University of Pennsylvania Alumni Average Salary

The University of Pennsylvania, a school in Philadelphia, Pa., has roughly 12,000 undergrads. Undergraduates face a challenging academic environment at this Ivy institution. In addition, Quakers pride runs deep at the school, and fans will feel like a part of the action. The information for this snapshot was generated by alumni responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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National Salary Data 
Software Engineer
13 salaries
Management Consultant
7 salaries
Social Worker
6 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
6 salaries
Clinical Research Coordinator
5 salaries
Data Analyst
5 salaries
Research Analyst
5 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Nov 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 421
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About This School

34th and Spruce Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6303


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

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Penn alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the software development industry, software as a service (SAAS) development, and the consulting industry. A large chunk of former Penn students are employed in the education industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. Penn graduates often advance into high-paying positions, which is somewhat expected given their above-average SAT scores and graduation rate. Median pay for those who graduated from Penn amounts to about $77K.


After graduation, women go on to earn an average of approximately $65K per year compared to men, who earn around $88K.


The biggest paychecks among Penn alumni are earned by Senior Software Engineers — these former students make a median salary of $110K per year. The next biggest paychecks go to Software Engineers ($101K) and Design Architects ($63K). On the lower end, Research Analysts report making $46K.


Nearly one in five Penn grads stay in Philadelphia, Pa., even though it offers the lowest median pay ($65K). On the other hand, Penn alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Seattle, Wash., which offers a median salary of $94K. Washington, DC and Boston, Mass. also rank high on the list of cities.

Degree Major

Penn grads who hold a medical degree can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average about $228K per year. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a Master of Education (MEd), Higher Education Administration — their annual income amounts to approximately $42K on average.


Former Quakers who have experience with People Management can expect to make 21 percent more than other alumni ($94K on average). Around one in seven grads report using Project Management as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. Other top skills include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis.

Benefits and Perks

Just two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one in three grads get paid sick time. Health coverage is awarded to a large number of alums, and dental insurance is issued to a fair number of survey participants as well. A large number of survey participants save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. University of Pennsylvania grads are also lucky enough to receive life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Brown University grads bring in salaries of around $76K, making them the most similar to Penn alumni in terms of earnings. Princeton University, Johns Hopkins University, and New York University are also similar to Penn.

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

Key Stats for University of Pennsylvania


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$40,472 - $91,660
$47,771 - $125,464
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1-4 years
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 109 votes.
$28,383 - $52,903
$95,973 - $147,500
$39,170 - $92,865
$42,525 - $105,267
$44,962 - $106,125
$47,023 - $137,569

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