Northeastern University is a university known for giving students excellent value for their tuition costs. Located in Boston, Mass., the school is ranked in the top 11 percent of universities by return on investment. It would be a misnomer to cast Northeastern University as a die-hard sports school only: Northeastern University students study hard as they cheer on the Huskies. History majors are among the most popular majors at Northeastern University, and the university is home to some of the brightest students in the country. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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5.4 %

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47 %

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Northeastern University Median Salary by Job


Software Engineer
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Project Engineer
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  • Updated: 16 Mar 2019
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About This School

360 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115-5005


Private School, Research University, For Sports Fans

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Former NU students are professionally suited for a wide range of fields including the health care industry, software as a service (SAAS) development, and the financial services industry. The most popular field is the education industry. The average starting salary for a graduate of NU is $72K.


In the NU alumni community, men make a median salary of approximately $78K compared to their female counterparts, who earn $65K.


Senior Software Engineers win the contest for best-paid NU alumni, making $107K on average every year, though Software Engineers ($86K), and Operations Managers (around $74K) are not far behind. Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Project Engineers; alumni in this role face average salaries of about $67K.


NU alumni seem to appreciate living in Boston, and over a third of grads actually choose to stay and find employment here after completing their coursework. San Francisco, Calif. is another hot spot for NU grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to $84K). On the far end of the pay scale, NU alumni often reside in Chicago, Ill., which is home to the lowest pay at $69K. New York, N.Y. is also a common pick among NU grads, along with Cambridge, Mass.

Degree Major

NU students with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Business Administration can expect to make the most money ($101K on average per year) compared to their fellow graduates. Those holding a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in $49K on average per year.


Proficiency in Project Management is common among NU alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, approximately one-seventh of former students report doing so. Competency in Java translates into above-average pay for former Huskies — they earn 22 percent more than their fellow graduates. Other prime know-hows include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis.

Benefits and Perks

Though vacation and sick days are paid for some, these benefits are reported by the minority of graduates (one-third of alumni and one-fifth of alumni, respectively). Health insurance benefits extend to most graduates, and a fair number of former students sign up for dental plans. To plan for old age, most alumni maintain savings accounts through a company's 401(k) plan. Other benefits that Northeastern University alumni receive are a casual working environment, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Alumni of Boston College pick up average paychecks of approximately $71K, which is closest to the amount made by NU grads among similar schools. Other schools similar to NU include Fordham University, Teachers College at Columbia University, and Syracuse University.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1980 2240
ACT Scores 31 34

Key Stats for Northeastern University


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$52,020 - $103,907

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1922 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$39,359 - $73,993
$66,141 - $102,913
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