were provided by the Princeton grads who participated in PayScale's salary survey.

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National Salary Data 
Software Engineer
21 salaries
Research Scientist
10 salaries
Business Analyst (Unspecified Type)
7 salaries
Executive Director
7 salaries
Software Developer
7 salaries
Management Consultant
7 salaries
Mechanical Engineer
6 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 13 Feb 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 534

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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 most popular career sector among alumni is the construction industry. Starting salaries of about $116K are the median among Princeton grads.


Male graduates on average earn more than female graduates; the first group banks $107K per year, but the second group takes home only $50K.


A large number of students head to King of Prussia, Pa. after college. Washington, DC is also a common destination for Princeton grads and offers the best pay with a median salary of $133K. On the other end, Princeton grads flock to New York, N.Y., which actually offers the weakest median salary of $61K.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Doctorate (PhD) from Princeton can rake in a whopping average around $135K per year, more than any other degree from this school. A B.A. in Bachelor of Arts (BA) offers the lowest median annual financial reward (approximately $50K).


Former Tigers with Business Development experience garner salaries that are 26 percent more than other grads' salaries. Project Management is a common skill among Princeton alumni — nearly one-fourth of grads mention using it at work. Proficiency in Research Analysis, Budget Management, and autodesk autocad command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

Benefits include paid time off, but vacation days are more heavily handed out than sick days; roughly half of the former students report receiving the former, but only one in three grads report receiving the latter. Most respondents have medical plans, and a majority of alums have dental insurance. A large number of respondents save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Princeton University grads also enjoy benefits like a casual working environment, life insurance, gym / health club / fitness membership, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Though Princeton grads make more money on average than grads at related schools, they bring in salaries closest to Yale University alumni (who earn $100K on average). 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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$41,860 - $68,672
$43,278 - $145,500
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