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Average Salary for University of Pennsylvania Alumni

The University of Pennsylvania is a university based in Philadelphia, Pa. that is home to around 12,000 undergraduates. Students at this school are able to receive a select Ivy education while gaining exposure to big-city experiences as well. The information for this snapshot was generated by alumni responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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Typical Early Career Salary

University of Pennsylvania Alumni

Median Salary by Job

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XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Software Engineer
21 salaries
Design Architect
11 salaries
Management Consultant
10 salaries
Social Worker
10 salaries
Architectural Designer
9 salaries
Research Analyst
9 salaries
Project Architect
8 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 815

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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 health care industry, the architectural services industry, and the financial services industry. The education industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. Penn graduates often advance into high-paying positions, which is somewhat expected given their above-average SAT scores and graduation rate. Those with an education from Penn earn an average of $79K.


There's a noticeable difference between the genders; where the average man hauls in $87K after graduating from Penn, the average woman earns only $67K.


Among Penn graduates, the biggest earners are Senior Software Engineers, who haul in approximately $112K on average. Next on the list are Software Engineers and Design Architects, bringing in $101K and around $62K, respectively. Research Analysts pick up about $46K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.


More often than not, Penn grads continue living in Philadelphia, Pa. (about one in five former students to be exact) even though the average salary here takes last place on the pay scale ($63K). For those seeking more money, Seattle, Wash. is a popular destination for former Penn students; median pay is $93K. 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 around $216K per year, more than any other degree from this school. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a Master of Social Work (MSW), Clinical Social Work (CSW) — their annual income amounts to $43K on average.


Former Quakers who have experience with Strategic Planning can expect to make 49 percent more than other alumni (approximately $118K on average). Proficiency in Project Management is common among Penn alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, nearly one in seven former students report doing so. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of alumni earn paid vacation and just one-fourth of alumni get paid sick time. A large number of former students set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. Health coverage is awarded to most former students, and dental insurance is issued to a fair number of graduates as well. University of Pennsylvania grads are also lucky enough to receive life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Median pay for Columbia University in the City of New York grads is about $78K, making their salaries most similar to those of Penn grads. 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


50 %
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$40,008 - $93,711
$46,430 - $125,215
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 164 votes.
$34,521 - $63,465
$97,332 - $152,605
$92,989 - $110,991
$37,851 - $91,693
$43,061 - $105,205
$45,191 - $109,875
$47,249 - $118,669
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