Carnegie Mellon University is a university based in Pittsburgh, Pa. that is home to around 7,000 undergraduates. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.

College ROI Report

34th

20 Year Net ROI 

$705,000

Annual ROI 

6.8 %

Total 4 Year Cost 

$260,000

Compare to Other Schools

College Salary Report

32nd

Early Career Salary 

$75,500

Mid-Career Salary 

$136,300

% High Meaning 

48 %

Compare to Other 4-Year Schools

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Median Salary by Job

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Software Engineer
253 profiles
$112,030
$73K$143K

$134,226
$97K$165K

$78,548
$61K$101K

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Data Scientist
62 profiles
$100,689
$70K$132K

UX Designer
49 profiles
$86,467
$55K$117K

$83,078
$69K$121K

$90,534
$65K$123K

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  • Updated: 11 May 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,967
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About This School

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890

6,869

Engineering, Private School, Research University

88 %

64 %

23 %

11 %

Industry

Professionally, software as a service (SAAS) development, the consulting industry, and the financial services industry are popular business areas among CMU alumni. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the software development industry. Reminiscent of their reportedly high performance on the SAT and above-average graduation rates, CMU alumni often collect high salaries as well. Graduates of CMU earn about $94K on average.

Gender

A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only $78K on average compared to approximately $99K for male graduates.

Jobs

In the CMU alumni professional community, Senior Software Engineers make the highest median pay (around $130K), though Software Engineers ($104K), and Data Scientists ($100K) are close competitors. Mechanical Engineers pick up $77K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.

Locations

When it comes to compensation, Pittsburgh, Pa. brings up the rear (median pay is $73K); however, around one in six CMU alumni still choose not to leave this city. On the opposite end of the pay scale is San Francisco, Calif., a top-paying city for CMU grads looking to earn a larger-than-average sum (this city has a median pay of about $114K). Other common destinations include Washington, DC and Seattle, Wash.

Degree Major

A Master of Business Administration (MBA) will compensate CMU grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in $126K on average per year. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) — their annual income amounts to approximately $61K on average.

Skills

Carnegie Mellon University grads with Java experience garner salaries that are 17 percent more than other grads' salaries. Around one in seven CMU grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Other prime know-hows include Data Analysis, Java, and Engineering Design.

Benefits and Perks

Only one in three grads earn paid vacation and just one in five survey participants get paid sick time. Nearly all grads allocate some part of their earnings to a company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. Health insurance benefits extend to nearly all graduates, and most alums sign up for dental plans. Additional benefits handed to Carnegie Mellon University alumni include a casual working environment, life insurance, flexible hours, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, Princeton University grads (who make an average of $85K) earn salaries most similar to CMU alumni. Case Western Reserve University, Johns Hopkins University, and Georgetown University are also similar to CMU.

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Job Listings

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 2030 2300
ACT Scores 31 34

Key Stats for Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %
Salary
$48,920 - $105,937
Salary
$63,207 - $130,341

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 712 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
10%
$59,605 - $125,838
$63,567 - $125,047
$44,560 - $101,392
$72,031 - $135,951
$77,566 - $129,774
$71,490 - $158,306
$67,792 - $99,573
$48,861 - $99,169
$54,826 - $121,071
$75,125 - $142,845
$70,575 - $133,577
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