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10 Feb 2011, 02:07
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Just got this from GMAC's distribution email - pretty impressive!

MBA Compensation Heads Up as Recession Wanes, GMAC Survey Finds

Median Salary Tops US$94,500; 93 Percent of B-School Alumni Employed Reston, Virginia—Compensation packages for MBAs who graduated over the last decade are continuing to grow as the global economy appears to be on the mend, according to research conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), owner of the GMAT exam. The median base salary for business school alumni in the survey topped US$94,500 in 2010—well above the pre-recession level of US$89,000 recorded in 2007. In another indication of the value of graduate management education, 93 percent of respondents to the most recent GMAC Alumni Perspectives Survey were employed. This was up from 90 percent of participants in the Council’s 2009 alumni survey and just below the 95 percent mark seen in 2007. “Employers around the world tell us they place great value on business school graduates—and these strong compensation figures provide strong evidence to support that conclusion,” said Dave Wilson, president and CEO of GMAC. “The message is clear: A quality management education positions people well to thrive in today’s highly competitive, knowledge-driven job market.” GMAC’s latest alumni survey, conducted in September 2010, drew responses from 3,490 business school graduates who earned their degrees between 2000 and 2010. The new data reveal a continuing upward trend in compensation for business school graduates. Median base compensation among survey participants rose to US$94,542 in 2010, up from US$91,500 in the 2009 survey, US$90,000 in 2008 and US$89,000 in 2007. The median bonus in 2010 was US$17,565, compared with US$10,000 in 2007. _________________ Founder of GMAT Club US News 2008 - 2017 Rankings progression - New! Just starting out with GMAT? Start here... Need GMAT Book Recommendations? Best GMAT Books Co-author of the GMAT Club tests GMAT Club Premium Membership - big benefits and savings Senior Manager Joined: 21 Sep 2010 Posts: 261 Followers: 5 Kudos [?]: 28 [0], given: 56 Re: Median MBA Salary Tops US$94,500; 93% are employed - WOW! [#permalink]

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11 Feb 2011, 11:20
This is excellent news! At least for the majority of us in this forum. Although many people claim an MBA is useless, $94,500 with a 93% employment rate begs to differ! _________________ "Only by going too far, can one find out how far one can go." --T.S. Elliot Manager Joined: 12 Oct 2010 Posts: 123 Location: Canada Schools: McGill Desautels Class of 2013 Followers: 2 Kudos [?]: 4 [0], given: 5 Re: Median MBA Salary Tops US$94,500; 93% are employed - WOW! [#permalink]

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11 Feb 2011, 12:40
I don't know how detailed the responses were but I'd love to see a breakdown by school/region, industry, year of graduation etc. This information would mean a lot more to me if that information was available. But even so, 3400 samples is a pretty material amount and the increase certainly bodes well for those of us heading to b-school this fall. I wonder if the numbers in Canada have trended similarily?