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Yale SOM MBA Salary by Industry

Despite the proximity to New York and Connecticut, the dominant industry that attracted the most number of MBA candidates was consulting (30.8%), earning equal pay with Finance, partly credited to the base salary that is $15,000 higher than Finance. However, Finance industry typically allocates 15-50% of the base salary as Bonus. Technology and Retail were the third and fourth popular choices.

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Tepper MBA Salary by Industry

Conforming to Carnegie Mellon University’s reputation of attracting technology giants – Google, Adobe, Amazon.com, IBM, and Intel, the industry with the most offers for MBA candidates were in technology (33.5%), ahead of Consulting (27.5%) and Financial Services (17.4%). Consulting at $160,000 earned the candidates close to $20k extra than Technology

Tepper MBA Salary by Function...


Traditionally, the mean signing bonus is around the $25,000 to $30,000 range, but for Darden Full-time MBA, the bonus crossed $31,000, although the total mean base salary was below the $125,000 range seen in top 10 MBA programs. However, Consulting – the most preferred job function attracted offers with $134,770 base salary and total mean salary of $161,700. Finance, the second favorite attracted much lower base salary ($119,585) but attracted the best signing bonus ($41,863) for the class.

Among the Finance function, Investment Banking pulled in close to $50,000 in signing bonus a $126,960 mean base salary, taking the total compensation to $175,898. General Management and Marketing were the 3rd and 4th popular...


The largest industry placement was in Consulting (32.2%) and Technology (20.4%). Financial Services was the third choice but earned the 2nd highest median base salary ($125,000) behind consulting ($144,000).
 
Ross MBA Salary by Industry

The total median salary for Technology was an impressive ($148,000) but substantially less than the two top paying industries – Consulting ($171,000) and Finance ($172,500).

On job function, Consulting attracted the most (36.10%) candidates for Ross MBA. Finance was the 2nd choice and Marketing/Sales the third,...


Michigan’s strength as a Manufacturing powerhouse is leveraged by Broad with close to 40% of the class choosing the industry. The base salary is $100,000. Consumer Products, another related sector was chosen by 17.2% of the class.

Broad MBA Salary By Industry

The big payday was in Consulting, attracting a median base salary of $130,000 – a compensation seen only in top 10 Business Schools in the US. Although only 10.9% of the class could get offers in the most sought after industry, Broad is a worthy training ground for candidates interested in entering...


Finance and consulting job function received the best remuneration –both crossing the $160,000 barrier, while Marketing/Sales were the lowest paid ($132,000) but had the third best representation (21%) indicating how job satisfaction played a major role in the post-MBA choice. Also, for Business Development/Sales role, the year-end bonus adds considerably to the total salary, just like Finance job function does.

Duke Fuqua MBA Salary by Function
 
Among the industries recruiting from Duke Fuqua, Finance had the best package with the signing bonus...


For the job function, Consulting and Financial Services are neck on neck while Marketing/Sales is the third popular choice for the latest Georgetown MBA class. The mean base salary is correlated to the top two post-MBA jobs functions, but Marketing/Sales was chosen despite a below $100,000 base salary.

Georgetown MBA Salary by Function
 
Consulting and Financial Services, like in top MBA programs was the popular industries for Georgetown MBA candidates with Technology at a distant third. Consulting has a higher base salary ($118,336) with the...


The $130k to $150k range mean total salary makes the program favorable in the tier-2 category and therefore earning the candidates the best increase in salary. Largely, the cost of the program offsets the increase in salary. For the latest class, students entering consulting (by industry and job function) received the best return on their investment. Marketing/Sales, the favorite among the MBA class was not far behind ($110,186 mean base salary).

Foster MBA Salary by Job Function
 
Since the individual bonus is not published, we used the average signing...


Although the number of professionals employed as Investment Bankers is low in Texas (mostly from the skill gap), the McCombs MBA program placed the 3rd largest group of students into Investment Banking, just behind Brand & Product Management (13%), and Consulting (23%).

McCombs MBA Salary by Function 2017

 
Technology is a clear winner in terms of the percentage (33%) of students joining the industry. Consulting with a total mean salary of $1,63,178 and the highest base salary ($135,614) had the most competition.

