Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Alumni Average Salary

Carnegie Mellon University, a school in Pittsburgh, Pa., has roughly 6,000 undergrads. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Median Salary by Job


Software Engineer
132 profiles

Senior Software Engineer
60 profiles

Mechanical Engineer
39 profiles

United States (change)

Data Scientist
33 profiles

User Experience Designer
27 profiles

UX Designer
26 profiles

Software Developer
17 profiles

  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,529
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About This School

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890


Engineering, Private School, Research University

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Graduates of CMU go into software as a service (SAAS) development, the e-commerce, business to consumer (b2c) industry, and the architectural services industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. The majority of CMU alumni wind up in the engineering services industry. CMU alumni rake in larger-than-average salaries; they also score high on the SATs and boast an impressive rate of graduation. Graduates of CMU earn approximately $90K on average.


After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes $77K where the average male graduate hauls home about $95K.


CMU grads who become Software Engineers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average $114K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Construction Senior Project Managers and Information Technology Consultants; their salaries approach $108K and $103K, respectively. Collecting the smallest paychecks are Software Engineers — they bring in around $92K.


CMU alumni like Pittsburgh so much that they tend to stick around after graduation, with one in four grads staying on to find permanent employment. The top-paying city popular with CMU alumni is Reston, Va., which offers a median salary of $120K. Though Washington, DC takes the cake for lowest pay among CMU grads (the median salary is $60K there), it remains a common destination for former students. San Francisco, Calif. and New York, N.Y. are popular choices as well.

Degree Major

A Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business Administration will compensate CMU grads at a much higher rate than other degrees — these alums rake in approximately $140K on average per year. Graduates holding a Master of Arts (MA) fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of $58K.


CMU grads are usually competent in Project Management, and between a fifth and a fourth of alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Java commands a pay premium of 10 percent for Carnegie Mellon University grads. Java, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Though a majority of the survey participants get paid time off for vacation, only one in three grads receive paid sick leave. Most grads plan for retirement by taking advantage of a company-sponsored 401(k) program. Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; a large number of former students are rewarded with health insurance and a large number of survey participants report dental coverage, too. Alumni of Carnegie Mellon University also take in life insurance, tuition reimbursement, a casual working environment, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

University of Pennsylvania grads report the most similar salaries to CMU alums, earning around $87K on average. Case Western Reserve University, Johns Hopkins University, and Georgetown University are also similar to CMU.

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Test Scores

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

Key Stats for Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)


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$47,678 - $99,267
$60,450 - $118,272

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 5 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

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