Average Salary for Princeton University Alumni

Nestled away in Princeton, N.J., Princeton University, a school, has a student population of roughly 5,000. Students of this well-respected school enjoy an excellent Ivy League curriculum and have a lot of Tigers team pride. This overview is based on graduates' answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Princeton University Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education
6 salaries
Aerospace Engineer
4 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
4 salaries
Software Engineer
4 salaries
Marketing Manager
3 salaries
Management Consultant
3 salaries
3 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 164
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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 aerospace and defense industry, the financial services industry, and software as a service (SAAS) development are just a few of the areas in which Princeton grads find work. A large chunk of former Princeton students are employed in the education industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. The health care industry is perhaps the least commonly worked industry among Princeton grads, with less than five percent of former students experienced in this area. In line with impressive SAT scores, Princeton grads also report top-earning positions in the workforce. Median pay for those who graduated from Princeton amounts to $97K.


After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes $70K where the average male graduate hauls home $116K.


The most lucrative professionals among Princeton alumni are Professors; they earn a median annual salary of $145K. Also approaching the top of the pay scale at around $125K and approximately $105K, respectively, are Senior Software Engineers and Marketing Managers. Collecting the smallest paychecks are Research Analysts — they bring in about $45K.


Many Princeton grads end up living in New York, N.Y., deeming it the most popular city for former students of this school. The top-paying city popular with Princeton alumni is Seattle, Wash., which offers a median salary of approximately $110K. Relative to other popular cities, Princeton ranks low on the pay scale (average pay is $61K); however, Princeton University grads enjoy the area so much that they often choose to reside here after graduation despite the drawback in salary. San Francisco, Calif. and Washington, DC are popular choices as well.

Degree Major

A graduate with a medical degree from Princeton can rake in a whopping average $250K per year, more than any other degree from this school. A B.A. in Art History is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of around $35K.


Former Tigers with Product Development experience garner salaries that are 44 percent more than other grads' salaries. Princeton grads are usually competent in Project Management, and roughly one in eight alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Proficiency in Data Analysis, Microsoft Excel, and Research Analysis command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about one-third of alumni) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one-fifth of alumni get sick time. A large number of survey participants set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; most grads are rewarded with health insurance and a fair number of alumni report dental coverage, too. Additional benefits handed to Princeton University alumni include a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and gym / health club / fitness membership.

Related Schools

Compensation averages about $91K for Carnegie Mellon University alumni, making their earnings most comparable 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.

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Test Scores

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

Key Stats for Princeton University


46 %
54 %
$40,988 - $104,440
$58,319 - $144,733

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.
$42,412 - $117,598
$51,064 - $137,344
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