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Average Salary for Reed College Alumni

Located in Portland, Ore., roughly 1,000 students call Reed College home for four years. The figures in this rundown were provided by Reed alumni who took the PayScale salary questionnaire.

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ROI Rank for Private not-for-profit Universities

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Mid-Career Salary Rank for Liberal Arts

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Typical Early Career Salary

Reed College Alumni

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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 43
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Reed College Details

3203 SE Woodstock Blvd
Portland, OR 97202-8199


Private Schools, Liberal Arts

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Graduates of Reed work in a variety of industries including the software development industry, the internet software services industry, and the education industry. The most popular professional field seems to be software as a service (SAAS) development. The average starting salary for a graduate of Reed is approximately $56K.


Male graduates of Reed out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of about $75K versus $50K for women.


The Reed alumni who make the most are VPs of Computer Software Engineering; they report a median pay of $168K. Software Engineers draw in a fair amount as well — $103K. Chemists face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at $45K.


It is typical for many Reed grads (a little less than a fifth of former students) to remain settled in Portland, which may come as a shock given the city's depressed salaries (median pay is around $43K). On the other hand, Reed alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Seattle, which offers median salaries of about $120K. San Francisco and Boston are also desirable cities.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid Reed alumni are those with a B.A. in Music — they earn close to $130K per year. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a B.A. in Bachelor of Arts (BA) — their annual income amounts to $42K on average.


Microsoft Office is a popular skill among Reed alumni, with close to an eighth of workers reporting using it on the job. Competency in MySQL translates into above-average pay for Reed College grads — they earn 88 percent more than their fellow graduates. Other prime know-hows include Microsoft Excel, Project Management, and MySQL.

Benefits and Perks

Only one in three grads earn paid vacation and just one in three grads get paid sick time. A solid majority of graduates save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. For this school, a strong majority of alums are the recipients of health benefits, and a majority of alums pick up dental plans, too. Reed College grads are also lucky enough to receive a casual working environment, free drinks, life insurance, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Compensation averages $54K for Concordia College at Moorhead alumni, making their earnings most comparable to Reed grads. 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 1950 2230
ACT Scores 28 32

Key Stats

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$35,543 - $61,000
$40,475 - $109,623
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.
$40,405 - $54,250
$98,264 - $165,083
$54,045 - $106,823

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