Attending the University of Chicago, a university can pay off very well in the long run. The school is based in Chicago, Ill., and it is ranked in the top 12 percent of universities by return on investment. The numbers in this rundown were provided by the U of C grads who participated in PayScale's salary survey.

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20 Year Net ROI 


Annual ROI 

4.6 %

Total 4 Year Cost 


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Early Career Salary 


Mid-Career Salary 


% High Meaning 

46 %

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University of Chicago Median Salary by Job


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  • Updated: 24 Aug 2019
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About This School

5801 S Ellis Ave
Chicago, IL 60637


Private School, Research University

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Graduates of the U of C are found working in a number of different fields including the consulting industry, the financial services industry, and software as a service (SAAS) development. The most popular career sector among alumni is the education industry. The average salary for a grad from the U of C is $71K.


There's a noticeable difference between the genders; where the average man hauls in $82K after graduating from U of C, the average woman earns only approximately $61K.


Among U of C graduates, the biggest earners are Software Engineers, who haul in $87K on average. Next on the list are Data Scientists and Management Consultants, bringing in about $85K and around $77K, respectively. Sliding in near the bottom are Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators, who report earnings of $43K.


About two in five U of C students choose to remain in Chicago, Ill. after graduation, where the average salary is actually the lowest at about $67K. On the opposite end of the pay scale is San Francisco, Calif., a top-paying city for U of C grads looking to earn a larger-than-average sum (this city has a median pay of $99K). Other common destinations include Washington, DC and Seattle, Wash.

Degree Major

A Master of Business Administration (MBA), Accounting & Finance earns U of C students the most money after college (an average $146K per year). A Master of Social Work (MSW), Clinical Social Work (CSW) offers the lowest median annual financial reward (around $40K).


Data Analysis is a popular skill among U of C alumni, with around one in six grads reporting using it on the job. Python commands a pay premium of 19 percent for University of Chicago grads. Other prime know-hows include Project Management, Microsoft Excel, and Research Analysis.

Benefits and Perks

Just one-third of alumni enjoy paid vacation and merely one-fifth of alumni get paid sick time. A large number of survey participants allocate some part of their earnings to a company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. Most former students have medical plans, and a strong majority of alums have dental insurance. Additional perks enjoyed by University of Chicago grads include a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and free drinks.

Related Schools

Alumni of Washington University in St Louis pick up average paychecks of $72K, which is closest to the amount made by U of C grads among similar schools. Other schools similar to U of C include Northwestern University, the University of Notre Dame, and Case Western Reserve University.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 2140 2380
ACT Scores 32 35

Key Stats for University of Chicago


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$41,730 - $93,147
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5
based on 532 votes.
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