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.

2017-18 POST GRADUATE OUTCOMES, SIX MONTHS POST-GRADUATION

INDUSTRIES/SECTORS FOR 2017-18 GRADUATES

OVERALL SALARIES, 2017-2018

337 graduates reported salaries. 39 part-time salaries and 8 international currency salaries were excluded (therefore, n=290).

  • The Overall Average salary was: $82,375 (for those with no prior graduate degree, $69,895).
  • The Overall Median salary was: $70,000 (for those with no prior graduate degree, $70,000).
  • The range was $18,000 to $450,000.
  • Specific benefits/bonuses mentioned included tuition remission, stock options/equity, licensure reimbursement, visa sponsorship, housing and transportation pay (especially for graduates working internationally), and relocation costs.

Median and Average Salaries by Sector

Salaries differ by industry, years of experience of the candidate, geographic location, size of the employer, etc. 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 MPH, MHA, or MS students, PhD/DrPH students, and students who entered Mailman with a pre-existing MD, PhD etc.). The third table is MHA salaries. 

Salary By Industry: School Wide

 SCHOOL-WIDE SALARIES (ALL GRADUATES WHO REPORTED)

AVERAGE

MEDIAN

Consulting Firm

$85,577

$80,000

Government

$57,033

$59,854

Health insurance company/Managed Care

$86,542

$79,000

Hospital/health system, including University Medical Centers/Research Hospitals

$85,869

$70,000

Marketing/Communications Agency

$62,771

$55,000

Non-Profit or Philanthropy (Domestic)

$90,291

$62,200

Non-Profit/International NGO (Global)

$65,463

$56,000

Other

$67,000

$64,000

Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology or Medical Device Company

$113,632

$83,000

Research Organization or Institute

$57,292

$54,500

Technology Company

$94,000

$80,000

University or College (NOT counting University Medical Centers)

$82,468

$70,500

SCHOOLWIDE

$82,256

$70,000


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

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

 

AVERAGE

MEDIAN

Consulting Firm

$83,279

$80,000

Government

$56,108

$59,708

Health insurance company/Managed Care

$83,864

$78,000

Hospital/health system, including University Medical Centers/Research Hospitals

$70,626

$65,000

Marketing/Communications Agency

$62,771

$55,000

Non-Profit or Philanthropy (Domestic)

$65,841

$62,000

Non-Profit/International NGO (Global)

$54,783

$53,000

Other

$70,000

$70,000

Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology or Medical Device Company

$83,267

$80,000

Research Organization or Institute

$57,292

$54,500

Technology Company

$81,000

$75,000

University or College (NOT counting University Medical Centers)

$60,465

$62,500

INDUSTRY WIDE

$69,896

$70,000

 

Salaries for MHA students

There were 50 (non-Executive) MHA students who reported salary (both part-time and full-time). For both part-time and full-time students:

Salaries by Industry - MHA students with no prior degrees

  

Industry

N Obs

Mean

Median

Consulting

11

$82,045

$84,999

Hospital/Healthcare

28

$82,571

$68,500

For full-time MHA only:

Industry

N Obs

Mean

Median

Consulting

9

$82,500

$84,999

Hospital/Healthcare

17

$75,676

$65,000

Graduates saw approximately a 32-44% increase in salaries after graduation as compared to the salaries they earned before entering the school.

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 30 jobs in 2017, (excluding those who were recruited from internships or prior jobs). 

Students went through an average of 4.9 first-round interviews and 3.1 second-round interviews, to receive an average number of 1.6 job offers ((there were 2 students receiving more than 5 offers, 4 students receiving 5 offers; 7 students receiving 4 offers; 34 students receiving 3 offers; 106 students receiving 2 offers). 

Students used a variety of search methods to hear about the jobs they ended up accepting. 22.2% of students used Career Services to find their job; 4.9% used Mailman School Alumni networking; 21.3% Department/faculty; 7.3% Classmate referrals, 6.1% practicum; 13.8% personal network; and 42.4% used a non-OCS Job Board or Other method; and 5.9% were promoted from an existing job. 

In all, approximately 60-70% of students found their jobs via networking; and 62.13% found their jobs with the assistance of Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health.

For further details, view the complete report.