Average Salary for University of Chicago Alumni

Students looking for a top-value school need look no further than the University of Chicago. It is a university based in Chicago, Ill. that is ranked in the top 12 percent of universities by return on investment. This overview is derived from alumni replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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University of Chicago Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location.
Research Analyst
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Data Analyst
5 salaries
Management Consultant
5 salaries
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
5 salaries
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
4 salaries
Finance Director
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Executive Director
4 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 389
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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 are found working in a number of different fields including the consulting industry, the health care industry, and the financial services industry. The education industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. Students of U of C go on to make comfortable salaries after graduation, a trend consistent with the high graduation rates and above-average SAT scores reported by this group. The average starting salary for a graduate of the U of C is around $81K.


In the U of C alumni community, men make a median salary of $105K compared to their female counterparts, who earn $56K.


The biggest paychecks among U of C alumni are earned by Chief Financial Officers — these former students make a median salary of about $122K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Management Consultants ($90K) and Executive Directors ($65K). On the lower end, Licensed Clinical Social Workers report making approximately $43K.


Chicago, Ill. keeps the largest number of U of C grads among cities despite the fact that it offers the lowest median compensation ($70K). U of C grads with a different agenda may consider the above-average salaries in Houston, Texas — pay averages to approximately $140K. Washington, DC is also a common pick among U of C grads, along with San Francisco, Calif.

Degree Major

A medical degree leads to the highest pay for U of C grads (around $305K on average per year). Average annual salaries for those with a B.A. in Biology are the lowest of the pack, earning about $36K.


University of Chicago grads with Strategic Planning experience garner salaries that are 48 percent more than other grads' salaries. Many U of C grads have knowledge of Project Management, with one-seventh of alumni using this program on the clock. Data Analysis, Microsoft Excel, and Financial Analysis are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only one-third of alumni are paid for vacation and just one-fourth of alumni for sick time. Nearly all alums plan for retirement by taking advantage of a company-sponsored 401(k) program. Dental insurance applies to a fair number of survey participants, and the vast majority of respondents report health coverage. Graduates of University of Chicago are also recipients of a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Johns Hopkins University graduates, who earn $82K on average, make a similar amount to U of C grads. Other schools similar to U of C include Northwestern University, the University of Notre Dame, and Case Western Reserve University.

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Test Scores

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

Key Stats for University of Chicago


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$32,564 - $86,066
$48,818 - $134,511
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 77 votes.
$36,312 - $115,250
$40,000 - $113,161
$47,667 - $148,559
$42,894 - $129,473

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