Northwestern University Alumni Average Salary

Combining good value and great education, Northwestern University is ranked in the top 10 percent of universities by return on investment. Alumni report high financial returns compared to the tuition they paid to attend this a university based in Evanston, Ill. Much of campus life revolves around sports (Go Wildcats!), and the urban location lets student freely explore the diverse, interesting city at their fingertips. The figures in this rundown were provided by NU alumni who took the PayScale salary questionnaire.

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Northwestern University Median Salary by Job


Data Scientist
42 profiles

Data Analyst
32 profiles

Software Engineer
21 profiles

United States (change)

Marketing Director
16 profiles

Operations Manager
16 profiles

Mechanical Engineer
16 profiles

Marketing Manager
15 profiles

  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,835
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About This School

633 Clark St
Evanston, IL 60208


Private School, Research University, For Sports Fans

93 %

17 %

39 %

12 %


NU alumni find work in an assortment of industries including the financial services industry, the consulting industry, and the architectural and engineering services industry. The education industry is the sector most highly represented among alumni. Following graduation, NU students earn an average of about $69K.


There's a noticeable difference between the genders; where the average man hauls in approximately $93K after graduating from NU, the average woman earns only around $59K.


The most generous salaries among NU alumni are reportedly earned by Biomedical Engineers whose earnings come to $84K on average.


Chicago, Ill. is a hub for NU graduates — a large number call this city home. It is no surprise that Dallas, Texas, which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is $135K), is another of the most popular spots for former NU students. On the other hand, NU alumni who end up in New York, N.Y. receive the lowest median salary of $43K. Seattle, Wash. is also a common pick among NU grads, along with Washington, DC.

Degree Major

A Master of Business Administration (MBA) leads to the highest pay for NU grads ($159K on average per year). Those holding a Bachelor of Science in Journalism are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in around $39K on average per year.


Former Wildcats with Operations Management abilities can expect to make 48 percent more than their former classmates ($103K). Proficiency in Project Management is common among NU alumni, and when it comes to using it on the job, about a fifth of former students report doing so. Marketing Communications, Training, and Microsoft Office are among other dominant skills.

Benefits and Perks

Most former students take advantage of a 401(k) plan. Benefits are rather generous for graduates of this school; most respondents are rewarded with health insurance and a majority of the survey participants report dental coverage, too. Northwestern University grads also enjoy benefits like a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, life insurance, gym / health club / fitness membership, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Washington University in St Louis graduates, who earn $66K on average, make a similar amount to NU grads. The University of Chicago, the University of Notre Dame, and Case Western Reserve University are also similar to NU.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 2080 2330
ACT Scores 31 34

Key Stats for Northwestern University


48 %
52 %
$34,860 - $75,000
$54,021 - $123,277

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$35,000 - $95,111
$59,395 - $116,250
$57,000 - $92,000
$59,933 - $179,000

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