Reed College Alumni Average Salary

Nestled away in Portland, Ore., Reed College, a school, has a student population of roughly 1,000. The school prioritizes education in the liberal arts and sciences for undergraduate students. The data for this snapshot was collected from Reed graduates who took PayScale's salary survey.

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Reed College Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Years Experience
National Salary Data 
1-4 years
12 salaries
5-9 years
3 salaries
10-19 years
4 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 27 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 19
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About This School

3203 SE Woodstock Blvd
Portland, OR 97202-8199


Private School, Liberal Arts

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The majority of Reed alumni wind up in software as a service (SAAS) development. Former Reed students do not typically enter the software development industry; in fact, less than ten percent of graduates find work in this area, making it the least likely field for this group to enter. Reed graduates see an average starting salary of around $59K.


After graduation, disparities in salary rise to the surface — males earn an average $98K per year compared to females' about $51K.


Rather than relocating after graduation, many Reed alumni (roughly a seventh of) end up finding permanent jobs in Portland. It is also not uncommon to find former Reed students living and working in Seattle, Wash. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $120K. Reed alumni in Washington, DC can often be found sliding in at the lower end of the pay scale, where median paychecks are the smallest at $45K. New York, N.Y. and San Francisco, Calif. are also desirable cities.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for Reed grads with a Doctorate (PhD) (average earnings climb to $109K per year). A B.A. in Linguistics commands less pay, and these degree-holders face median pay of approximately $49K.


Reed College grads who have experience with Statistical Analysis can expect to make 82 percent more than other alumni ($108K on average). Proficiency in Microsoft Office is common among Reed alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, approximately one in six former students report doing so. In addition, those who are savvy in MySQL, Microsoft Excel, and Project Management are also considered highly skilled.

Benefits and Perks

Only about one in three grads enjoy paid vacation and one in four survey participants receive sick leave. For this school, almost all alums are the recipients of health benefits, and a fair number of respondents pick up dental plans, too. Nearly all alumni set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Reed College grads are also lucky enough to receive a casual working environment, free drinks, flexible hours, and life insurance.

Related Schools

Compensation averages $58K for University of Puget Sound alumni, making their earnings most comparable to Reed grads. Lewis & Clark College, Willamette University, and Whitman College are also similar to Reed.

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Test Scores

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

Key Stats for Reed College


42 %
58 %
$42,500 - $66,500
$39,662 - $107,474
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

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