University of Pennsylvania Alumni Average Salary

Nestled away in Philadelphia, Pa., the University of Pennsylvania, a school, has a student population of roughly 12,000. In addition to a stellar education, students at this Ivy enjoy its big-city offerings. This overview is based on graduates' answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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National Salary Data 
Software Engineer
44 salaries
Senior Software Engineer
19 salaries
Research Analyst
18 salaries
Management Consultant
18 salaries
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
17 salaries
Senior Product Manager
17 salaries
Marketing Manager
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Aug 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,053
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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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The software development industry, the consulting industry, and software as a service (SAAS) development are just a few of the areas in which Penn grads find work. The most popular professional field seems to be the education industry. Reminiscent of their reportedly high performance on the SAT and above-average graduation rates, Penn alumni often collect high salaries as well. Former Penn graduates bring in $78K on average.


After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes around $64K where the average male graduate hauls home about $93K.


Executive Directors win the contest for best-paid Penn alumni, making $125K on average every year, though Senior Software Engineers (approximately $111K), and Software Engineers ($110K) are not far behind. Management Consultants pick up $54K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.


For reasons other than money, Penn grads are most commonly found still living in Philadelphia, Pa., where median pay sits at the bottom of the pay scale (around $57K). On the flipside, Penn grads seeking above-average pay can find soaring salaries in Miami, Fla. where median pay is $101K. Washington, DC and San Francisco, Calif. are also desirable cities.

Degree Major

A medical degree earns Penn students the most money after college (an average $216K per year). The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a Master of Education (MEd), Higher Education Administration (approximately $41K on average annually).


Many former Penn students are familiar with Project Management, and around a seventh of grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Knowledge of Strategic Planning seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 58 percent more than their former classmates' salaries (about $123K). Data Analysis, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (two-fifths of alumni and one in three grads, respectively). Most respondents report contributing to a 401(k). Health insurance benefits extend to most alums, and a fair number of alums sign up for dental plans. Additional benefits handed to University of Pennsylvania alumni include life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Brown University graduates, who earn $78K on average, make a similar amount to Penn grads. Princeton University, Johns Hopkins University, and New York University are also similar to Penn.

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