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Average Salary for University of Chicago Alumni

Combining good value and great education, the University of Chicago is ranked in the top 12 percent of universities by return on investment. Alumni report high financial returns compared to the tuition they paid to attend this a university based in Chicago, Ill. This report is based on the responses of U of C graduates who completed the PayScale salary survey.

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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

National Salary Data (?
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Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
7 salaries
Research Analyst
6 salaries
Data Analyst
6 salaries
Finance Director
6 salaries
Executive Director
6 salaries
Management Consultant
6 salaries
Social Worker
5 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 15 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 506

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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 most popular professional field seems to be the education industry. U of C alumni rake in larger-than-average salaries, and they also score high on the SATs. Graduates of the U of C earn around $85K on average.


After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes $61K where the average male graduate hauls home $106K.


Finance Directors win the contest for best-paid U of C alumni, making $137K on average every year, though Chief Financial Officers (approximately $122K), and Management Consultants ($90K) are not far behind. Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning about $34K.


When it comes to compensation, Chicago, Ill. brings up the rear (median pay is $71K); however, close to a third of U of C alumni still choose not to leave this city. On the opposite end of the pay scale is Houston, Texas, a top-paying city for U of C grads looking to earn a larger-than-average sum (this city has a median pay of $136K). Other common destinations include Washington, DC and San Francisco, Calif.

Degree Major

University of Chicago grads who fare the best in terms of salary hold a medical degree and earn a median salary of $310K per year. Average annual salaries for those with a B.A. in English Language & Literature are the lowest of the pack, earning around $38K.


Competency in Leadership translates into above-average pay for University of Chicago grads — they earn 43 percent more than their fellow graduates. U of C alumni are often well versed in Project Management, with approximately one in seven grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Data Analysis, Microsoft Excel, and Financial Analysis are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

Only one-third of alumni earn paid vacation and just one-fourth of alumni get paid sick time. Health coverage is awarded to most alums, and dental insurance is issued to a fair number of survey participants as well. A large number of alums save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Other benefits awarded to University of Chicago alumni include life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Alumni of Georgetown University pick up average paychecks of approximately $84K, 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.

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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$33,630 - $89,144
$48,534 - $137,633
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 103 votes.
$37,747 - $110,867
$42,255 - $140,176
$38,867 - $143,012
$43,960 - $120,392
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