Average Salary for University of Pennsylvania Alumni

Nestled away in Philadelphia, Pa., the student population at the University of Pennsylvania, a private research school, is roughly 12,000. The school offers students a stimulating college experience representative of its Ivy League roots. Athletes and fans also take pride in the school's strong athletic tradition. The data for this synopsis comes from former Penn students who took the PayScale salary survey.

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Typical Early Career Salary

University of Pennsylvania 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.
Software Engineer
21 salaries
Design Architect
12 salaries
Management Consultant
10 salaries
Research Analyst
10 salaries
Social Worker
10 salaries
Architectural Designer
9 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
9 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 853
United States (change)

About This School

34th and Spruce Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6303



Private School, Research University, Ivy League, For Sports Fans

96 %

19 %

25 %

15 %

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Penn alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the health care industry, the architectural services industry, and the consulting industry. The most popular field is the education industry. Penn graduates often advance into high-paying positions, which is somewhat expected given their above-average SAT scores and graduation rate. Following graduation, Penn students earn an average of $79K.


Male graduates do tend to earn more than female graduates; the first group banks approximately $83K per year, but the second group takes home only $68K.


Penn grads who become Senior Software Engineers garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in about $112K annually. However, Software Engineers and Veterinarians also rank as top-earners (bringing in around $100K and $87K, respectively). Social Workers face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at $50K.


Though Philadelphia offers the least in terms of financial rewards (median pay is the lowest at around $64K), one-fifth of Penn students continue living here after college. Penn grads with a different agenda may consider the above-average salaries in San Francisco — pay averages to $85K. Other cities of interest include Washington, DC and Boston.


Lockheed Martin Corp offers the most generous salaries to Penn grads at about $117K. The most popular employer of new grads is actually Penn itself, even though it pays the lowest median salary of $48K.

Degree Major

Penn students with a Master of Science (MS), Business Management can expect to make the most money ($157K per year) compared to their fellow graduates. On the other end of the spectrum, those with a Master of Social Work (MSW), Clinical Social Work (CSW) tend to do the worst in terms of salary, making approximately $43K per year.


For former Quakers, proficiency in Strategic Planning warrants a paycheck that is 26 percent more than other alumni salaries. Project Management is a popular skill among Penn alumni, with about one in seven grads reporting using it on the job. Experience with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only about two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one in four survey participants receive sick leave. A solid majority of former students participate in a 401(k) program. A solid majority of alumni have medical plans, and a fair portion of graduates have dental insurance. Alumni of University of Pennsylvania also take in life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Compensation averages $80K for Yale University alumni, making their earnings most comparable to Penn grads. Princeton University, Johns Hopkins University, and New York University are also similar to Penn.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 2050 2320
ACT Scores 30 34

Key Stats for University of Pennsylvania


51 %
49 %
$40,239 - $93,377
$46,252 - $123,097
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 250 votes.
$40,521 - $87,388
$63,999 - $125,669
$44,510 - $70,706
$32,973 - $62,267
$97,332 - $152,605
$57,500 - $95,000
$92,989 - $110,991
$38,621 - $92,834
$42,150 - $105,667
$49,019 - $113,044
$45,298 - $114,000

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