Average Salary for Reed College Alumni

Reed College, a school in Portland, Ore., has roughly 1,000 undergrads. Students here receive a well-rounded education — undergraduate study in the liberal arts and sciences is common. The figures in this overview come from the responses of Reed grads who took the PayScale salary survey.

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Reed College Alumni

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About This School

3203 SE Woodstock Blvd
Portland, OR 97202-8199



Private School, Liberal Arts

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The most popular career sector among alumni is software as a service (SAAS) development. Approximately five percent of Reed grads move into the software development industry — it is the road least traveled for this demographic. The average starting salary for a graduate of Reed is approximately $60K.


A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only about $51K on average compared to around $98K for male graduates.


Portland is a popular place for Reed students to settle after graduation, and nearly one in six grads find steadfast employment in the city. Reed grads also flock to Seattle, Wash., which is home to salaries significantly above average (median pay is $120K). Washington, DC is a popular spot for former Reed students at the opposite end of the pay scale; in fact, average salaries there are the lowest at $45K. Other common destinations include New York, N.Y. and San Francisco, Calif.

Degree Major

A Doctorate (PhD) earns Reed students the most money after college (an average $109K per year). Average annual salaries for those with a B.A. in Linguistics are the lowest of the pack, earning $49K.


Reed alumni are often well versed in Microsoft Office, with close to a sixth of grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Statistical Analysis commands a pay premium of 80 percent for Reed College grads. Other prime know-hows include MySQL, Microsoft Excel, and Project Management.

Benefits and Perks

Only one-third of alumni earn paid vacation and just one-third of alumni get paid sick time. The vast majority of former students take advantage of a 401(k) plan. Health benefits extend to the vast majority of alumni, and a fair number of alums also receive dental coverage. Graduates of Reed College are also recipients of free drinks, a casual working environment, life insurance, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Compensation averages $59K for University of Puget Sound alumni, making their earnings most comparable to Reed grads. Other schools similar to Reed include Lewis & Clark College, Willamette University, and Whitman College.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1918 2190
ACT Scores 28 33

Key Stats for Reed College


39 %
61 %
$42,500 - $66,500
$39,973 - $108,495

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

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