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Salary Guide

Undergraduate 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 2016–2017 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

By Major

College of Arts and Sciences

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Major 25th Percentile Median 75th Percentile
Anthropology* N/A N/A N/A
Biological Sciences $454 $502 $718
Chemistry $511 $680 $800
Communication $480 $565 $680
Criminology and Justice Studies $384 $480 $525
English $480 $551 $640
Environmental Science $480 $511 $550
Environmental Studies and Sustainability $460 $517 $600
Geoscience $517 $630 $720
Global Studies $520 $600 $640
History N/A N/A N/A
Mathematics $652 $715 $860
Philosophy N/A N/A N/A
Physics $520 $600 $722
Political Science $525 $590 $640
Psychology* $384 $506 $525
Sociology* N/A N/A N/A
Undeclared – General Humanities and Social Sciences* N/A N/A N/A
Total $480 $560 $682

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

School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Health Systems

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Major 25th Percentile Median 75th Percentile
Biomedical Engineering $640 $720 $840
Total $640 $720 $840

LeBow College of Business

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Major 25th Percentile Median 75th Percentile
Accounting $640 $735 $920
Business Analytics $600 $710 $840
Business and Engineering $640 $720 $820
Economic Analysis N/A N/A N/A
Economics $640 $720 $803
Entrepreneurship $540 $657 $790
Finance $602 $680 $800
General Business $560 $620 $700
International Business $570 $650 $800
Legal Studies $560 $610 $720
Management Information Systems $720 $800 $880
Marketing $560 $640 $732
Operations and Supply Chain Management $600 $680 $840
Organizational Management N/A N/A N/A
Total $600 $680 $800

College of Computing & Informatics

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Major 25th Percentile Median 75th Percentile
Computer Science $700 $800 $920
Computing and Security Technology $720 $760 $800
Data Science N/A N/A N/A
Informatics $780 $818 $900
Information Systems $740 $833 $920
Information Technology $631 $760 $920
Software Engineering $700 $835 $1,000
Total $700 $800 $920

School of Education

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Major 25th Percentile Median 75th Percentile
School of Education N/A N/A N/A
Total N/A N/A N/A

College of Engineering

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Major 25th Percentile Median 75th Percentile
Architectural Engineering $640 $720 $760
Chemical Engineering $680 $780 $869
Civil Engineering $600 $666 $720
Computer Engineering $720 $800 $920
Construction Management $640 $680 $760
Electrical Engineering $700 $800 $870
Engineering $524 $604 $660
Engineering Technology $600 $720 $840
Environmental Engineering $582 $640 $720
Materials Science and Engineering $660 $720 $840
Mechanical Engineering $640 $720 $810
Undeclared – Engineering $574 $680 $700
Total $640 $720 $830

Close School of Entrepreneurship

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Major 25th Percentile Median 75th Percentile
Entrepreurship and Innovation $480 $600 $680
Total $480 $600 $680

Center for Food and Hospitality Management

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Major 25th Percentile Median 75th Percentile
Culinary Arts N/A N/A N/A
Culinary Arts and Science N/A N/A N/A
Culinary Science $500 $560 $760
Hospitality Management $385 $420 $550
Total $400 $480 $600

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

Pennoni Honors College

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Major 25th Percentile Median 75th Percentile
Custom-Designed Major $445 $600 $829
Total $445 $600 $829

Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

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Major 25th Percentile Median 75th Percentile
Animation and Visual Effects* $400 $525 $720
Art History* N/A N/A N/A
Dance* N/A N/A N/A
Design and Merchandising* $340 $380 $560
Entertainment and Arts Management* N/A N/A N/A
Fashion Design* $384 $440 $640
Film and Video* $420 $500 $570
Game Design and Production* $400 $585 $700
Graphic Design $532 $600 $692
Interactive Digital Media $480 $700 $800
Interior Design $500 $557 $600
Music Industry* N/A N/A N/A
Photography* N/A N/A N/A
Product Design $560 $600 $600
Screenwriting and Playwriting* N/A N/A N/A
TV Production and Media Management $440 $480 $494
Total $400 $555 $640

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

College of Nursing and Health Professions

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Major 25th Percentile Median 75th Percentile
Behavioral Health Counseling $400 $480 $480
Health Sciences $360 $422 $494
Health Services Adminstration $418 $570 $700
Nursing $455 $504 $560
Nutrition and Foods* N/A N/A N/A
Total $448 $494 $560

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

Goodwin College of Professional Studies

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Major 25th Percentile Median 75th Percentile
General Studies* N/A N/A N/A
Total N/A N/A N/A

*Less than 50% of co-op positions in this program were paid. Students who participate in the First-Year Exploratory Studies program complete their co-op experiences through the college or school in which they declare their major at the end of their freshman year.

Dornsife School of Public Health

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Major 25th Percentile Median 75th Percentile
Public Health $418 $480 $494
Total $418 $480 $494

Center for Sport Management

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Major 25th Percentile Median 75th Percentile
Sport Managment $420 $480 $600
Total $420 $480 $600

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

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