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. Students of this well-respected school enjoy an excellent Ivy League curriculum and have a lot of Quakers team pride. The data for this snapshot was collected from Penn graduates who took PayScale's salary survey.

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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.
Software Engineer
20 salaries
Design Architect
9 salaries
Management Consultant
9 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
7 salaries
Research Analyst
7 salaries
Social Worker
7 salaries
Clinical Research Coordinator
7 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 662
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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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Former Penn students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the consulting industry, the software development industry, and software as a service (SAAS) development. The majority of Penn alumni wind up in the education industry. Reminiscent of their reportedly high performance on the SAT, Penn alumni often collect high salaries as well. Following graduation, Penn students earn an average of $77K.


A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only around $65K on average compared to $86K for male graduates.


In the Penn alumni professional community, Senior Software Engineers make the highest median pay (about $110K), though Software Engineers (approximately $101K), and Design Architects ($64K) are close competitors. Salaries are anything but generous for Social Workers, whose earnings rank lowest on the pay scale at $48K.


Infamous for its meager salaries (average pay is the lowest at $64K), slightly more than a fifth of Penn students still call Philadelphia, Pa. their home after graduation. 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 $91K). In addition, grads flock to Washington, DC as well as Boston, Mass.

Degree Major

A graduate with a medical degree from Penn can rake in a whopping average $235K per year, more than any other degree from this school. 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 an average approximately $40K per year.


Project Management is a popular skill among Penn alumni, with approximately one in seven workers reporting using it on the job. Former Quakers with People Management abilities can expect to make 22 percent more than their former classmates (around $94K). Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about two-fifths of alumni) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one in three grads get sick time. A large number of survey participants allocate some part of their earnings to a company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. A large number of alumni receive health insurance, and a fair number of survey participants get dental coverage. Other benefits that University of Pennsylvania alumni receive are life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Columbia University in the City of New York grads report the most similar salaries to Penn alums, earning $78K on average. Princeton University, Johns Hopkins University, and New York University are also similar to Penn.

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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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$39,957 - $91,199
$46,614 - $123,416
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5
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$38,016 - $92,409
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