University of Pennsylvania Alumni Average Salary

The University of Pennsylvania, a school in Philadelphia, Pa., has roughly 12,000 undergrads. Students at this school are able to receive a select Ivy education while gaining exposure to big-city experiences as well. This report is based on the answers of Penn graduates who responded to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 27 Nov 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,040
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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 go into the health care industry, IT services, and the software development industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. A large chunk of former Penn students are employed in the financial services industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. Less than five percent of Penn grads move into the enterprise software development industry — it is the road least traveled for this demographic. True to type, Penn alumni go from receiving above-average SAT scores to landing well-paid positions in the workforce. Those with a degree from Penn make an average of approximately $90K.


The most lucrative professionals among Penn alumni are Chief Financial Officers; they earn a median annual salary of around $145K. Also nearing the top of the pay scale at $94K are Associate Business Consultants. Social Workers pick up about $57K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.


New York, N.Y. is filled with Penn grads. It is also not uncommon to find former Penn students living and working in Boston, Mass. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $155K. Penn grads love their alma mater so much that many stick around in Philadelphia despite the median salary there ranking lowest among popular cities ($54K). Seattle, Wash. and Baltimore, Md. are also desirable cities.

Degree Major

A medical degree will compensate Penn grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in $161K on average per year. Graduates holding a Master's Degree fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of around $55K.


For former Quakers, proficiency in Strategic Marketing warrants a paycheck that is 50 percent more than other alumni salaries. One in seven grads report using Project Management as part of their job, making it the most popular skill. In addition, those who are savvy in Data Analysis, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office are also considered highly skilled.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one-third of alumni get paid sick time. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, the vast majority of survey participants contribute to a 401(k). Almost all graduates have medical plans, and most alums have dental insurance. Other benefits that University of Pennsylvania alumni receive are a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Compensation averages about $92K for Carnegie Mellon University alumni, making their earnings most comparable to Penn grads. Other schools similar to Penn include Princeton University, Johns Hopkins University, and New York University.

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