Post-MBA Salaries Continue Steady Upward Trend

The post-graduation salaries of MBAs continued their steady climb in 2017, Financial Times (FT) reports based on data from the publication’s latest MBA rankings. The data, which is published in full on January 29 along with the rankings, reveals that the average post-MBA salary three years after graduation was $142,000 in 2017. This figure represents a $7,000 increase—the largest in more than 12 years. A look at the average post-MBA salaries throughout the last ten years reveals a definite general upward trend: since 2014, for example, salaries have increased by 12%. After the financial crisis of 2008, salaries increased at a more modest pace—between 2008 and 2014, the increase was 4%. According to FT, the average post-MBA salary could approach $150,000 during the current year. Of course, the salaries are not the only figure on an upward trend: FT reports that the average tuition fees for two-year MBA programs reached $117,000 in 2017. Between 2008 and 2014, tuition increased by 44% on average, despite the slower increase in post-MBA salaries due to the financial crisis.

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