Average Salary for Reed College Alumni

Around 1,000 people attend Reed College, a institution based in Portland, Ore. The school puts an emphasis on undergraduate study in the liberal arts and sciences. The data in this summary come from Reed alumni who took the PayScale salary survey.

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Typical Early Career Salary

Reed College Alumni

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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 15 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 31

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About This School

3203 SE Woodstock Blvd
Portland, OR 97202-8199



Private School, Liberal Arts

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Software as a service (SAAS) development registers as the most common industry among alumni. Reed graduates see an average starting salary of $61K.


After graduation, women go on to earn an average of around $51K per year compared to men, who earn $88K.


Many Reed students are New York, N.Y.-bound following college. The top-paying city popular with Reed alumni is Seattle, Wash., which offers a median salary of about $130K. For comparison, the lowest-paying city popular with Reed alumni is Washington, DC, which offers a median salary of $45K. In addition, Reed grads flock to neighboring Portland, Ore. as well as San Francisco, Calif.

Degree Major

A graduate with a B.A. in Music from Reed can rake in a whopping average approximately $130K per year, more than any other degree from this school. Those with a B.A. in Linguistics face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average $49K per year.


About a seventh of grads report using Microsoft Excel as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Knowledge of MySQL seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 71 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($104K). In addition, those who are savvy in Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Data Analysis are also considered highly skilled.

Benefits and Perks

Only one in three grads for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one in three grads get paid sick time. Health benefits extend to nearly all former students, and a strong majority of graduates also receive dental coverage. The vast majority of former students save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Reed College grads also enjoy benefits like a casual working environment, free drinks, flexible hours, and life insurance.

Related Schools

Alumni of Thomas Aquinas College pick up average paychecks of approximately $61K, which is closest to the amount made by Reed grads among similar schools. Lewis & Clark College, Willamette University, and the University of Puget Sound are also similar to Reed.

Test Scores

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

Key Stats for Reed College


34 %
66 %
$42,500 - $66,500
$40,711 - $110,295
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

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