Boston University Alumni Average Salary

Boston University is a school located in Boston, Mass. with around 18,000 undergraduates. Alumni report earning excellent value for their tuition dollars; the school ranks in the top 20 percent of universities by return on investment. Sports have an undeniably strong influence on campus life (Go Terriers!), and students exploit the school's urban location by exploring the rich resources of their city. Alumni responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.

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Boston University Median Salary by Job


Software Engineer
48 profiles

Project Manager, (Unspecified Type / General)
35 profiles

Marketing Manager
33 profiles

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Mechanical Engineer
32 profiles

Graphic Designer
27 profiles

Financial Analyst
25 profiles

Senior Software Engineer
23 profiles

  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,030
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About This School

One Silber Way
Boston, MA 02215


Private School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of BU are found working in a number of different fields including the health care industry, the banking industry, and the health care services industry. The most popular career sector among alumni is the financial services industry. Those with a degree from BU make an average of approximately $75K.


After graduation, women go on to earn an average of $62K per year compared to men, who earn around $89K.


Marketing Directors win the contest for best-paid BU alumni, making $160K on average every year, though Senior Software Engineers (about $90K), and Sales Engineers ($80K) are not far behind. Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Video Producers who make an average of $60K.


BU alumni like Boston so much that they tend to stick around after graduation, with roughly one in three grads staying on to find permanent employment. It is also not uncommon to find former BU students living and working in San Francisco, Calif. — this top-paying city is a popular destination with a median salary of $95K. On the far end of the pay scale, BU alumni often reside in Washington, DC, which is home to the lowest pay at approximately $51K. New York, N.Y. and Chicago, Ill. also rank high on the list of cities.

Degree Major

A Doctorate (PhD) earns BU students the most money after college (an average about $165K per year). Those with a Bachelor of Science in Advertising face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average $36K per year.


BU alumni are often well versed in Project Management, with just under a fourth of grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. Former Terriers with C Programming Language abilities can expect to make 34 percent more than their former classmates ($100K). Experience with Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Data Analysis is highly valued as well.

Benefits and Perks

Nearly half of the alums can rely on paid vacation days, but just one in three grads have the luxury of paid sick time. To plan for old age, a large number of survey participants maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. Most survey participants have medical plans, and a strong majority of grads have dental insurance. Boston University alumni are rewarded with additional benefits, such as a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, and free drinks.

Related Schools

Alumni of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute pick up average paychecks of $77K, which is closest to the amount made by BU grads among similar schools. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, and Tufts University are also similar to BU.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1800 2100
ACT Scores 27 31

Key Stats for Boston University


52 %
48 %
$37,869 - $79,824
$51,750 - $118,893

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$39,150 - $76,833
$36,026 - $76,282
$39,152 - $121,158
$34,004 - $76,550
Macfadden Publishing
$41,910 - $100,000
$39,500 - $77,092
$37,332 - $139,379
$51,097 - $82,231

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