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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 2017–2018 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 weekly co-op salaries, 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 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 $447 $520 $720
Chemistry $456 $600 $709
Communication $480 $565 $680
Criminology and Justice Studies N/A N/A N/A
English $455 $640 $720
Environmental Science $480 $520 $538
Environmental Studies and Sustainability $400 $538 540
Geoscience $569 $660 $720
Global Studies* $480 $538 $630
History N/A N/A N/A
Mathematics $560 $740 $840
Philosophy N/A N/A N/A
Physics $520 $583 $722
Political Science* N/A N/A N/A
Psychology $480 $520 $560
Sociology N/A N/A N/A
Total $480 $544 $680

*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 $660 $800 $960
Business Analytics $640 $720 $836
Business and Engineering $640 $750 $860
Economic Analysis N/A N/A N/A
Economics $640 $680 $840
Finance $640 $720 $805
General Business $560 $660 $720
International Business $595 $680 $809
Legal Studies $600 $700 $800
Management Information Systems $640 $750 $860
Marketing $564 $653 $760
Operations and Supply Chain Management $640 $710 $880
Organizational Management $628 $680 $800
Real Estate Management & Development N/A N/A N/A
Sport Business $400 $480 $600
Technology Innovation Management $600 $680 $840
Total $600 $710 $840

College of Computing & Informatics

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Major 25th Percentile Median 75th Percentile
Computer Science $720 $840 $1000
Computing and Security Technology $640 $701 $850
Data Science $716 $760 $840
Informatics $800 $840 $1000
Information Systems $692 $800 $863
Information Technology $700 $840 $960
Software Engineering $800 $920 $1,080
Total $720 $833 $1000

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 $700 $760
Chemical Engineering $673 $800 $912
Civil Engineering $620 $680 $750
Computer Engineering $700 $800 $960
Construction Management $680 $720 $800
Electrical Engineering $747 $820 $880
Engineering $600 $640 $800
Engineering Technology $680 $720 $800
Environmental Engineering $582 $640 $687
Materials Science and Engineering $680 $789 $855
Mechanical Engineering $640 $750 $840
Total $670 $760 $840

Close School of Entrepreneurship

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Major 25th Percentile Median 75th Percentile
Entrepreurship and Innovation $456 $660 $760
Total $456 $660 $760

Center for Food and Hospitality Management

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Major 25th Percentile Median 75th Percentile
Culinary Arts and Science $448 $580 $600
Culinary Science $500 $560 $760
Hospitality Management $390 $440 $494
Total $400 $461 $560

*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 $529 $683 $880
Total $529 $683 $880

Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

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Major 25th Percentile Median 75th Percentile
Animation and Visual Effects* $495 $569 $720
Art History* N/A N/A N/A
Dance* N/A N/A N/A
Design and Merchandising* $400 $480 $560
Entertainment and Arts Management* N/A N/A N/A
Fashion Design* $384 $384 $480
Film and Television* $454 $522 $600
Game Design and Production* $370 $600 $700
Graphic Design $525 $610 $720
Interactive Digital Media $680 $798 $850
Interior Design $540 $600 $620
Music Industry* $600 $600 $600
Photography* N/A N/A N/A
Product Design $500 $630 $720
Screenwriting and Playwriting* N/A N/A N/A
Total $490 $600 $680

*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
Behavioral Health Counseling N/A N/A N/A
Health Sciences $360 $436 $494
Health Services Adminstration $494 $635 $680
Nursing $488 $520 $560
Nutrition and Foods* N/A N/A N/A
Total $479 $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 $400 $480 $600
Total $400 $480 $600