Harvard | Mr. MacGruber
GRE 313, GPA 3.7
Kellogg | Mr. Real Estate Finance
GMAT 710, GPA 3.0
Emory Goizueta | Mr. Multimedia
GRE 308, GPA 3.4
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Poet At Heart
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Yale | Mr. Ukrainian Biz Man
GRE 310, GPA 4.75 out of 5
Darden | Mr. Former Scientist
GMAT 680, GPA 3.65
Stanford GSB | Mr. Sustainable Business
GRE 331, GPA 3.86
Wharton | Mr. Microsoft Consultant
GMAT N/A, GPA 2.31
Yale | Ms. Impact Investing
GRE 323, GPA 3.8
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Food Waste Warrior
GMAT Not written yet (around 680), GPA 3.27
Stanford GSB | Ms. Future Tech Exec
GMAT 750, GPA 3.4
Georgetown McDonough | Ms. Air Force
GMAT 610, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Mr. Healthcare Fanatic
GMAT 770, GPA 3.46
Kellogg | Mr. Finance To Education
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Rice Jones | Mr. Back To School
GRE 315, GPA 3.0
Columbia | Mr. Aussie Military Man
GMAT 710, GPA 3.0 (rough conversion from Weighted Average Mark)
Harvard | Mr. Hopeful Philanthropist
GMAT 710, GPA 3.74
Stanford GSB | Mr. FinTech
GMAT Not Taken Yet, GPA 3.5
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Analytics Man
GMAT 740, GPA 3.1
Cornell Johnson | Mr. FinTech Startup
GMAT 570, GPA 3.4
Darden | Ms. Teaching-To-Tech
GRE 326, GPA 3.47
Chicago Booth | Mr. Future Angel Investor
GMAT 620, GPA 3.1
Wharton | Ms. Software Engineer
GMAT 760, GPA 3.84
Harvard | Mr. PE Strategist
GRE 326, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. FBI To MBB
GMAT 710, GPA 3.85
Harvard | Mr. MBB Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.9
Chicago Booth | Mr. Cal Poly
GRE 317, GPA 3.2

An MBA Will Make You Richer And Happier

The original TransparentMBA team. Pictured from left to right are Jeremy Selbst, Mitch Kirby, Alyssa Jaffee and Kevin Marvinac. Courtesy photo

The original TransparentMBA team. Pictured from left to right are Jeremy Selbst, Mitch Kirby, Alyssa Jaffee and Kevin Marvinac. Courtesy photo

Perhaps most surprising about the data is how unhappy MBAs reported being before going to school — and how happy they were afterwards. On a 1-to-10 scale, MBAs reported a happiness level of 4.94 before entering B-school.

Afterwards, the average jumps to 7.81 — or, a 58% growth in overall job happiness. Marvinac points to the industry and function switching data as one reason for the big increase in satisfaction. According to the TransparentMBA data pull, 89% of MBAs switch either industry or function after graduating. Some 69% switch both industry and function. As expected, the data suggests that people are increasingly using the MBA to make significant career changes.


In addition to the compensation, function, and industry stats, TransparentMBA asked MBAs that register on the site to report on job impact, company culture, if they’d recommend the company to a friend, and overall happiness. Marvinac says overall happiness is the “overarching umbrella” to the three other measurements. According to Marvinac, the average happiness for all users of the site — including current MBAs — is 6.6.

But all of that extra cash and happiness comes with at least one caveat. Marvinac and TransparentMBA looked at differences in how many hours a week MBAs work compared to before business school. Not surprisingly, on average, MBAs work more after B-school than before, averaging 57.7 hours a week, compared to the 52.8 hours weekly they claimed prior to getting their MBA degrees. MBAs worked a median 10 hours more a week after business school–60 hours weekly versus 50. Particularly interesting, Marvinac notes, is the difference in percentage increases between mean and average numbers. For the average, the percentage increase is almost 15%, compared to the 7.7% median uptick. “It’s reiterating that not all MBA jobs are created equal,” Marvinac says.

When the average increase is a lot is more than the median, Marvinac explains, it’s because the data is top heavy, or there are some amazingly high amounts of hours being clocked by some MBA grads. One MBA, for example, claimed to be working a whopping 110 hours in his post-MBA job. Many report working in the 70 to 80 hour per week range, and a few actually reported working less hours per week.


transparentmba_logo_hz_colorThis data was provided by TransparentMBA, a free online resource that provides the most granular compensation, satisfaction, and work-life balance data for MBA careers. Use over 250,000 data points from 3,000+ employers and 200+ MBA programs to plan your careers, evaluate specific roles, and even negotiate your offers.