Expected pay
Here's the annual base salary MBA candidates say they expect to earn five years after graduation.
Preferred field First job after graduation $ Five years after graduation $
$ $
Academic research $$79,590 $$139,839
Accounting (public) $$59,176 $$92,075
Aerospace/defense $$90,590 $$143,226
Agricultural $$87,250 $$150,083
Airline/travel $$89,788 $$157,198
Auditing/accounting/taxation (corporate) $$64,841 $$96,646
Automotive $$91,909 $$152,325
Biotechnology $$97,531 $$159,453
Chemical/petroleum $$98,008 $$163,612
Commercial banking $$88,689 $$156,191
Computer hardware $$98,699 $$164,746
Computer software $$99,928 $$166,523
Construction $$80,568 $$131,667
Consumer goods $$92,443 $$151,635
Does not matter $$89,765 $$151,235
Education/teaching $$76,138 $$120,646
Electronics $$93,705 $$162,154
Energy/power $$99,333 $$172,920
Engineering consulting $$96,363 $$164,949
Engineering/manufacturing $$94,679 $$154,959
Entertainment/media/public relations $$88,219 $$151,413
Environmental/conservation $$94,261 $$147,199
Financial services $$92,396 $$171,769
Food service $$87,265 $$143,806
Government/public service $$77,943 $$125,496
Healthcare $$93,031 $$158,968
Hotel/restaurant/tourism/hospitality $$85,745 $$145,115
Insurance $$88,765 $$148,184
Internet/e-commerce $$99,381 $$177,676
Investment banking $$98,227 $$213,597
Investment management $$99,603 $$200,416
IT consulting $$92,484 $$153,803
Management consulting $$103,026 $$190,261
Marketing/advertising $$85,087 $$140,099
Non-profit $$82,226 $$125,917
Other $$92,110 $$163,613
Pharmaceutical $$95,958 $$157,132
Private banking $$88,170 $$171,236
Private equity $$110,035 $$233,787
Real estate $$93,554 $$174,651
Retail/fashion/apparel $$90,835 $$149,191
Telecommunications $$97,123 $$168,662
Transportation/distribution/logistics $$90,008 $$145,669
Utilities $$94,405 $$157,093
Venture capital $$105,681 $$212,763
Published May 24, 2010
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