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Average Salary for University of Chicago Alumni

Ranked in the top 12 percent of universities by ROI, the University of Chicago is a private research university based in Chicago, Ill., home to around 6,000 undergraduates. Students of this private school report the city of Chicago as one of the university's greatest assets, where there's no shortage of things to do or places to explore. Figures cited in this summary are based on graduates' replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

Overall College ROI Rank

154
out of 1312
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ROI Rank for Private not-for-profit Universities

71
out of 476
 

Mid-Career Salary Rank for Research Universities

30
out of 267

Typical Early Career Salary

$48,800
University of Chicago Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
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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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
11 salaries
$126,869  
   
Data Analyst
10 salaries
$60,678  
Executive Director
8 salaries
$70,353  
Research Analyst
7 salaries
$52,903  
Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization
7 salaries
$34,622  
Software Developer
6 salaries
$64,241  
Management Consultant
6 salaries
$97,500  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 23 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 641
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University of Chicago Details

5801 S Ellis Ave
Chicago, IL 60637

5,618

Private Schools, Research Universities

92 %

22 %

45 %

16 %

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Industry

Professionally, the consulting industry, the financial services industry, and the health care industry are popular business areas among the U of C alumni. The majority of alumni accept jobs in the education industry. In line with impressive SAT scores, U of C grads also report top-earning positions in the workforce. Those with a degree from U of C tend to make $82K.

Gender

It's worth noting that female graduates earn a median salary of $59K whereas the men's median is around $101K.

Jobs

U of C grads who become Chief Executive Officers garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in about $195K annually. However, Finance Directors and Chief Financial Officers also rank as top-earners (bringing in $135K and $129K, respectively). On the lower end, Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators report making approximately $35K.

Locations

Nearly one in three U of C grads stay in Chicago, even though it offers the lowest median pay (around $70K). U of C alumni in search of the largest paycheck, on the other hand, will find it in Houston where $132K is the average pay. Washington, DC and San Francisco are popular choices as well.

Employers

Former U of C students head to British Petroleum (BP) for above-average paychecks of $126K. Recent graduates of U of C typically find jobs working for the school. Taking into account that the median salary is the lowest at approximately $59K, it may be surprising to learn this is the main place of work for new graduates.

Degree Major

With annual earnings of $308K per year, University of Chicago grads who have a medical degree are the best paid among the alumni population. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a B.A. in English Language & Literature tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making about $36K per year.

Skills

Knowledge of Strategic Planning seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 52 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($125K). Project Management is a common skill among U of C alumni — nearly one in eight grads mention using it at work. Also considered top-notch skills are Data Analysis, Microsoft Excel, and Financial Analysis.

Benefits and Perks

Only about one-third of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one-fourth of alumni receive sick leave. A solid majority of graduates participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. A solid majority of survey participants have medical plans, and most respondents have dental insurance. University of Chicago alumni are also on the receiving end of life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Median pay for Johns Hopkins University grads is around $81K, making their salaries most similar to those of 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*
* SAT writing score is not included.
1400 1570
ACT Scores 31 34

Key Stats

Female
41 %
Male
59 %
Salary
$32,579 - $85,449
Salary
$47,309 - $137,382
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
18%
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 179 votes.
$36,600 - $104,149
$39,314 - $152,308
$38,151 - $135,299
$44,566 - $120,392

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