Average Salary for Reed College Alumni

Reed College is a university based in Portland, Ore. that is home to around 1,000 undergraduates. Known for its liberal arts and sciences education, undergraduates often take classes in this field. The information for this snapshot was generated by alumni responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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Typical Early Career Salary

Reed College Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Software Engineer
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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 alumni accept jobs in software as a service (SAAS) development. Former Reed students do not typically enter the software development industry; in fact, about five percent of graduates find work in this area, making it the least likely field for this group to enter. Starting salaries of approximately $60K are the median among Reed grads.


After graduation, disparities in salary rise to the surface — males earn an average $88K per year compared to females' $51K.


Many Reed students are New York, N.Y.-bound following college. 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 $140K. 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. Close-by Portland, Ore. and San Francisco, Calif. are also desirable cities among Reed alumni.

Degree Major

Reed College grads who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Doctorate (PhD) and earn a median salary of around $109K per year. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a B.A. in Linguistics — their annual income amounts to about $49K on average.


Reed College grads with Statistical Analysis abilities can expect to make 79 percent more than their former classmates ($108K). Reed grads are usually competent in Microsoft Office, and nearly one in seven alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Other prime know-hows include Microsoft Excel, Project Management, and MySQL.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about one in three grads) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one in four survey participants get sick time. The vast majority of alums save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. The vast majority of grads receive health insurance, and a strong majority of alumni get dental coverage. Reed College grads also enjoy benefits like a casual working environment, free drinks, flexible hours, and life insurance.

Related Schools

Compensation averages about $59K 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.

Test Scores

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

Key Stats for Reed College


36 %
64 %
$42,500 - $66,500
$40,441 - $109,036
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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