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Employment Statistics

The Penn State Smeal MBA Program complies with the placement reporting standards of the MBA Career Services Council. Below is an overview of permanent employment statistics for the class of 2014.

Our full 2014 Employment Report can be accessed online.

Compensation - Base Salary

  • Mean: $101,044
  • Median: $100,000

Compensation – Signing Bonus

  • Mean: $17,022
  • Median: $16,000

Employment Status – As of 3 Months After Graduation

  • Holding One or More Offers: 89.7%
  • Accepted a Position: 85.3%

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    Employment By Function

    • Operations/Logistics: 40%
    • Consulting: 29%
    • Marketing/Sales: 18%
    • Finance/Accounting: 13%

    Employment By Industry

    • Consulting: 27%
    • Technology: 24%
    • Manufacturing: 22%
    • Consumer Products: 5%
    • Financial Services: 3.5%
    • Petroleum/Energy: 3.5%
    • Pharmaceuticals/Biotechnology/Healthcare: 2%
    • Other: 13%

    Employment By U.S. Geographic Region

    • Mid-Atlantic: 27%
    • Northeast: 25%
    • West: 21%
    • South: 9%
    • Midwest: 9%
    • Southwest: 7%