GMAT -, GPA 2.9
Berkeley Haas | Ms. Against All Odds
GMAT 720, GPA 2.9
Harvard | Mr. Google Tech
GMAT 770, GPA 2.2
Yale | Mr. Army Pilot
GMAT 650, GPA 2.90
Wharton | Mr. Senior Analyst
GMAT 750, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Future VC
GMAT 750, GPA 3.6
Stanford GSB | Ms. Access To Opportunities
GRE 318, GPA 2.9
Tuck | Mr. Product Marketer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.1
Wharton | Ms. Finance For Good
GMAT 730, GPA 3.7
UCLA Anderson | Mr. International PM
GMAT 730, GPA 2.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. Low GPA To Stanford
GMAT 770, GPA 2.7
USC Marshall | Mr. Low GPA High GMAT
GMAT 740, GPA 2.44
London Business School | Mr. Midwest Engineer
GMAT 750, GPA 3.69
Harvard | Mr. Policy Development
GMAT 740, GPA Top 30%
Cambridge Judge Business School | Mr. Champion Swimmer
GMAT 750, GPA 3.7
MIT Sloan | Mr. NFL Team Analyst
GMAT 720, GPA 3.8
Chicago Booth | Mr. Consulting Hopeful
GMAT 720, GPA 3.6
Kellogg | Mr. Tech Auditor
GRE 332, GPA 3.25
NYU Stern | Mr. Washed-Up Athlete
GRE 325, GPA 3.4
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Southern California
GMAT 710, GPA 3.58
Ross | Mr. Brazilian Sales Guy
GRE 326, GPA 77/100 (USA Avg. 3.0)
INSEAD | Mr. Fraud Associate
GMAT 750, GPA 8/10
Wharton | Ms. Project Mananger
GMAT 770, GPA 3.86
Chicago Booth | Mr. Average White Guy
GMAT 680, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. AIESEC Alumnus
GMAT 750, GPA 3.38
Kellogg | Mr. Brazilian Banker
GMAT 600, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Mr. Upward Trajectory
GMAT 720, GPA 3.3

Stanford MBAs Snag Highest 2011 Salaries

MBA graduates from Stanford reported the highest median starting salaries this year at $125,000 a year, up 4.2% from $120,000 in 2010. MBAs from Harvard and Wharton were not far behind, garnering median starting salaries of $120,000 each, a healthy 9.1% increase from $110,000 a year earlier. MIT’s Sloanies were just a smidgeon below Harvard and Wharton at $119,000, up from $110,00 in 2010.

By and large, the news on the MBA pay front for the Class of 2011 is very good. Of 30 highly ranked business schools, 25 reported that starting pay for MBAs went up, often for the first time since the Great Recession kicked in during 2008. The six remaining schools–Virginia’s Darden, Yale, New York University’s Stern, Rice’s Jones School of Business, and UCLA’s Anderson School–reported no change from last year.

The upshot: Not a single school’s graduates sufferred a fall in median starting salaries. That’s quite a reversal from last year when ten of the top 30 schools reported declines in median starting salaries for their MBAs. The figures (see table below) do not include starting bonuses, guaranteed year-end bonuses, tuition reimbursement or other compensation many MBAs from the leading schools receive from their employers.

Some 19 of the 30 schools are now in six figures, up from 14 only last year. Ten schools reported median starting pay higher than $100,000, while nine of the 30 schools reported that the median starting salaries for their MBAs was exactly $100,000.

The average median starting salary for the Class of 2011 rose 4% to $101,010, up from $97,164 a year ago, according to data collected from 29 schools by Bloomberg Businessweek. The school’s reporting the largest percentage increases are Harvard and Wharton. What hasn’t returned are signing bonuses, reported BusinessWeek. Only eight schools reported increases in this area, while the vast majority said bonuses were flat and six schools reported declines.

School2011 Median Salary20102009
1. Stanford GSB$125,000$120,000$120,000
2. Harvard Business School$120,000$110,000$114,000
3. Pennsylvania (Wharton)$120,000$110,000$110,000
4. MIT (Sloan)$119,000$110,000$110,000
5. Berkeley (Haas)$111,000$110,000$110,000
6. Dartmouth (Tuck)$110,000$105,000$105,000
7, Columbia Business School$110,000$100,000$100,000
8. Northwestern (Kellogg)$110,000$105,000$105,000
9. Chicago (Booth)$107,000$102,000$100,000
10. Michigan (Ross)$103,000$100,000$100,000
11. Duke (Fuqua)$101,400$100,000$100,000
12. Virginia (Darden)$100,000$100,000$100,000
13. Emory (Goizueta)$100,000$90,000$91,000
14. Yale School of Management$100,000$100,000$96,000
15. New York (Stern)$100,000$100,000$95,000
16. Texas-Austin (McCombs)$100,000$95,000$95,000
17. UCLA (Anderson)$100,000$100,000$95,000
18. Carnegie Mellon (Tepper)$100,000$95,000$100,000
19. Cornell (Johnson)$100,000$96,000$95,000
20. UNC (Kenan-Flagler)$100,000$95,000$95,000
21. USC (Marshall)$96,000$94,000$95,000
22. Minnesota (Carlson)$95,507$90,000NA
23. Indiana (Kelley)$95,000$89,144$92,000
24. Rice (Jones)$95,000$95,000NA
25. Notre Dame (Mendoza)$93,500$90,000$92,500
26. Brigham Young (Marriott)$92,000$88,550$90,000
27. Vanderbilt (Owen)$91,000$88,000$95,000
28. Washington (Olin)$90,000$85,000$90,000
29. Georgia Institute of Technology$90,000$85,000$85,000
30. Michigan State (Broad)$87,500$86,200NA
31. Texas A&M$85,000$85,000NA

Source: Schools reporting to BusinessWeek & individual school employment reports


About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.