University of Chicago Alumni Average Salary

Around 6,000 undergrads attend the University of Chicago, a school in Chicago, Ill.. The school sits in the top 12 percent of universities by return on investment. The figures in this overview come from the responses of U of C grads who took the PayScale salary survey.

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University of Chicago School Alumni

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Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
3 salaries
Product Manager, Software
3 salaries
Information Architect
2 salaries
Program Project Manager
2 salaries
Information Technology (IT) Director
2 salaries
Management Consultant
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Jun 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 52

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About This School

5801 S Ellis Ave
Chicago, IL 60637


Private School, Research University

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Graduates of the U of C head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the software development industry, the social services industry, and the financial services industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The most popular career sector among alumni is the manufacturing industry. Former U of C graduates bring in $72K on average.


In the U of C alumni community, men make a median salary of $82K compared to their female counterparts, who earn $50K.


The biggest paychecks among U of C alumni are earned by Chief Financial Officers — these former students make a median salary of $238K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Product Managers of Software (about $117K) and Information Architects (around $115K). Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Marketing Communications Specialists who make an average of approximately $47K.


Graduates of U of C seem to enjoy living in Chicago, and more than a third of grads wind up living and working there after graduation. The top-paying city popular with U of C alumni is Seattle, Wash., which offers a median salary of around $105K. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among U of C grads is Washington, DC (median compensation is $58K). San Francisco, Calif. and Boston, Mass. also rank high on the list of cities.

Degree Major

U of C grads who hold a Master of Business Administration (MBA) can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average $163K per year. A master's in social work offers the lowest median annual financial reward ($44K).


Competency in Information Architecture translates into above-average pay for University of Chicago grads — they earn 60 percent more than their fellow graduates. Close to one-seventh of U of C grads wind up using Data Analysis at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Proficiency in Project Management, Microsoft Excel, and Strategic Planning command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

Just over two-fifths of respondents can rely on paid vacation days, but just one in three grads have the luxury of paid sick time. To plan for old age, most former students maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. Health benefits extend to most alumni, and a strong majority of respondents also receive dental coverage. University of Chicago grads also enjoy benefits like a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

George Washington University grads bring in salaries of around $75K, making them the most similar to U of C alumni in terms of earnings. Northwestern University, the University of Notre Dame, and Case Western Reserve University are also similar to U of C.

Test Scores

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

Key Stats for University of Chicago


34 %
66 %
$32,500 - $80,000
$39,333 - $117,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$37,409 - $78,225
$43,158 - $83,424
$58,958 - $114,033

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