MBA Employment Statistics

Interpreting Employment Data

Employment data for the UW Foster School of Business Full-time MBA Program is compiled from responses of graduates who share their employment information with MBA Career Management. We strongly urge this data be used judiciously. The median and ranges reported should be interpreted as only one source of information when making a decision regarding the appropriateness of an offer. Market conditions strongly influence salary levels as well as the number of offers extended by an organization. The amount of a salary offer tends to be influenced by a number of factors:

  • Functional category of the work
  • Location of the job opportunity
  • Type of industry and specific company policies
  • Length and relevance of prior work experience in the same functional or industry area
  • Length and scope of responsibility of professional work experience in business
  • Personal attributes deemed highly correlated to success in the role

Therefore, it would not be prudent to assume that all graduates will command similar compensation by virtue of their MBA degree. All the above factors need to be considered when making comparisons.

All MBA employment statistics are reported pursuant to standards established by the MBA Career Services and Employer Alliance (MBA SCEA). The MBA SCEA standards were developed to promote a consistent approach to data reporting methodology among MBA program and to acknowledge realities of MBA placement, including the fact not all MBA students choose to pursue employment after completing an MBA program. These standards can be viewed here.

Full-time MBA Employment Statistics

MBA 2015 Graduate Employment Profile
Employed at graduation 80%
Employed 3 months after graduation 96%
Average salary* $104,883
Median salary* $110,000
Range of salaries* $40,000-$185,000
Receiving signing bonus 61%
Average signing bonus $22,257
Receiving guaranteed compensation 37%
Average guaranteed compensation $15,809
*Figures include international salaries converted to USD.

MBA 2015 Graduate Salary Breakout (base salary)*
Function Percent Mean Median High Low
Marketing/Sales 38% $100,452 $105,000 $185,000 $40,000
Operations/Production 4% $114,590 $107,500 $171,360 $72,000
General Management 7% $113,095 $114,880 $130,000 $90,000
Finance/Accounting 16% $96,140 $97,860 $120,000 $62,000
MIS 0% N/A N/A N/A N/A
Consulting 28% $116,360 $117,500 $151,000 $72,800
Human Resources 3% $80,573 $76,000 $95,000 $70,720
Other Job Functions 4% $93,500 $105,000 $112,000 $52,000
Industry Percent Mean Median High Low
Consulting 25% $117,667 $120,000 $144,000 $88,500
Consumer Products 9% $122,024 $113,880 $185,000 $81,120
Financial Services 7% $103,775 $110,000 $130,000 $62,400
Government* 1% N/A N/A N/A N/A
Manufacturing 3% $92,620 $95,000 $97,860 $85,000
Media/Entertainment 0% N/A N/A N/A N/A
Non-profit* 1% N/A N/A N/A N/A
Petroleum/Energy* 1% N/A N/A N/A N/A
Pharm/Biotech/Healthcare 3% $90,667 $100,000 $110,000 $62,000
Real Estate 0% N/A N/A N/A N/A
Technology 43% $99,966 $105,000 $151,000 $40,000
Other 7% $87,686 $90,000 $117,000 $72,000
Region Percent Mean Median High Low
Washington state 78% $104,121 $110,000 $185,000 $30,000
Other US Locations 19% $103,069 $100,700 $151,000 $70,000
International 3% $112,280 $118,880 $171,360 $40,000
*Under three reported.

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Internship employment statistics