Graduates of Reed are found working in a number of different fields including software as a service (SAAS) development, the software development industry, and the biotechnology research and development industry. A large chunk of former Reed students are employed in the consulting industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. Those with a degree from Reed make an average of approximately $60K.
The Reed alumni who make the most are Technology Directors; they report a median pay of about $126K. Software Engineers and Software Developers draw in a fair amount as well — $107K and $75K, respectively. Reference Librarians wrap up the bottom of the pay scale, earning around $52K.
Portland, Ore. keeps the largest number of Reed grads among cities despite the fact that it offers the lowest median compensation ($58K). Reed grads with a different agenda may consider the above-average salaries in Seattle, Wash. — pay averages to $90K. San Francisco, Calif. is also a common pick among Reed grads, along with Los Angeles, Calif.
Financial compensation is highest for Reed grads with a Doctorate (PhD) (average earnings climb to $123K per year). Average annual salaries for those with a B.A. in Linguistics are the lowest of the pack, earning $49K.
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-fourth of alumni, respectively). Most graduates receive health insurance, and a fair number of graduates get dental coverage. A large number of former students opt for a 401(k) to save for retirement. Reed College graduates also take advantage of a casual working environment, life insurance, free drinks, and flexible hours.
Alumni of Colorado College pick up average paychecks of around $60K, which is closest to the amount made by Reed grads among similar schools. Other schools similar to Reed include Lewis & Clark College, Willamette University, and the University of Puget Sound.