Columbia University Alumni Average Salary

Around 8,000 people attend Columbia University in the City of New York, a institution based in New York, N.Y. Undergraduates face a challenging academic environment at this Ivy institution. In addition, Lions pride runs deep at the school, and fans will feel like a part of the action. Alumni responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.

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Columbia University Median Salary by Job


Software Engineer
59 profiles

Data Scientist
44 profiles

Data Analyst
40 profiles

United States (change)

Project Manager, (Unspecified Type / General)
33 profiles

Social Worker
25 profiles

Executive Director
24 profiles

Program Manager, Non-Profit Organization
24 profiles

  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,545
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About This School

West 116 St and Broadway
New York, NY 10027


Private School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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29 %

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Professionally, software as a service (SAAS) development, the financial services industry, and the management consulting industry are popular business areas among Columbia alumni. A large chunk of former Columbia students are employed in the education industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. It is quite common for Columbia grads — a demographic that scores high on the SATs — to earn top-notch salaries in the workforce. Following graduation, Columbia students earn an average of $82K.


It's worth noting that female graduates earn a median salary of $71K whereas the men's median is approximately $97K.


Among Columbia graduates, the biggest earners are Executive Directors, who haul in about $170K on average. Next on the list are Senior Management Consultants and Software Engineers, bringing in $95K and $93K, respectively. Collecting the smallest paychecks are Mental Health Therapists — they bring in around $44K.


Many Columbia alumni seem to stick around New York after wrapping up their studies; approximately half of grads remain to find permanent work. Columbia grads also flock to Stamford, Conn., which is home to salaries significantly above average (median pay is about $141K). For comparison, the lowest-paying city popular with Columbia alumni is Los Angeles, Calif., which offers a median salary of $55K. Seattle, Wash. and Washington, DC also rank high on the list of cities.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business & Marketing from Columbia can rake in a whopping average $220K per year, more than any other degree from this school. A master's in social work commands less pay, and these degree-holders face median pay of around $53K.


Close to a seventh of Columbia grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Strategic Planning commands a pay premium of 34 percent for former Lions. Also considered top-notch skills are Data Analysis, Strategic Planning, and Microsoft Excel.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to benefits, there is room for improvement — only one-third of alumni are paid for vacation and just one-third of alumni for sick time. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, a large number of grads contribute to a 401(k). Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; a large number of former students are rewarded with health insurance and a strong majority of graduates report dental coverage, too. Graduates of Columbia University in the City of New York are also recipients of a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, tuition reimbursement, and life insurance.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, Johns Hopkins University grads (who make an average of $81K) earn salaries most similar to Columbia alumni. Other schools similar to Columbia include Yeshiva University, New York University, and Princeton University.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 2070 2360
ACT Scores 31 35

Key Stats for Columbia University


52 %
48 %
$45,068 - $91,768
$52,354 - $128,871

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 4 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$40,950 - $99,159
$45,302 - $121,856
$75,000 - $200,000
$44,120 - $99,159

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