BU alumni belong to a wide range of sectors. A few fields in which grads tend to find work include the health care industry, software as a service (SAAS) development, and the financial services industry. A large chunk of former BU students are employed in the education industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. Starting salaries of $72K are the median among BU grads.
In the BU alumni community, men make a median salary of around $85K compared to their female counterparts, who earn about $63K.
BU grads who become Senior Software Engineers garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in an average $114K annually. However, Software Engineers and Project Managers also rank as top-earners (bringing in $81K and approximately $76K, respectively). Graphic Designers pick up $45K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.
Boston, Mass. keeps the largest number of BU grads among cities despite the fact that it offers the lowest median compensation (about $68K). BU alumni in search of the largest paycheck, on the other hand, will find it in San Francisco, Calif. where $86K is the average pay. Graduates also relocate to Washington, DC and Los Angeles, Calif.
A Doctorate (PhD) earns BU students the most money after college (an average approximately $119K per year). Graduates holding a B.A. in International Relations fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of around $46K.
Former Terriers with Operations Management experience garner salaries that are 12 percent more than other grads' salaries. Project Management is a popular skill among BU alumni, with about a sixth of workers reporting using it on the job. Other top skills include Data Analysis, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office.
Benefits and Perks
Only one in three grads earn paid vacation and just one in five survey participants get paid sick time. Most grads set up a 401(k) to save for retirement. Health benefits extend to most former students, and a strong majority of grads also receive dental coverage. Graduates of Boston University are also recipients of a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.
New York University grads bring in salaries of around $71K, making them the most similar to BU alumni in terms of earnings. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, and Tufts University are also similar to BU.