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NYU Stern 2018 Employment Report Reveals Best Employment Rate in 5 Years, Large Salary and Bonus Increases

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NYU Stern School of Business released its 2018 MBA Employment Report at the end of last month, revealing that more graduates in the Class of 2018 had accepted full-time job offers three months after graduation than anytime in the past five years. Not only that, many recent grads reported a large jump in salary and bonuses. There are just a few of the highlights from this year’s employment report, which also Amazon topping the this of MBA employers for the second year in a row.

Stern Job Offers and Salaries Increase

This year, 93.7 percent of MBA graduates from Stern had accepted full-time job offers three months out from graduation, up from 91 percent last year and higher than every year since 2013. As for compensation, average base salary jumped 6.5 percent year over year, to $129,059. Average signing bonus, meanwhile, increased 7.5 percent, to $35,637.

“We begin working hand-in-hand with our MBA students on the recruitment process before they even arrive on campus for their first semester,” said Beth Briggs, Stern assistant dean of career services. “Our early and continuous engagement, coupled with the quality of our students and a strong employment market in New York City, has led to great results across a variety of career paths. For Stern’s Full-time MBA Class of 2018, the percentage of graduates who accepted job offers within three months of graduation is the highest in five years.  Average salaries, average signing bonuses and the number of students reporting signing bonuses have also increased over last year.”

Consulting and Investment Banking Lead Stern Industries

When it comes to where NYU Stern graduates are heading to work, historical industry data has remained consistent. Once again consulting and investment banking were the two most popular industries, luring 28.4 percent and 26.2 percent of the class, respectively. This represents a slight increase for both industries over last year, when consulting drew 26 percent and investment banking drew 23 percent. Technology and telecommunications stayed steady at 16.5 percent this year, on par with 2017. The only other notable changes in terms of industry appeal were a small dip in consumer packaged goods (falling to 5 percent, from 7 percent last year) and a slight increase in law (rising to 4 percent, from 2 percent).

“While the top three industries employing Stern students are consulting, investment banking, and tech, graduates are pursuing roles in a range of diverse areas including growing industries like fintech,” explained Briggs.

Amazon Hires Most Stern MBA Graduates

As for the top hiring companies, Amazon took the top spot for the second consecutive year. Other top employers of graduates from the Class of 2018 included Credit Suisse, McKinsey & Company, J.P. Morgan, IBM, and Bain & Company. In terms of regional appeal, 77.6 percent of graduates accepted jobs in the Northeastern United States, and 13.2 percent headed to the West Coast.

The majority of students (49.7 percent) received offers of employment from the companies where they completed their summer internship between the first and second years. Of those who chose not to accept a job where they interned, 20.1 percent received an offer from an on-campus scheduled interview, and 9.7 percent found their job through Stern job postings. The rest of the MBA Class of 2018 found their eventual jobs through personal contacts (6.3 percent), external job boards (4.7 percent), or alumni (3.1 percent).

You can view the complete NYU Stern 2018 Employment Report here.

Kelly Vo
Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and topics related to personal development. She has been working in the MBA space for the past four years in research, interview, and writing roles.