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Average Salary for University of Pennsylvania Alumni

Nestled away in Philadelphia, Pa., the student population at the University of Pennsylvania, a private research school, roughly 12,000. Undergraduates of the school enjoy a prestigious Ivy League education as well as school athletics, which have a strong presence on campus. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by Penn graduates who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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University of Pennsylvania Details


34th and Spruce Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6303

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Private Schools, Research Universities, Ivy League, For Sports Fans

Graduation Rate:

96 %


19 %

% Stay In State:

23 %

% Receiving Pell Grants:

14 %
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Penn alumni belong to a wide range of sectors. A few fields in which grads tend to find work include the health care industry, the architectural services industry, and the financial services industry. Among Penn grads, the education industry is a commonly chosen career field. It is quite common for Penn grads — a demographic that scores high on the SATs — to earn top-notch salaries in the workforce. The average salary for a grad from Penn is $79K.


In the Penn alumni community, men make a median salary of approximately $83K compared to their female counterparts, who earn $69K.


In the Penn alumni professional community, Senior Software Engineers make the highest median pay (around $112K), though Software Engineers ($100K), and Veterinarians (about $88K) are close competitors. On the lower end, Social Workers report making $50K.


Though Philadelphia offers the least in terms of financial rewards (median pay is the lowest at $65K), nearly one in five Penn students continue living here after college. On the flipside, Penn grads seeking above-average pay can find soaring salaries in San Francisco where median pay is $85K. Other common destinations include Washington, DC and Boston.


Penn grads can make the most money at Microsoft Corp; average pay at this company is about $105K. A lot of former Penn students flock to the school itself for employment immediately following graduation in spite of its small paychecks — the median salary is ranked lowest at around $48K.

Degree Major

Penn grads who hold a law degree can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning approximately $151K per year. Annual salaries for those with a Master of Social Work (MSW), Clinical Social Work (CSW) are the lowest of the pack, earning $44K.


Former Quakers with Strategic Planning abilities can expect to make 26 percent more than their former classmates ($100K). Proficiency in Project Management is common among Penn alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, approximately one-seventh of former students report doing so. Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Data Analysis are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

Lacking in the benefits department, just two-fifths of alumni report compensation for sick days and only one-fourth of alumni get vacation time. A strong majority of alums allocate some part of their earnings to a company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. Health coverage is awarded to a strong majority of graduates, and dental insurance is issued to most grads as well. Additional benefits handed to University of Pennsylvania alumni include life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Alumni of Columbia University in the City of New York pick up average paychecks of approximately $78K, which is closest to the amount made by Penn grads among similar schools. Other schools similar to Penn include Princeton University, Johns Hopkins University, and New York University.

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Key Stats



51 %

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49 %

male alumni
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