University of Chicago Alumni Average Salary

Attending the University of Chicago, a university can pay off very well in the long run. The school is based in Chicago, Ill., and it is ranked in the top 12 percent of universities by return on investment. This report is based on the responses of U of C graduates who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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Software Engineer
22 salaries
Data Scientist
20 salaries
Data Analyst
20 salaries
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
20 salaries
Management Consultant
19 salaries
Product Manager, Software
16 salaries
Executive Director
13 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 15 Feb 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,357

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5801 S Ellis Ave
Chicago, IL 60637


Private School, Research University

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The software development industry, the industrial machinery and equipment repair and maintenance industry, and the social services industry are just a few of the areas in which the U of C grads find work. The most popular career sector among alumni is the manufacturing industry. Reminiscent of their reportedly high performance on the SAT and above-average graduation rates, U of C alumni often collect high salaries as well. Those with a degree from the U of C make an average of approximately $76K.


In the U of C alumni community, men make a median salary of around $86K compared to their female counterparts, who earn $51K.


Among U of C graduates, the biggest earners are Chief Financial Officers, who haul in $238K on average. Next on the list are Product Managers of Software and Information Architects, bringing in $117K and about $115K, respectively. Collecting the smallest paychecks are Marketing Communications Specialists — they bring in $47K.


Many U of C alumni remain in Chicago after graduation; over a third of grads find permanent positions in the workforce here. U of C alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Seattle, Wash., which offers a median salary of about $107K. On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among U of C grads is Washington, DC (median compensation is $58K). Graduates also relocate to San Francisco, Calif. and Boston, Mass.

Degree Major

Financial compensation is highest for U of C grads with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) (average earnings climb to approximately $162K per year). Average annual salaries for those with a master's in social work are the lowest of the pack, earning $44K.


Data Analysis is a popular skill among U of C alumni, with about one in seven grads reporting using it on the job. Strategic Planning commands a pay premium of 64 percent for University of Chicago grads. Proficiency in Strategic Planning, Project Management, and Microsoft Excel command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

Paid time off due to illness is less common here than paid vacation time, slightly more than one-third of alums report receiving the former, whereas just half of the alumni report receiving the latter. Most grads allocate some part of their earnings to a company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. Health benefits extend to a large number of survey participants, and a fair number of alums also receive dental coverage. Alumni of University of Chicago also take in a casual working environment, life insurance, flexible hours, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Alumni of University of Rochester pick up average paychecks of around $76K, which is closest to the amount made by U of C grads among similar schools. Other schools similar to U of C include Northwestern University, the University of Notre Dame, and Case Western Reserve University.

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$37,332 - $92,350
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