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The Median Signing Bonus and base salaries are $10,000 and $25,000 short of what are offered in tier-1 schools, but for those who want to get into Technology or Consulting, Merage MBA is a viable alternative.

After Technology (32%), Consulting, and Consumer Products, were tied in the most preferred industry (17%) but only Technology, Consulting, and Financial services managed to cross $100,000 in base salary.

UC Irvine Merage MBA Salary by Industry


Despite the $100,000 base salary only 9% of the class received job offers from...


USC Marshall has earned the reputation of attracting some of the best Consulting firms (Deloitte, Ernst & Young, and PricewaterhouseCoopers). The percentage of the class choosing Consulting as an industry and function are nearly identical (30%+) – an indication that Consulting is a stronghold for USC. Finance as an industry was tied with the Media/Entertainment (13%) as the popular choice for the latest MBA class, leveraging USC’s vicinity to Hollywood.


USC Marshall MBA Salary by Industry
 
In Consulting, Management Consulting is a...


Applicants interested in pursuing a career in the Consulting industry will find Sloan a favorite with 30.5% of the latest class choosing the industry, while technology came second at 23.9%. The median base salary was at $125,000 with the range starting from $40,000 to $200,000. Since the split up on Bonus was not available by industry, the consulting industry leads when it comes to median and total salary.

MIT Sloan MBA Salary by Industry
 
The MIT Sloan team has shared the bonus for popular post-MBA job functions. Investment Banking has a standard base...


Chicago Booth MBA Salary by Function

By job function, the largest percentage of the class (37.5%) was in Finance with the total median salary at $165,000. Consulting was the second most popular job function, taking in the highest salary - $170,000. Finance job function has other bonus and performance based incentives, which on adding up to the total salary is 30-50% higher than what consulting candidates are receiving.

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True to its reputation, NYU Stern attracted the most offers in the Financial Services industry (35.3%) with Investment Banking (28.2%) the most popular sub-group in the industry. Consulting was the second most popular industry (28.5%) while for the third position it is a close race between Consumer Packaged Goods and Technology/Telecommunication, both attracting 8-9% of the class. Candidates followed the post-MBA salary, as is evident from the total salary where Consulting ($166,904) and Financial Services ($166,707) fetched the best pay. As expected, the lowest paid industry was non-profit ($92,500 – total salary). However, other industries crossed the $100,000 total salary but surprisingly the median base salary for Media/...


Kellogg MBA candidates chose consulting over technology by a big margin (11%). Financial Services is at a distant fourth, just below consumer products. Health Care, Real Estate, Petroleum/Energy, and Retail complete the lower end of the spectrum.

Kellogg MBA Salary by Industry
 
Kellogg MBA program is a favorite for candidates interested in switching careers to Consulting with a third joining the job function while 20% found Marketing/Sales as the preferred vocation. Like industry, financial services were at a distant third. In terms of compensation -...


After the Financial Crisis of 2008, MBA with Finance was not a popular option. The aspiring applicants were looked down upon as potential criminals. Hiring was frozen, and the job markets had a 5-year lull, before picking up again in 2014. The 2016 class representation shows the comeback with 36.9% selecting Financial Services. The Median Signing Bonus is the highest, and the total median salary for the group has crossed the $175,000 range.
 
Columbia MBA Salary by Industry

In terms of function, consulting was neck and neck with Financial Services,...


The total median salary for a Cornell 2-year MBA student is at an impressive $152,132 - higher than Columbia and Stern – two competitors in New York; mostly contributed by the large percentage of the class choosing Financial Services (32%) with a total mean salary of $165,434. As expected, consulting was the second popular industry (25%) and Technology at third (12%).

Cornell MBA Salary by Industry
 
Finance has made a comeback with 33% of the class finding offers in the job function, earning $42,086 as signing bonus while consulting and General...


For the Class of 2016, the median Base Salary was $135,000 with a quarter of the class earning a median salary of $118,000 and the remaining 75% earning $147,000. Financial Services overtook Consulting by $5,000 to attract the best pay package of $150,000 median base salary. MBAs joining non-profit cited the lowest pay at a median base salary of $110,000.

Harvard MBA Salary by Industry
 
When you compare the job functions – consulting leads at $140,000 while Venture Capital/Private Equity takes the second position with $131,875 median base salary....


Finance overtook Consulting to attract the highest median base for the Class of 2016.

