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What Do Students Do With an ILR Degree?

Students who earn a degree from the ILR School develop diverse transferrable skills and engage in a wide variety of experiences after graduation, including corporate HR, labor relations, labor, government, law, non-profit, consulting, and financial services.

Results are available from the most recent surveys of postgraduate activities of Bachelor's Degree recipients and of Master's Degree recipients, showing starting salaries, geographic locations of first jobs, job titles and employers, sectors of the economy into which our graduates were hired, and other information.

In 2019, 80% of the students graduating from the Bachelor's program went directly into the workforce, at a mean starting salary of $65.353. 14% of the class went directly into graduate studies, with 11% going to law school and 3% pursuing other graduate programs. From the Master's (MILR) program, 98% went into employment, at a mean starting salary of $85,785. Please refer to the details in the below reports. 


2019 BSILR Graduates by Industry

Percentage Industry Mean Salary Salary Range
28% Financial Services $74,731 $50,000-$110,000
19% Consulting/Professional Practice $70,683 $42,900-$90,000
13%  Technology $64,889 $41,600-$104,000
9% Law $49,100 $40,000-$55,000
7% Manufacturing $66,393 $55,000-76,000
5% Retail $65,272  $55,000-$89,450
3% Communications/Media $36,760 $33,000-$44,000
2% Real Estate $62,500 $60,000-$65,000
2% Labor Movement $58,998 $31,992-$90,000
2% Insurance $58,750 $55,000-$60,000
2% Other Business (Ag, Architecture/Design/Construction, Sports, Art) $52,320 $30,000-$73,000
2% Government * *
2% Nonprofit $37,067 $18,200-$53,000
2% Education $33,050 $18,600-$48,000
1% Not Reported * *

2019 BSILR Graduates by Occupation

Percentage Occupation Mean Salary
24% Human Resources/Labor Relations $66,466 
19% Financial Services $78,263 
15% Business Management $63,073
11% Management Consulting $70,267 
8% HR Consulting $71,462 
8% Paralegal/Legal Assistant  $49,036 
3% Business Development/Sales $57,250 
3% Marketing & Communications $33,275 
2% Labor Organizing/Research  $48,664 
2% Other (Entertainment, Research) $42,720 
2% Education/Non Profit $21,100 
1% Political Campaigns *
1% Not Reported *



Adobe Systems
Aetna, Inc.
Agile Resources
AlphaSights Ltd.
AMS Models and Talent
Arcia & Associates, P.C.
Atlas Talent Agency
Ayco, A Goldman Sachs Company
Baker Hughes Company, a GE Company
Baker Tilly
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
BMO Financial Group
BNY Mellon
Boeing Company (The)
Brooks Brothers
Cameron Koffman for State Assembly
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)
Capital One
Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services
Center for Community Solutions
Cisco Systems
City Year
Cognitive Consulting
Cornell University
Cornerstone Research
Corning Incorporated
Creo Capital Advisors, LLC
Criterion Management, LLC
Cummins, Inc.
CVS Health
D. E. Shaw & Co.
Deloitte Consulting
Denver Public Schools
Deutsche Bank
Distinguished Programs
Dominium Apartments
Epic Systems
Estée Lauder Companies, Inc. (The)
EY (Ernst & Young)
FactSet Research Systems
Fair Pattern
FC Dallas
GE Aviation
General Dynamics Corporation
Georgia-Pacific LLC
Gibney Anthony & Flaherty, LLP
Goldman Sachs
Greenspoon Marder LLP
Harry Van Arsdale Memorial Association
Hogan Lovells LLP
Holland & Knight
Houlihan Lokey
Human Capital
Integra MLTC
Jefferies LLC
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Kalypso LP
Karen Pearse Global Direct
Kirkland & Ellis
Kraft Heinz
Laborers International Union of North America
Law Offices of Robert B. Jobe
Lionsgate Films
Lockheed Martin
M&T Bank
Macquarie Capital
McDermott Will & Emery
McKinsey & Company
McMaster-Carr Supply Company
Morgan Stanley
National Nurses United
New York City Hedge Fund
New York Medical College
Oracle Corporation
Pacific Maritime Association
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Pivotal Software, Inc.
Presidential Campaign of Senator Cory Booker
Procter & Gamble
Proskauer Rose LLP
Related Companies
Ropes & Gray LLP
Ruder Finn
Segal Company
Seurat Group
Shepherd, Finkelman, Miller, and Shah, LLP
Solidarity Center AFL-CIO
Stanford University
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Texas Literacy Coalition
Ton Duc Thang University
Tramontina USA, Inc.
Vera Institute of Justice
Visa, Inc.
Visum Development
Walmart eCommerce
Wavestone Consulting
Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP
Wigdor, LLP
Willis Towers Watson


Law Schools Attended

  • American University Washington College of Law
  • Boston University School of Law
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • Cornell Law School
  • Georgetown Law
  • New York University School of Law
  • St. John's University School of Law
  • Stanford Law School
  • Temple University Beasley School of Law
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law
  • Sturm College of Law of University of Denver
  • University of Florida Levin College of Law
  • University of Miami School of Law
  • University of Michigan Law School
  • University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
  • University of Southern California Gould School of Law
  • Vanderbilt University Law School

Graduate Schools Attended

  • Harvard Graduate School of Education (Ed.M.)
  • Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (MA, Social Statistics)
  • Cornell SC Johnson College of Business (MBA)
  • Cornell SC Johnson College of Business (MPS, Applied Economics)
  • Wake Forest University School of Business (MS, Management) 
  • University College London (MSc, Infomration Science)
  • University of Notre Dame College of Arts & Letters (PhD, Sociology)


Salary Data

Degree Class Year Mean
BSILR 2019 $65,353 
MILR 2019 $89,429
MILR/MBA 2019 $119,200


2019 MILR Graduates by Industry*

Percentage Industry Mean Salary
7% Consumer Packaged Goods $78,000
20% Manufacturing $82,767
23% Tech $83,677
10% Biotech/Pharmaceuticals/Healthcare $87,900
9% Consulting $90,667
6% Insurance $92,000
12% Social & Government Sectors $94,000
9% Financial Services $101,000

*Industry averages represent combined data for 2018-2019 classes