Average Salary for University of Chicago Alumni

Around 6,000 undergrads attend the University of Chicago, a private research school in Chicago, Ill., grouped in the top 12 percent of universities by ROI, where they receive a great education with a lesser long-term cost. Situated in the heart of Chicago, University of Chicago offers its students a selective private school education in an exciting urban environment. The data for this synopsis comes from former U of C students who took the PayScale salary survey.

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Typical Early Career Salary

University of Chicago Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
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.
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
7 salaries
Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization
6 salaries
Finance Director
6 salaries
Management Consultant
6 salaries
Executive Director
6 salaries
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
6 salaries
Research Analyst
6 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 26 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 533
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About This School

5801 S Ellis Ave
Chicago, IL 60637


Private School, Research University

93 %

22 %

42 %

12 %

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Graduates of the U of C are found working in a number of different fields including the consulting industry, the financial services industry, and the health care industry. The most popular career sector among alumni is the education 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. Typical pay for those who graduated from U of C amounts to $82K.


In the U of C alumni community, men make a median salary of $102K compared to their female counterparts, who earn around $60K.


The most generous salaries among U of C alumni are reportedly earned by Finance Directors, whose earnings come to approximately $137K, followed by Chief Financial Officers (about $127K) and Management Consultants ($98K). Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators, making an average of $35K.


Infamous for its meager salaries (average pay is the lowest at approximately $70K), close to one-third of U of C students still call Chicago their home after graduation. However, U of C grads looking to fill their bank accounts consider moving to Houston — one of the most popular top-paying cities — with its median salary of $132K. Washington, DC and San Francisco are popular choices as well.


Rolling in at $126K, British Petroleum (BP) offers the highest salaries to former students of U of C. Many U of C grads take jobs working for the university. Below-average paychecks — the median salary is the lowest at $59K — do not seem to impact student employment; in fact, the university is one of the busiest places for former students to work.

Degree Major

A graduate with a medical degree from U of C can rake in a whopping $308K per year, more than any other degree from this school. Those holding a B.A. in English Language are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in around $36K per year.


University of Chicago grads with Strategic Planning experience garner salaries that are 52 percent more than other grads' salaries. Many U of C grads have knowledge of Project Management, with approximately one-seventh of alumni using this program on the clock. Competency in Data Analysis, Microsoft Excel, and Financial Analysis also warrants excellent retribution.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about one in three grads) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one in four survey participants get sick time. Health benefits extend to a strong majority of grads, and a fair portion of survey participants also receive dental coverage. To plan for old age, the greater part of former students maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. 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

Alumni of Johns Hopkins University pick up average paychecks of about $81K, which is closest to the amount made by U of C grads among similar schools. 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


41 %
59 %
$32,684 - $86,463
$47,213 - $137,041
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 161 votes.
$37,377 - $103,621
$39,801 - $147,250
$37,880 - $139,116
$44,420 - $114,783

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