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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

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ROI Rank for Private not-for-profit Universities

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Mid-Career Salary Rank for Research Universities

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Typical Early Career Salary

University of Chicago Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
11 salaries
Data Analyst
10 salaries
Executive Director
8 salaries
Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization
7 salaries
Research Analyst
7 salaries
Finance Director
6 salaries
Management Consultant
6 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 13 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 647
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University of Chicago Details

5801 S Ellis Ave
Chicago, IL 60637


Private Schools, Research Universities

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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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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

41 %
59 %
$32,579 - $85,449
$47,309 - $137,382
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 179 votes.
$36,600 - $104,149
$39,314 - $152,308
$38,151 - $135,299
$44,566 - $120,392

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