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Harvard graduates = median salary $1.86M/year?

lubinlilubinli Registered User Posts: 258 Junior Member
edited August 2007 in College Search & Selection
Hey there,

I've been arguing with my dad for quite a while on his statement that "Harvard College graduates earn a median annual salary of $1.68 million." He said he read it in an article online. I DO NOT BELIEVE THIS, because this seems insanely high. Although he didn't say whether it's 5, 10, or 20 years after graduation, this number still seems WAY too high to me.

I'm wondering if there's any study/report/survey/stats on the salary info of Ivy League (college) graduates? Thanks a lot! :)
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Replies to: Harvard graduates = median salary $1.86M/year?

  • rencerence Registered User Posts: 385 Member
    It's not true. And I don't need any magazine or article or dataset to tell me that.
  • lubinlilubinli Registered User Posts: 258 Junior Member

    I don't believe it's true either. But my dad won't shut up until you wave a piece of actual evidence/stats in his face, haha.
  • Pat2323Pat2323 Registered User Posts: 635 Member
    That's impossible. I don't care if it's 30 years after graduation. Ask HIM to wave a piece of actual evidence in YOUR face.
  • brand_182brand_182 Registered User Posts: 7,589 Senior Member
    lol that your dad would believe that even from some magazine worries me the most.
  • lubinlilubinli Registered User Posts: 258 Junior Member
    I'm getting so tired from arguing with him about this ....all the time.

    Do you think that figure would be slightly more plausible had it been the graduates of a few selected GRADUATE schools, such as Harvard Business, Harvard Law, and Harvard Medical?
  • brand_182brand_182 Registered User Posts: 7,589 Senior Member
    haha even when considering business/law/med, I doubt the average is over 500k, much less 1.5 mil!
  • svalbardlutefisksvalbardlutefisk Registered User Posts: 691 Member
    Do you think that figure would be slightly more plausible had it been the graduates of a few selected GRADUATE schools, such as Harvard Business, Harvard Law, and Harvard Medical?
    It may be more plausible in the sense that graduates of those grad schools have a higher average salary than grads of Harvard college, but it is not more plausible in the sense of being actually plausible. And it is even more implausible as a median (as your father claimed it was) than as a mean, since it can't be skewed upwards by a few exceptionally rich grads.
  • Pat2323Pat2323 Registered User Posts: 635 Member
    Even if it were a mean, and even if it included drop-out Bill Gates, it still wouldn't be close.
  • hpamdu89hpamdu89 Registered User Posts: 420 Member
    Well...maybe then...since Bill Gates (say MSoft has been around ~20 yrs) makes around 3,000 Million a year.
  • brianthemanbriantheman User Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 192 Junior Member
    gates is an alum not a graduate

    and this is the most ridiculous thing i've heard in a while. 1) if you're mega successful, your salary is usually minimal compared to your net income. i.e. ibanking heads will have a salary around maybe 200-300k but bonuses of anywhere around 5M. jobs has a salary of i think a dollar? stock options and what not bring him billions a year. same goes for the google guys. these are just notable examples. salaries RARELY exceed 1M no matter what your education background or occupational expertise may be.

    papa bear may be a little off the rocker
  • Sam LeeSam Lee Registered User Posts: 9,449 Senior Member
    My good friend makes 70k as a prof of a Cal State U and he's like 40+ yo! He went to Harvard.
  • thethoughtprocessthethoughtprocess Registered User Posts: 4,167 Senior Member
    When your in the range of 2 mn a year that is probably not just salary coming in....

    Either way, its not true. Maybe like net worth or something
  • vicissitudesvicissitudes Registered User Posts: 3,498 Senior Member
    There you go, straight from the horse's mouth:

    The median first-year base salary for male members of the Class of 2007 is $60,000, compared to $50,000 for females, according to the survey results.

    Of course, this is starting salary, but even if you add in all the graduates, I doubt it would go above the 100,000-200,000 range.

    More proof:

    In 2005 the median starting salary for a new Harvard University MBA was $100,000. An MBA is a two-year degree. By contrast, a science or engineering PhD can take five to 10 years, with a few years of "post-doc" lab work. At a Business Roundtable press briefing, one CEO said his company might start this sort of scientist at $90,000. Does anyone wonder why some budding physicists switch to Wall Street?

    So for all those who didn't just get an undergraduate degree from Harvard, but a MBA after completing its business school, only averaged $100,000. A science/engineering PhD might get paid around $90,000. After 10-20 years, how much would these Harvard graduates get paid, on average? $150,000? $200,000? Maybe. $1,860,000? Not a chance.
  • NorthstarmomNorthstarmom Registered User Posts: 24,853 Senior Member
    Instead of arguing with your dad over things you can tell are nonsense, why not calmly (not sarcastically) ask him to show you where he got that info? You could say something like, "That's really interesting. I'd like to find out more. Where did you get that info?" You can nicely put the burden of proof on him.

    I'd make more suggestions, but I'm a Harvard grad, and my limo is waiting....
  • bigreddawgiebigreddawgie Registered User Posts: 2,157 Senior Member
    ha you wish it was true
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