Johnson Sees Uptick in MBA Salaries, Amid Robust Placement
2015 Employment Report outlines picture for summer internships and
Johnson’s Career Management Center (CMC) works throughout the year
to prepare students for career success in a competitive job market. The
Employment Report reflects its commitment to students and job placement. Among
other data, the report shows high percentages of internship and post-graduation
employment as well as an increase in graduates’ average base salaries when
compared to the previous year’s report.
The CMC connects students with potential employers, provides
networking opportunities, and offers one-on-one support — it is this variety of
resources that lands Johnson graduates among leading companies, such as
Deloitte, Amazon, Ernst & Young, Citigroup, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
These were the top five companies that hired Johnson students in 2014–2015. The
CMC brought students more than 2,400 job postings, 400 more than the prior
Among Two-year class of 2015 graduates, 92 percent received at
least one offer of employment within three months after graduation, and for the
first time in recent history, a higher percentage of international students
reported job offers than U.S. students. Finance and consulting continued to be
the most popular job functions for this class (with 39 percent and 25 percent of graduates accepting
positions in those functions, respectively), and average base salaries for
graduates employed in finance, general management, and marketing and business
development increased compared to 2014.
The two-year class of 2015 reported an average annual base salary
of $119,100 — an increase of more than $8,000 from the prior year’s class,
while the one-year class of 2015 average annual base salary was $122,500, up
more than $5,000 from that reported by the One-year class of 2014. One-year class
of 2015 graduates also noted increases in annual salaries in consulting,
finance, and marketing and business development functions.
To provide new and expansive resources for students, the CMC
continually strengthens relationships with company recruiters. During the 2014–2015
academic year, recruiters gave the CMC staff a 4.29 overall rating (on a scale
of 1 to 5) in how they supported on-campus recruiting efforts. The 2015
Employment Report notes the CMC hosted almost 100 companies conducting 257
interview schedules and welcomed 12 new companies for on-campus recruiting.
Recruiters also rated Johnson students a 4.17 for professionalism and presence
relative to students at other schools. This above-average rating reflects the
caliber of students at Johnson, and the CMC aims to amplify student potential
and provide opportunities to prepare them for their job search and careers.
In 2014–2015, the CMC expanded career programming during orientation
for the two-year MBA class and the early weeks of the fall 2014 semester and also
organized dozens of Career Work Groups for first-year students in the class of
2016. Additionally, the CMC conducted more than 1,200 individual advising
sessions with residential program students. Although permanent employment was
about a year away at the time of the report’s survey, 99 percent of the two-year
class of 2016 reported they had internship offers by August 2015.
Cynthia Saunders-Cheatham, executive director of the Career
Management Center, praises the “unwavering commitment” of Johnson alumni,
faculty, staff, and corporate partners in helping make student achievements