Average Salary for University of Chicago Alumni

The University of Chicago is a university known for giving students excellent value for their tuition costs. Located in Chicago, Ill., the school is ranked in the top 12 percent of universities by return on investment. The data for this snapshot was collected from U of C graduates who took PayScale's salary survey.

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University of Chicago Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Management Consultant
6 salaries
Data Analyst
6 salaries
Finance Director
6 salaries
Executive Director
5 salaries
Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization
5 salaries
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
5 salaries
Research Analyst
5 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 454

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About This School

5801 S Ellis Ave
Chicago, IL 60637


Private School, Research University

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The U of C alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the consulting industry, the financial services industry, and the health care industry. The most popular professional field seems to be the education industry. True to type, U of C alumni go from seeing above-average SAT scores and excellent graduation rates to landing well-paid positions in the workforce. Those with a degree from the U of C make an average of $85K.


In the U of C alumni community, men make a median salary of approximately $106K compared to their female counterparts, who earn about $59K.


Among U of C graduates, the biggest earners are Chief Executive Officers, who haul in $300K on average. Next on the list are Finance Directors and Chief Financial Officers, bringing in $137K and around $122K, respectively. Collecting the smallest paychecks are Social Workers — they bring in $47K.


It is typical for many U of C grads (nearly one in three former students) to remain in Chicago, Ill., which may come as a shock given the city's depressed salaries (median pay is $70K). However, U of C grads looking to fill their bank accounts consider moving to Seattle, Wash. — one of the most popular top-paying cities — with its median salary of $114K. Graduates also relocate to San Francisco, Calif. and Washington, DC.

Degree Major

Among the highest-paid U of C alumni are those with a medical degree — they earn close to $314K on average per year. Those holding a B.A. in English Language & Literature are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in about $38K on average per year.


University of Chicago grads with Strategic Planning experience garner salaries that are 49 percent more than other grads' salaries. Roughly one in seven grads report using Project Management as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Data Analysis, Financial Analysis, and Microsoft Excel are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

Only about one-third of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one-fourth of alumni receive sick leave. Health benefits extend to most graduates, and a fair number of grads also receive dental coverage. A large number of former students report contributing to a 401(k). University of Chicago graduates also take advantage of a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Compensation averages around $84K for Georgetown University alumni, making their earnings most comparable to U of C grads. Other schools similar to U of C include Northwestern University, the University of Notre Dame, and Case Western Reserve University.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 2140 2370
ACT Scores 32 35

Key Stats for University of Chicago


40 %
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$33,192 - $87,852
$48,460 - $138,198
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 94 votes.
$36,834 - $110,333
$42,255 - $140,176
$38,867 - $143,012
$43,790 - $121,481
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