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What is the expected salary with an MBA ?

Your post-MBA (Master of Business Administration) salary will depend on several criteria such as the country you work in, the industry, the company that hires you and the reputation of the establishment issuing the diploma. So, what salary can you expect with an MBA? What is the average salary for MBA gradu-ates throughout the world ?

Studying for an MBA to increase your salary

Does an MBA help to increase your salary ? Yes, MBAs are well-known for helping graduates earn a much more attractive salary immediately after graduating. So, in France for example, the average gross salary of a fresh MBA graduate, i.e. with less than 12 months’ experience, ranges between an average of €32,000 and €38,000 a year, not counting bonuses.

MBA graduates with significant professional experience may expect a post-MBA gross salary ranging from €42,000 to €60,000 a year.

As for salary increases, MBA graduates generally obtain salary increases of 20% to 30% after their MBA course. Five years after graduating, this reaches 50%.

In the USA, recent research shows that the salary of MBA graduates increased by around 46%. Meaning that they report an average salary of $36,742 more than their colleagues without a diploma.

On top of salary increases, there are other ways of measuring your return on investment for an MBA. For example, 88% of graduates of the Global Executive MBA at KEDGE experienced personal change in the two years after graduating from the programme and 70% changed position while still studying for their MBA.

How does salary vary according to industry among MBA graduates ?

Here is a list of industries with the highest salary increases for MBA graduates, in decreasing order:

  • Agrifood industry: 65% increase (no MBA: $63,069 / post-MBA: $104,319)
  • Consulting firms: 54% increase (average salary without an MBA ; $86,187 / average salary post-MBA: $132,601)
  • Portfolio management: 47% (no MBA: $82,531 / post-MBA: $121,376)
  • Capital investment: 38% (no MBA: $98,393 / post-MBA: $136,132)
  • E-commerce and Internet: 43% (no MBA: $85,134 / post-MBA: $121,897)

Other lines of business such as retail or property also offer considerable increases in post-MBA salary. The average salary of an MBA graduate also varies according to their exact profession and position.

In which countries do MBA graduates earn the most ?

The salaries of part-time MBA students also vary according to the country they work in. Here are the top five post-MBA salaries worldwide (gross annual salary including bonuses, expressed in US dollars):

  • Australia: $133,100 
  • Switzerland: $129,700 
  • Denmark: $121,400 
  • UK: $106,100 
  • France and the USA tied: $98,300 

These countries rank next in terms of highest post-MBA salaries : Brazil $97,200, Germany $93,700, Spain $92,900 and Canada $91,600.

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