NYU Stern | Mr. Beer Guy
GRE 306, GPA 4.0
Wharton | Mr. Data Dude
GMAT 750, GPA 4.0
Columbia | Mr. MD/MBA
GMAT 670, GPA 3.77
Harvard | Mr. Cricket From Kashmir
GMAT 730, GPA 8.5/10
Harvard | The Insurer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Mr. Seller
GMAT 740, GPA 3.3
Tepper | Mr. Automotive Strategy
GMAT 670 - 700 on practice tests, GPA 3.3
Wharton | Mr. Researcher
GMAT 700, GPA 3.2
Tuck | Mr. Land Management
GMAT 760, GPA 3.85
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Microsoft Consultant
GMAT N/A, GPA 2.31
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Backyard Homesteader
GRE 327, GPA 3.90
Wharton | Mr. Finance to MBB
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
London Business School | Ms. Social Impact Consulting
GRE 330, GPA 3.28
London Business School | Ms. Audit Meme
GMAT 710, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. Tech Start-Up
GMAT 720, GPA 3.52
Tepper | Mr. Insurance Dude
GMAT 660, GPA 3.6
Kellogg | Ms. Indian Marketer
GMAT 680, GPA 8.9/10
NYU Stern | Mr. Middle Eastern Warrior
GMAT 720 (Estimated), GPA 3.0
Chicago Booth | Mr. Chile Real Estate
GMAT 740, GPA 3.02
Yale | Mr. Sustainability Manager
GRE 319, GPA 3.52
NYU Stern | Ms. Legal Officer
GMAT 700, GPA 4
Stanford GSB | Ms. Education Non-profit
GRE 330, GPA 3.0
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Social To Tech
GMAT 700, GPA 2.7
Wharton | Mr. Mobility Entrepreneur
GMAT 760, GPA 1st Division
HEC Paris | Mr. Business Man
GMAT 720, GPA 3.89
Harvard | Mr. Football Author
GMAT 760, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Mr. Deferred Admission
GRE 329, GPA 3.99

The Highest-Paid MBA Alumni

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Students ready to receive their diplomas at the Stanford Graduate School of Business 2017 Commencement. Photo by Nathan Allen


Pay isn’t the only area measured by PayScale. As part of the visitor survey, MBAs were also asked about the degree of meaning and satisfaction they derived from their jobs. To gauge meaning, PayScale asked MBAs the following question: “Does your work make the world a better place?” When it comes to finding meaning in their work, Carnegie Mellon (Tepper) MBAs topped all comers. 67% of Tepper alumni answered either “Very Much So” or “Yes” to the question. 64% of HBS grads answered the same, with Berkeley Haas and UCLA Anderson MBAs alumni agreeing each at a 56% clip. At the opposite end, Cornell (Johnson) endured jobs with the least meaning, with 38% of respondents believing their jobs made the world better. NYU (Stern) and Chicago (Booth) MBAs were nearly as deflated at 39%.

When it comes to job satisfaction, Tepper MBAs weren’t as bullish. PayScale also asked MBAs about how satisfied they were with their jobs. Here, 74% of Tepper grads answered “Extremely Satisfied” or “Fairly Satisfied.” The most satisfied MBAs? Think California and Massachusetts. Stanford GSB topped the list at 91% satisfaction. UCLA (Anderson) MBAs were also pretty thrilled with their station, with 88% of respondents being satisfied. The same could be said of HBS and MIT (Sloan), whose satisfaction rates reached 82% and 81% respectively. 80% of MBAs at Haas and USC (Marshall) remained enamored with their jobs as well. Overall, it was a very happy group, with just one school – Yale SOM – falling under the 50% threshold.

In fact, Yale SOM grads, according to PayScale, appear to have the least happy alumni. Just 52% found meaning in their work while 46% were satisfied with it. That doesn’t mean there wasn’t some ambivalence. At Stanford, the difference between job satisfaction and job meaning was 39 points. At Anderson and Stern, the gap was 32 point, just one point higher than Columbia and Chicago (Booth).