Reed College, a school in Portland, Ore., has roughly 1,000 undergrads. The school puts an emphasis on undergraduate study in the liberal arts and sciences. The information for this snapshot was generated by alumni responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 8 Jun 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 210
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About This School

3203 SE Woodstock Blvd
Portland, OR 97202-8199


Liberal Arts, Private School

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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.

Degree Major

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.


Project Management is a popular skill among Reed alumni, with roughly one in six grads reporting using it on the job. Reed College grads who have experience with JavaScript can expect to make 68 percent more than other alumni (approximately $101K on average). Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Data Analysis, and Microsoft Office command top-of-the-line rewards as well.

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.

Related Schools

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.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1930 2210
ACT Scores 29 33

Key Stats for Reed College


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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 96 votes.
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