Average Salary for University of Pennsylvania Alumni

Nestled away in Philadelphia, Pa., the University of Pennsylvania, a school, has a student population of 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. This report is based on the answers of Penn graduates who responded to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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University of Pennsylvania Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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Software Engineer
21 salaries
Management Consultant
10 salaries
Design Architect
10 salaries
Architectural Designer
9 salaries
Social Worker
9 salaries
Research Analyst
8 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
7 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 753

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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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Graduates of Penn work in a variety of sectors including the architectural services industry, the health care industry, and the consulting industry. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the education industry. True to type, Penn alumni go from receiving above-average SAT scores to landing well-paid positions in the workforce. Those with an education from Penn earn an average of $79K.


Male graduates on average earn more than female graduates; the first group banks $87K per year, but the second group takes home only $67K.


The most generous salaries among Penn alumni are reportedly earned by Software Engineers, whose median earnings come to approximately $101K, followed by Project Architects ($71K) and Design Architects (about $62K). Research Analysts pick up around $46K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.


Roughly one in five Penn students choose to remain in Philadelphia, Pa. after graduation, where the average salary is actually the lowest at about $64K. On the opposite end of the pay scale is Seattle, Wash., a top-paying city for Penn grads looking to earn a larger-than-average sum (this city has a median pay of $93K). In addition, grads flock to Washington, DC as well as Boston, Mass.

Degree Major

A medical degree earns Penn students the most money after college (an average $216K per year). Average annual salaries for those with a Master of Social Work (MSW), Clinical Social Work (CSW) are the lowest of the pack, earning around $43K.


Project Management is a common skill among Penn alumni — about a seventh of grads mention using it at work. Former Quakers who have experience with Budget Management can expect to make 3 percent more than other alumni ($81K on average). Other top skills include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis.

Benefits and Perks

Just one-third of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one-third of alumni get paid sick time. Most respondents report contributing to a 401(k). A large number of graduates receive health insurance, and a strong majority of graduates get dental coverage. Alumni of University of Pennsylvania also take in life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, Columbia University in the City of New York grads (who make an average of $77K) earn salaries most similar to Penn alumni. Other schools similar to Penn include Princeton University, Johns Hopkins University, and New York University.

Test Scores

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

Key Stats for University of Pennsylvania


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$40,059 - $93,152
$46,782 - $124,911
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5
based on 160 votes.
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