Stanford MBA Salary by Industry

The lowest median Salary by industry went to Consumer Packaged Goods, followed by Transportation and Logistics Services, Healthcare, Media/Entertainment, and Real Estate. As expected, the highest signing bonus went to Finance and Consulting, taking them to the top of the tally for Total Salary (Median) as well. 

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The total salary (median) for Berkeley Full-time MBA program is $10,000 short of Stanford, but the salary for consulting is comparable to any top MBA programs. Despite the lower salary in Retail, the industry was the fourth favorite among Haas students. Technology – the strong point of California was also the strength of Berkeley with nearly 40% of the class entering the industry.

Haas MBA Salary by Industry
 
As a function, interestingly, Marketing was the clear winner (27.3%) followed by Consulting (20.8%) and General Management (18%). Berkeley Full-time...


When the cost of a Full-time MBA program is comparatively lower, it would also mean the post-MBA salary would follow the same pattern. The base salary is a respectable $115,000 but when it comes down to choosing between top MBA programs, do not go by cost. Use net present value as we have demonstrated in our research guide.

If you can manage to reduce the borrowing cost, bet on the post-MBA salary and diversity of career choices. UCLA Anderson is heavily biased towards Technology, Consulting, and Finance – a...

Top 31 MBA Programs + Analysis of 24 Industries (United States)


We analyze the MBA Curriculum, Class Profile, Total Cost and Post-MBA Salary of Top 31 MBA programs in the US.

+ Industry Trends

+ Future of Aerospace, Agriculture, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Automobile, Clean Tech, Education, Energy, Fashion, Financial Services, Insurance, FinTech, Government, Healthcare, Life Sciences, Military, Manufacturing, Maritime, Media/Advertising, Technology, Tourism, Trade, Transportation and Logistics, Virtual Reality (VR), and Augmented Reality (AR).


Pages: 327

Reviews

"I have not reviewed many books for MBA Admission consulting companies but doing it now to give all applicants a brief idea on what the book covers. The book includes 31 top MBA programs - almost all the top schools you have heard or considering for your MBA application. Each chapter is categorized by US States where there is at least one top MBA program. So you have California and Massachusetts with the most number of MBA programs and several states with one top program (Washington, Minnesota, Washington D.C., Connecticut, Virginia, and Maryland) and other states with two to three MBA programs. The book focuses on four aspects of an MBA program - curriculum, cost, class profile and post-MBA salary. For me, the breakdown of the cost and post-MBA industry was useful to make my decision on selecting the top 5 programs for 2017-18. It is a fascinating read in an industry where consultants overprice for their expertise. I recently bought a 30-page guide for $49. Compared to the obvious observation in that book, the 300+ page, MBA in US - the Ultimate guide is a goldmine of information and analysis." - Verified Purchase (21st June 2017)

"I bought the ultimate guide after a friend recommended it for me. The guide covers a lot of ground on the history of each prominent US states and goes into the reasons why a certain industry emerged from each state. In addition to the analysis of the economy, trends and expected changes in the next 5 years, the book features top MBA programs in each state with an extensive study of its curriculum. Ultimate guide is an essential reference book for MBA Applicants if they want to shortlist MBA programs based on value and cost, and not just ranking. " - Verified Purchase (14th June 2017)

"Should be a required reading before applying for an MBA. School events and MBA Tours are PR events disguised as a Q&A. On the contrary, the book is an unbiased analysis of each Top MBA program in the US supported by a large dataset and historical context on each industry. The guide builds a case for indstries that are likely to emerge as favourite for MBA graduates. Thorough and a valuable book." - Verified Purchase (15th June 2017)

"What I liked: The breadth of the information. Some of my favorite nonfiction books have taken the same approach as the ultimate guide have - cover background information in-depth. In the book, the author uses parallel threads to demonstrate the history of the state and the rise of industries. Will make you think how schools thrive based on the policy set by the state. California's obsession with Technology has revolutionized how we do Business and changed post-MBA trends. Many MBA applicants will be consulting or doing marketing for a Technology company. That is one key finding from the book. The latest development in AI, FinTech, and Automation is an additional context that I found valuable in the book.

Very informative. I would recommend that you read the book at least once in chronological order before using Table of Contents." - Verified Purchase (2nd July 2017)

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