Highest & Lowest Paid MBAs of 2014

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Median Pay & Job Offers For The Class of 2014

School Median Base Sign-on Bonus Other Bonus Jackpot Graduation Offers Offers 3 Months Later
Harvard $125,000 $25,000 $34,700 $184,700 88% 93%
Stanford $125,000 $25,000 $31,500 $181,500 80% 94%
Wharton $125,000 $25,000 $27,000 $177,000 88% 98%
MIT Sloan $124,400 $25,000 $20,000 $169,400 85.9% 94.6%
Kellogg $120,000 $25,000 —— $145,000 85.0% 94.0%
Chicago $120,000 $25,000 $26,000 $171,000 89.8% 98.0%
UC-Berkeley $120,000 $26,865* $31,107* $177,972 79% 92%
Columbia $119,400 $25,000 $22,390 $166,790 83% 97%
Dartmouth (Tuck) $116,000 $25,000 $25,000 $166,000 91% 98%
Michigan (Ross) $115,000 $25,000 $16,750 $156,750 89% 93%
Carnegie Mellon (Tepper) $113,250 $25,000 $10,000 $148,250 79% 90%
Duke (Fuqua) $111,000 $25,000 $15,000 $151,000 87% 94%
Yale $110,000 NA $35,000 $145,000 80% 93%
New York (Stern) $110,000 $30,000 $20,000 $160,000 81% 94%
UCLA (Anderson) $110,000 $25,000 $15,000 $150,000 75% 90%
Virginia (Darden) $110,000 $25,000 $9,500 $144,500 89% 94%
Cornell (Johnson) $106,000 $25,000 $12,500 $143,500 87% 92%
UNC (Kenan-Flagler) $100,000 $25,000 $16,625 $141,625 81% 92%
Texas-Austin (McCombs) $105,000 $25,000 $12,600 $142,600 80% 94%
Indiana (Kelley) $104,000 $20,000 $11,000 $135,000 84% 93%
Emory (Goizueta) $100,000 $25,000 $12,500 $137,000 90.4% 98.0%
Vanderbilt (Owen) $100,000 $15,000 $12,000 $127,000 83% 94%
Washington (Olin) $100,000 $15,000 NA $115,000 86% 97%

Source: Business school employment reports & P&Q reporting

Notes: Jackpot refers to graduates receiving the median of all three forms of compensation: salary, signing bonus, and other year-end guaranteed bonus. Not all graduates are given all three. At Stanford, for example, sign-on bonuses this year were collected by half the class, while 38% of the MBAs received other year-end guaranteed compensation. An asterisk indicates average numbers rather than medians. An asterisk indicates a mean, rather than median, number.

Differences in pay often reflect industry choices and geography. Stanford’s higher median base can largely be attributed to the fact that 12% of this year’s class went into private equity, which currently pays the most lucrative comp packages to MBAs. The median PE starting base salary this year was $170,000. At Tuck, for example, only 4% of this year’s class went into private equity and the base for those PE jobs was just $120,000.

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