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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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.
Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education
6 salaries
Marketing Manager
4 salaries
Aerospace Engineer
4 salaries
Management Consultant
4 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
4 salaries
Software Engineer
4 salaries
Product Manager, Software
3 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 179
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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 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.


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


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.


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.


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


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$40,624 - $103,255
$58,319 - $144,733
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1-4 years
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.
$42,712 - $117,161
$51,064 - $137,344
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$38,520 - $130,000
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