It's hard to find a better value for your tuition dollar than at New York University, a university based in New York, N.Y.. The school is ranked in the top 14 percent of universities by return on investment. This overview is derived from alumni replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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20 Year Net ROI 


Annual ROI 

5.1 %

Total 4 Year Cost 


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Mid-Career Salary 


% High Meaning 

63 %

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New York University (NYU) Median Salary by Job


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  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 7,636
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About This School

70 Washington Sq South
New York, NY 10012-1091


Private School, Research University

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NYU alumni can most commonly be found in the financial services industry, the marketing, advertising, and media management industry, and the health care industry, though they are employed throughout a wide range of sectors. The education industry registers as the most common industry among alumni. Those with a degree from NYU make an average of $71K.


Male graduates on average earn more than female graduates; the first group banks $80K per year, but the second group takes home only around $65K.


NYU grads who become Executive Directors are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, making an average about $103K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Software Engineers and Marketing Managers; their salaries approach $91K and approximately $70K, respectively. Social Workers wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning $48K.


Despite handing out the worst average salary ($70K), New York, N.Y. holds on to its NYU student population, and just over a half of grads continue to reside in the city. NYU grads with a different agenda may consider the above-average salaries in San Francisco, Calif. — pay averages to $80K. Washington, DC is also a top pick, as is Boston, Mass.

Degree Major

NYU grads who hold a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average $127K per year. The degree that warrants the lowest level of financial compensation is a bachelor's degree in social work ($45K on average annually).


Project Management is a popular skill among NYU alumni, with one-sixth of workers reporting using it on the job. New York University grads with Strategic Planning experience garner salaries that are 24 percent more than other grads' salaries. Other top skills include Microsoft Excel, Data Analysis, and Microsoft Office.

Benefits and Perks

A lucky minority (about one in three grads) are fortunate enough to be compensated for vacation while just one in five survey participants get sick time. It is no small feat that most alumni are given health coverage, and a strong majority of alumni accept dental insurance. Most respondents save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Alumni of New York University also take in a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Compensation averages around $70K for Brandeis University alumni, making their earnings most comparable to NYU grads. Columbia University in the City of New York, Yeshiva University, and Princeton University are also similar to NYU.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1880 2200
ACT Scores 29 32

Key Stats for New York University (NYU)


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$41,444 - $91,047
$48,138 - $116,250

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 2176 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$41,493 - $95,595
$46,758 - $107,171
$48,724 - $104,630
$41,475 - $82,200
$39,038 - $80,726
$53,407 - $88,314
$59,598 - $135,972
$46,369 - $115,114
$41,459 - $126,752
$44,026 - $100,355
$45,840 - $100,247
$51,024 - $117,039
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