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Undergraduate Co-op 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 median hourly rate of paid co-op experiences from the 2018–2019 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. Seventy-five percent 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 hourly rate, it does not constitute a guarantee of co-op income.

Lastly, employers and students should be aware that the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and related state and local statutes may govern the relationship between employers and co-op students (including minimum wage and overtime). Depending on the compensation and location of the job, it is encouraged that organizations consider offering incentives such as stipends, housing and relocation assistance, transportation assistance, or industry-specific opportunities in order to attract the best candidates. Employers are encouraged to review the Department of Labor Fact Sheet Regarding Unpaid Interns and Students to determine whether its provisions are relevant to the circumstances of their co-op positions.

Drexel University Median Hourly 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 $12.00 $13.50 $17.50
Chemistry $14.25 $18.00 $20.00
Communication $14.25 $16.00 $18.00
Criminology and Justice Studies $12.00 $15.50 $17.00
English $12.50 $15.00 $19.00
Environmental Science $14.25 $14.25 $15.76
Environmental Studies and Sustainability $14.25 $16.00 $20.00
Geoscience $14.00 $17.75 $18.00
Global Studies* $13.00 $15.00 $19.00
History N/A N/A N/A
Mathematics $18.00 $20.25 $23.00
Philosophy N/A N/A N/A
Physics $14.58 $17.00 $20.00
Political Science* N/A N/A N/A
Psychology $11.00 $12.35 $15.00
Sociology* N/A N/A N/A
Total $12.35 $15.00 $18.00

*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 $16.80 $19.75 $21.00
Total $16.80 $19.75 $21.00

LeBow College of Business

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Major 25th Percentile Median 75th Percentile
Accounting $17.50 $20.00 $25.00
Business Analytics $16.00 $18.80 $21.25
Business and Engineering $17.50 $20.00 $22.50
Economic Analysis N/A N/A N/A
Economics $15.00 $17.50 $20.00
Finance $16.50 $19.00 $22.50
General Business $15.00 $17.00 $20.00
International Business $16.86 $18.00 $20.00
Legal Studies $15.00 $17.00 $20.00
Management Information Systems $17.00 $20.00 $22.00
Marketing $15.00 $16.68 $19.00
Operations and Supply Chain Management $15.00 $18.00 $20.72
Organizational Management $16.00 $18.00 $20.86
Real Estate Management & Development $15.00 $15.00 $19.00
Sport Business $12.00 $14.50 $16.00
Technology Innovation Management $16.50 $20.00 $22.00
Total $16.00 $18.00 $21.92

College of Computing & Informatics

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Major 25th Percentile Median 75th Percentile
Computer Science $20.00 $23.00 $26.00
Computing and Security Technology $17.00 $20.00 $25.00
Data Science $17.00 $20.00 $23.00
Informatics N/A N/A N/A
Information Systems $17.00 $21.00 $22.00
Information Technology $19.00 $22.00 $25.00
Software Engineering $20.00 $24.00 $25.00
Total $20.00 $22.00 $25.00

School of Education

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Major 25th Percentile Median 75th Percentile
Elementary Education N/A N/A N/A
Teacher 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 $16.00 $18.00 $19.00
Chemical Engineering $17.50 $21.00 $23.50
Civil Engineering $16.00 $17.50 $18.50
Computer Engineering $19.25 $21.25 $25.00
Construction Management $17.00 $19.00 $20.00
Electrical Engineering $19.00 $21.25 $23.00
Engineering N/A N/A N/A
Engineering Technology $16.50 $19.00 $21.00
Engineering Undelcared N/A N/A N/A
Environmental Engineering $15.43 $18.00 $20.00
Materials Science and Engineering $17.50 $20.00 $22.67
Mechanical Engineering $16.50 $19.00 $21.50
Total $17.00 $20.00 $22.00

Close School of Entrepreneurship

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Major 25th Percentile Median 75th Percentile
Entrepreurship and Innovation $14.00 $15.00 $18.00
Total $14.00 $15.00 $18.00

Center for Food and Hospitality Management

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Major 25th Percentile Median 75th Percentile
Culinary Arts and Science $9.00 $10.00 $16.00
Hospitality Management $10.00 $12.50 $16.00
Total $10.00 $12.50 $16.00

*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 $15.00 $18.00 $25.00
Total $15.00 $18.00 $25.00

Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

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Major 25th Percentile Median 75th Percentile
Animation and Visual Effects $12.00 $15.00 $16.50
Art History* N/A N/A N/A
Dance* N/A N/A N/A
Design and Merchandising* $10.00 $12.00 $15.00
Entertainment and Arts Management* $7.25 $12.00 $15.00
Fashion Design* $10.00 $13.00 $13.50
Film and Television $12.00 $13.00 $14.06
Game Design and Production* $11.25 $15.00 $16.58
Graphic Design $15.00 $18.00 $20.00
Interactive Digital Media $14.25 $20.00 $22.00
Interior Design $14.00 $15.00 $17.00
Music Industry* $8.63 $15.00 $15.50
Photography* N/A N/A N/A
Product Design $11.00 $15.00 $16.00
Screenwriting and Playwriting* N/A N/A N/A
Total $12.00 $15.00 $17.00

*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* N/A N/A N/A
Health Sciences $10.00 $12.35 $13.96
Health Services Adminstration $12.00 $12.00 $12.50
Nursing $12.35 $13.93 $14.00
Nutrition and Foods* N/A N/A N/A
Total $12.00 $13.55 $14.00

*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 $12.00 $12.43 $14.00
Total $12.00 $12.43 $14.00