Average Salary for University of Chicago Alumni

The University of Chicago is a school located in Chicago, Ill. with around 6,000 undergraduates. Alumni report earning excellent value for their tuition dollars; the school ranks in the top 12 percent of universities by return on investment. Figures cited in this summary are based on graduates' replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Typical Early Career Salary

University of Chicago Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data 
Data Analyst
5 salaries
Research Analyst
4 salaries
Social Worker
4 salaries
Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education
4 salaries
Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization
4 salaries
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
4 salaries
Management Consultant
4 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Aug 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 356
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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 belong to a wide range of sectors. A few fields in which grads tend to find work include the consulting industry, the health care industry, and the financial services industry. The education industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. It is quite common for U of C grads — a demographic that scores high on the SATs — to earn top-notch salaries in the workforce. Former U of C graduates bring in $81K on average.


There is a sizable difference between men's post-college salaries and women's: the median for the former is about $105K, but the median for the latter is only $56K.


Among U of C alumni, those working as Chief Financial Officers report the highest median pay of around $122K, followed by Management Consultants ($90K), and Executive Directors (approximately $65K). Collecting the smallest paychecks are Licensed Clinical Social Workers — they bring in $43K.


Chicago, Ill. keeps the largest number of U of C grads among cities despite the fact that it offers the lowest median compensation (about $70K). For those seeking more money, Houston, Texas is a popular destination for former U of C students; median pay is around $140K. Washington, DC and San Francisco, Calif. are popular choices as well.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for U of C grads with a medical degree (average earnings climb to $305K per year). A B.A. in Biology commands less pay, and these degree-holders face median pay of $36K.


Close to a seventh of U of C grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. University of Chicago grads with Strategic Planning abilities can expect to make 48 percent more than their former classmates ($120K). Other prime know-hows include Data Analysis, Microsoft Excel, and Financial Analysis.

Benefits and Perks

Only about one in three grads enjoy paid vacation and one in four survey participants receive sick leave. Nearly all alumni save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Dental insurance applies to a fair number of respondents, and nearly all survey participants report health coverage. University of Chicago alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

University of Rochester grads report the most similar salaries to U of C alums, earning $79K on average. Northwestern University, the University of Notre Dame, and Case Western Reserve University are also similar to U of C.

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Test Scores

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

Key Stats for University of Chicago


41 %
59 %
$32,564 - $86,066
$48,818 - $134,511

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 77 votes.
$36,312 - $115,250
$40,000 - $113,161
$47,667 - $148,559
$42,894 - $129,473

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