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Salary Guide

Co-op Weekly Salary Guide

The Drexel Co-op program is competitive for employers and students. Employers should consider the salary guide below as a starting point when making offers of employment to Drexel Co-op students. Employers should also consider their potential competitors in the recruiting process, additional employment benefits, transportation requirements, etc.

The salary information in the tables below reflects combined data from students in the four year and five year co-op programs. These salaries are based on the gross median weekly salaries of paid co-op experiences from the 2014–2015 academic year. Unpaid experiences and experiences receiving only stipends are not included in the data analysis.

Although salaries do fluctuate with current market conditions, the figures below provide a general idea of what students in Drexel programs are paid. The three categories represent the 25th percentile, the 50th percentile, and the 75th percentile of co-op salaries. For example, the 25th percentile indicates the 25% of students in paid experiences make less than the listed amount. 75% of students make more than the amount listed in the 25th percentile. 

Students should also consider the competitive nature of the co-op program when reviewing co-op opportunities. Co-op salaries, much like career salaries, are driven by the industry and market needs. While the vast majority of co-op positions are paid, some students enter into unpaid co-op arrangements based on the quality of the work experience and/or its ability to best fit the student's interests. In some circumstances, co-ops may be unpaid because of industry standards. For example, co-op positions in the fields of research and the creative arts are typically unpaid. While the salary guide below is a guideline for gross weekly co-op salaries, it does not constitute a guarantee of co-op income.

Lastly, employers and students should be aware of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and related state and local statutes that may govern the relationship between students and employers. Steinbright encourages students and employees to review the FLSA and determine whether its minimum-wage, overtime, and other provisions are relevant to the circumstances of their co-ops.

Drexel University Median Weekly Co-op Earnings

Major
25th 50th 75th
All Majors
$560
$660 $772

By Major

Center for Hospitality and Sport Management

Major 25th 50th 75th
Culinary Arts and Science*
$480
$500 $720
Hospitality Management $320 $400 $400
Sport Management* $350 $400 $542
College Total*
$360 $400 $542

*Less than 50% of co-op positions in this program were paid.

Close School of Entrepreneurship

Major 25th 50th 75th
Entrepreneurship & Innovation Insufficient salary data available for this program.

College of Arts & Sciences

Major 25th 50th 75th
Anthropology* Insufficient salary data available for this program.
Biological Sciences* $440 $560 $640
Chemistry $514 $606 $800
Communication* $490 $570 $640
Criminal Justice* $440 $525 $620
English* $400 $525 $680
Environmental Studies & Sustainability* Insufficient salary data available for this program.
Environmental Science $455 $485 $509
Environmental Studies* Insufficient salary data available for this program.
Geoscience* Insufficient salary data available for this program.
History* $420 $492 $600
International Area Studies* $400 $526 $600
Mathematics $600 $760 $810
Philosophy* Insufficient salary data available for this program.
Physics $560 $630 $720
Political Science* $315 $525 $680
Psychology* $435 $480 $560
Science Undeclared  Insufficient salary data available for this program.
Sociology* Insufficient salary data available for this program.
College Total $455 $560 $664

*Less than 50% of co-op positions in this program were paid.

College of Computing and Informatics

Major 25th 50th 75th
Computer Science $720 $800 $880
Informatics Insufficient salary data available for this program.
Information Systems $720 $766 $835
Information Technology $660 $726 $800
Software Engineering $720 $800 $900
College Total $720 $800 $880

College of Engineering

Major 25th 50th 75th
Architectural Engineering $571 $640 $720
Chemical Engineering $600 $720 $840
Civil Engineering $560 $640 $700
Computer Engineering $684 $800 $858
Construction Management $585 $640 $720
Electrical Engineering $680 $760 $820
Engineering $530 $640 $760
Engineering Technology $600 $680 $720
Engineering Undeclared $560 $590 $760
Environmental Engineering $551 $600 $670
Materials Science and Engineering $600 $704 $760
Mechanical Engineering $600 $680 $780
Property Management
Insufficient salary data available for this program.
College Total
$600 $699 $800

College of Nursing and Health Professions

Major 25th 50th 75th
Behavioral Health Counseling* Insufficient salary data available for this program.
Health Sciences $320 $400 $494
Health Services Administration $320 $420 $760
Nursing $448 $504 $560
Nutrition and Food Science* $384 $400 $504
College Total $436 $494 $542

*Less than 50% of co-op positions in this program were paid.

Dornsife School of Public Health

Major 25th 50th 75th
Public Health
Insufficient salary data available for this program.

LeBow College of Business

Major 25th 50th 75th
Accounting $600 $672 $800
Business Analytics*
Insufficient salary data available for this program.
Business and Engineering $600 $703 $800
Economics $620 $720 $820
Entrepreneurship $560 $620 $720
Finance $600 $670 $800
General Business $480 $600 $700
International Business $520 $600 $680
Legal Studies - Business $570 $600 $760
Management Information Systems (MIS) $600 $720 $815
Marketing $520 $600 $660
Operations/Supply Chain Management $600 $640 $740
College Total $560 $640 $760

*Less than 50% of co-op positions in this program were paid.

Pennoni Honors College

Major 25th 50th 75th
Custom-Designed Major
$525 $600 $1,000

School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Health Systems

Major 25th 50th 75th
Biomedical Engineering $600 $680 $760

School of Economics

Major 25th 50th 75th
Economics $620 $720 $820

School of Education

Major 25th 50th 75th
College Total* $282 $486 $551

*Less than 50% of co-op positions in this program were paid.

Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

Major 25th 50th 75th
Animation & Visual Effects*
Insufficient salary data available for this program.
Dance* Insufficient salary data available for this program.
Design and Merchandising* $360 $400 $480
Entertainment & Arts Management* Insufficient salary data available for this program.
Fashion Design* Insufficient salary data available for this program.
Film and Video* Insufficient salary data available for this program.
Game Art & Production* $560 $584 $720
Graphic Design $520 $564 $600
Interactive Digital Media $576 $655 $800
Interior Design $400 $520 $620
Music Industry*
Insufficient salary data available for this program.
Photography* Insufficient salary data available for this program.
Product Design
Insufficient salary data available for this program.
Screenwriting and Playwriting* Insufficient salary data available for this program.
TV Production & Media Management* Insufficient salary data available for this program.
College Total* $400 $525 $600

*Less than 50% of co-op positions in this program were paid.

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