Facts and Figures

Mailman School graduates pursue their passions across a broad range of employment sectors. While most choose to apply their skills and experience in and around the New York metropolitan area, our alumni can be found working throughout the United States and abroad.

View a partial list of employers and recruiters.

2016 POST GRADUATE OUTCOMES, SIX MONTHS POST-GRADUATION

INDUSTRIES/SECTORS FOR 2016 GRADUATES

OVERALL SALARIES, 2015-2016

358 graduates reported salaries, with part-time and international currency salaries excluded.

  • The overall average salary was approximately $77,495 (for those with no prior graduate degree, $65,146).

  • The overall median salary was $65,000 (for those with no prior graduate degree, $63,000).

  • 78 graduates (19% of those answering this question) reported receiving signing bonuses, relocation, or education benefits. The average signing bonus was $10,672 and the median was $7,000; the range was from $1,000 to $50,000.

Median and Average Salaries by Sector

Salaries differ by industry, years of experience of the candidate, geographic location, size of the employer, and a variety of other factors. (Amounts are rounded for privacy reasons.) The following salaries are school-wide salaries by industry. The first table is for all salaries reported; the second table is the average or median salary for those MPH or MS students who entered the Mailman School without a prior graduate-level degree (i.e. excluding Executive students, PhD/DrPH students, and students who entered Mailman with a pre-existing MD, PhD etc.). The third table is for MHAs (excluding Executive MHA).

Salary By Industry: School Wide

 MedianAverageLowHigh
Consulting$75,000$78,031$36,000$300,000
Government$57,833$62,443$20,000$158,000
Insurance$80,000$71,142$50,000$90,000
Hospitals (not counting private practice)$65,000$85,926$31,200$700,000
Marketing$52,000$78,500$40,000$200,000
Nonprofit (Domestic)$62,500$64,707$30,000$150,000
Nonprofit (NGO)$60,000$61,011$45,000$85,000
Other For-Profit$81,000$82,333$30,000$130,000
Pharmaceutical/Biotech$82,000$94,314$48,000$195,000
Research$59,000$58,648$45,000$76,000
Technology$75,000$81,500$60,000$170,000
University$56,000$69,353$35,000$180,000

 

Salaries by Industry: MPH or MS only ​(Excluding Executive MPH, MHA, MS; regular MHAs; and student with pre-existing MD, PhD, PharmD, JD etc.)

516 students graduated with an MS or MPH and did not have a prior graduate degree. 
Of these, 280 reported salaries, of which 13 were excluded as international or part-time.

                                      MedianAverageLowHigh
Consulting$65,604$66,020$36,000$105,000
Government$57,969$60,900$20,000$150,000+
Insurance$72,500$68,000$50,000$80,000
Hospitals$65,000$63,864$31,000$120,000
Marketing$42,500$46,500$40,000$61,000
Nonprofit$61,000$61,318$30,000$135,000
Nonprofit (International)$58,500$59,612$45,000$85,000
Other For-Profit$81,000$82,333$30,000$13,000
Pharma$94,500$98,913$48,000$195,000+
Research Institute$59,000$58,648$45,000$76,000
Technology Firm$75,000$73,455$60,000$85,000
University$52,525$56,529$35,000$100,000
Industry-wide$63,000$65,146$20,000$195,000+

 

Salaries for MHA students

There were 45 (non-Executive) MHA graduates, of whom 31 reported salaries. 15 reported salaries for their employment in a hospital or healthcare setting, 13 students reported salaries for jobs in the consulting industry, and only 2 salaries reported outside of these two industries.

                                      MedianAverageLowHigh
Consulting $85,000$90,992$79,500$110,000
Hospitals/Healthcare$60,000$64,280$50,000$100,000+

 

JOB SEARCH PROCESS

While the Mailman School has excellent career outcomes, and students and alumni have lifetime access to top-quality career services resources, students are ultimately responsible for taking ownership of their own job search. 

To find employment, students applied, on average, to 29 jobs in 2016, with a range from 1 to 500+ (excluding those who were recruited from internships or prior jobs). 

Students went through an average of 4.8 first-round interviews and 2.9 second-round interviews, to receive an average number of 1.7 job offers (there was 1 student receiving 6 offers, 6 students receiving 5 offers; 7 students receiving 4 offers; 40 students receiving 3 offers; 116 students receiving 2 offers). 

Students used a variety of search methods to find their jobs. 21.3% of students used Career Services to find their job; 5.1% used Mailman School Alumni networking; 13.3% Department/faculty; 6.7% Classmate referrals, 9% practicum; 17.4% personal network; and 15.6% used a non-OCS Job Board; 24% used Other; and 7.2% were promoted from an existing job. 

In all, approximately 60-70% of students found their jobs via networking; and 55.4% found their jobs with the assistance of Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health.

 

For further details, view the complete report.