Nestled away in Grinnell, Iowa, Grinnell College, a school, has a student population of roughly 2,000. Undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences is a key focus of the school. The figures in this rundown were provided by Grinnell alumni who took the PayScale salary questionnaire.

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2.5 %

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52 %

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  • Updated: 14 Sep 2019
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About This School

1121 Park Street
Grinnell, IA 50112-1690


Liberal Arts, Private School

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Former Grinnell students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the insurance and financial services industry, software as a service (SAAS) development, and the financial services industry. The education industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. Following graduation, Grinnell students earn an average of $54K.


A gender wage gap becomes apparent after college, with female graduates earning only $52K on average compared to $66K for male graduates.


The Grinnell alumni who make the most are Senior Marketing Managers; they report a median pay of around $110K. Software Engineers and Communications Managers draw in a fair amount as well — $90K and about $54K, respectively. Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary; grads report making an average of approximately $33K in this job.


Many Grinnell grads end up living in Chicago, Ill., deeming it the most popular city for former students of this school. Grinnell alumni seeking the highest salaries end up in Seattle, Wash., which offers a median salary of $69K. Grinnell alumni in Minneapolis, Minn. can often be found sliding in at the lower end of the pay scale, where median paychecks are the smallest at $42K. Other cities of interest include New York, N.Y. and Washington, DC.

Degree Major

Grinnell College grads who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Master of Computer Science (MCS) and earn a median salary of $140K per year. Graduates holding a B.A. in Sociology fare the worst in terms of compensation with an average yearly salary of around $36K.


Grinnell alumni are often well versed in Project Management, with approximately one-tenth of grads ending up in jobs that require this skillset. For Grinnell College grads, proficiency in SQL warrants a paycheck that is 23 percent more than other alumni salaries. Microsoft Office, Customer Service, and Data Analysis are desirable skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Only about one in three grads enjoy paid vacation and one in five survey participants receive sick leave. A large number of survey participants enjoy benefits like health insurance, while a fair number of respondents receive dental plans, too. A large number of respondents save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Graduates of Grinnell College are also recipients of a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and flexible hours.

Related Schools

Cornell College grads bring in salaries of around about $55K, making them the most similar to Grinnell alumni in terms of earnings. Coe College, Augustana College, and Monmouth College are also similar to Grinnell.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
1300 1510
ACT Scores 30 33

Key Stats for Grinnell College


58 %
41 %
$38,714 - $87,892
$42,426 - $96,949

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 102 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$35,951 - $80,117
$32,000 - $66,617
$43,172 - $113,500
$71,601 - $120,049
$37,191 - $81,371
$39,149 - $81,185
$40,468 - $118,677
$49,493 - $179,010
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