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UVA Darden MBA Class of 2022 Achieves Record Mean Salary

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According to the UVA Darden employment report for the MBA Class of 2022, graduates continued a streak of record-breaking salary numbers.

Ninety-three percent of the 395 graduates sought employment post-MBA. Ninety-four percent received a job offer by graduation and, within three months, that figure landed at 97.5 percent. Ninety-one percent of those seeking employment accepted a job offer by graduation and another five percent accepted work within three months of graduation. The Darden MBA Class of 2022 set a new record for base salary, securing $157,090 on average. The median base salary came in at $175,000. Regarding signing bonuses, the mean landed at $34,749 and the median was $30,000.

Quoted in the report, Jeff McNish, Assistant Dean of the Career Center, stated, “We could not be prouder of these mission-driven individuals from around the globe, who demonstrated determination, resilience, and compassion through another season of change and renewal. As the most recent internship and full-time hiring numbers attest, the world’s leading companies continue to prize Darden MBA talent in a wide variety of industries and functions.”

Top Industries and Regional Placement for Darden MBAs

The consulting industry has been the top destination for Darden grads by a solid margin for six years running. This year, 43.5 percent of MBAs entered the field–a jump of roughly 11 percent over last year’s class. Financial services recruited 25.4 percent of the class, which is nearly identical to the Class of 20221. Technology took in 13.8 percent of Darden MBA graduates, representing a near five percent dip from the prior year. The healthcare and CPG industries each took in 3.4 percent of UVA Darden MBAs, rounding out the top five industries.

UVA Darden MBA Employment Report:
Top 5 Industry Placement

Consulting 43.5%
Financial Services 25.4%
Technology 13.8%
Healthcare 3.4%
Consumer Packaged Goods 3.4%

Nearly 98 percent of the UVA Darden Class of 2022 stayed in the U.S. for work. Of those, the largest portion—35.2 percent—moved to the Northeast for work. Meanwhile, nearly 20 percent found jobs in the Mid-Atlantic region and roughly 13 percent settled in the Southwest U.S., a five percent increase over last year.

UVA Darden MBA Employment Report:
U.S. Regional Placement

Northeast 35.2%
Mid-Atlantic 19.8%
Southwest 13.4%
South 12.2%
West 11.9%
Midwest 7.6%
Lauren Wakal
Lauren Wakal has been covering the MBA admissions space for more than a decade, from in-depth business school profiles to weekly breaking news and more.