Nestled away in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson University, a school, has a student population of roughly 3,000. Figures cited in this summary are based on graduates' replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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About This School

8 Clarkson Ave
Potsdam, NY 13699

Clarkson University


Engineering, Private School, Research University

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Professionally, the engineering services industry, the manufacturing industry, and the consulting industry are popular business areas among Clarkson alumni. The most popular professional field seems to be the aerospace and defense industry. Clarkson alumni rake in larger-than-average salaries, and they also score high on the SATs. Following graduation, Clarkson students earn an average of around $93K.


Among Clarkson graduates, the biggest earners are Presidents, who haul in approximately $174K on average. Next on the list are Senior Mechanical Engineers and Construction Project Managers, bringing in $93K and about $84K, respectively. Civil Engineers face rather mediocre compensation — average salaries are actually the lowest at $64K.


The most popular destination for former Clarkson students is Syracuse, N.Y. New York, N.Y. is another hot spot for Clarkson grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to $108K). The city with the lowest median paycheck frequented by Clarkson alumni is Buffalo, N.Y., where earnings average $76K. Nearby Rochester, N.Y. is also a top pick for Clarkson grads, as is Albany, N.Y.

Degree Major

Clarkson students with a Master of Science (MS), Electrical Engineering (EE) can expect to make the most money (approximately $137K on average per year) compared to their fellow graduates. Those with a Bachelor's Degree face salaries on the lower end, coming in at an average about $71K per year.


Competency in Leadership translates into above-average pay for Clarkson University grads — they earn 30 percent more than their fellow graduates. Clarkson grads are usually competent in Project Management, and around one in four alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Engineering Design, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

Only about two-fifths of alumni enjoy paid vacation and one-fourth of alumni receive sick leave. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, nearly all survey participants contribute to a 401(k). Dental insurance applies to a large number of grads, and the vast majority of grads report health coverage. Clarkson University grads are also lucky enough to receive a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Alumni of Stevens Institute of Technology pick up average paychecks of around $87K, which is closest to the amount made by Clarkson grads among similar schools. Other schools similar to Clarkson include Clark University, the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, and Duquesne University.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1570 1890
ACT Scores 24 30

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