It's hard to find a better value for your tuition dollar than at DePaul University, a Roman Catholic university based in Chicago, Ill.. The school is ranked in the top 23 percent of universities by return on investment. Students here support their sports teams in droves (Go Blue Demons!), and the urban campus allows them to explore the city's many neighborhoods and cultural events. Alumni participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

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20 Year Net ROI 


Annual ROI 

5.3 %

Total 4 Year Cost 


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% High Meaning 

43 %

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  • Updated: 13 Apr 2019
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About This School

1 E Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60604


Private School, Research University, Religious, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of DePaul head into a range of vocations when it comes to work; the education industry, the marketing, advertising, and media management industry, and the consulting industry are just a few professional areas popular among alumni. The most highly represented industry among alumni is the financial services industry. Graduates of DePaul earn $63K on average.


After college, a notable gender gap appears: the average female graduate makes around $59K where the average male graduate hauls home $71K.


Among DePaul graduates, the biggest earners are Software Engineers, who haul in $79K on average. Next on the list are Senior Financial Analysts and Marketing Managers, bringing in $72K and approximately $62K, respectively. On the lower end, Operations Managers report making about $50K.


Upon earning their degrees, many DePaul grads prefer to remain in Chicago; in fact, the greater part of grads appreciate the area so much that they find permanent jobs there. It is no surprise that San Francisco, Calif., which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is $74K), is another of the most popular spots for former DePaul students. Home to the lowest median salary for DePaul alumni is Northbrook, Ill., a popular place for former students despite its $63K average paycheck. New York, N.Y. and Los Angeles, Calif. are popular choices as well.

Degree Major

DePaul grads who hold a Master of Taxation (MTax) can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average about $119K per year. A Bachelor of Music in Bachelor of Music (BMus / BM) is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of around $47K.


DePaul grads are usually competent in Microsoft Excel, and close to a seventh of alumni continue practicing this skill in their career. Former Blue Demons with SQL abilities can expect to make 12 percent more than their former classmates ($70K). Demonstrated ability in Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only one in three grads for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one in five survey participants get paid sick time. A large number of former students save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Most alumni have medical plans, and a strong majority of respondents have dental insurance. DePaul University grads are also lucky enough to receive a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

National Louis University grads bring in salaries of around $65K, making them the most similar to DePaul alumni in terms of earnings. Andrews University, Mayo Graduate School, and the Union Institute & University are also similar to DePaul.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
1050 1260
ACT Scores 23 28

Key Stats for DePaul University


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