Postgraduate Information

What Can You Do With an ILR Degree?

What do ILR students do after graduation? There are many job and career field options available to those who earn a degree from the ILR School, 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 2018, 79% of the students graduating from the Bachelor's program went directly into the workforce, at a mean starting salary of $62,995. 14% of the class went directly into graduate studies, with 9% going to law school and 5% 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.

ILR Graduates at a Glance

  • 93%Employed or in graduate school after graduation
  • $62,995Mean starting salary
  • 98%MILR graduates employed after graduation
  • $85,785MILR mean starting salary
  • 61%Jobs found through ILR Career Services
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Reports and Stats

2018 BSILR Graduates by Industry

 
Percentage Industry Mean Salary
23% Financial Services $72,334
22% Consulting/Professional Practice Manufacturing $66,566
13%  Technology $63,665
6% Education $47,217
6% Labor $54,576
6% Law $46,167
3% Insurance $61,560
3% Real Estate *
3% Other Business (Agriculture, Research firm, Construction, Health/Wellness, Hospitality)  *
2% Consumer Packaged Goods *
2% E-Commerce *
2% Government *
2% Nonprofit *
2% Retail *
1% Hospital/Healthcare *
1% Sports *

2018 BSILR Graduates by Occupation

 
Percentage Occupation Mean Salary
23% Human Resources/Labor Relations $63,691
15% Financial Services $76,368
14% Business $66,095
10% Management Consulting $71,263
8% Paralegal/Legal Assistant $50,133
6% Labor Organizing/Research $54,153
5% Education $42,167
5% Business Development/Sales $47,925
5% HR Consulting $69,944
4% Policy/Research $57,571
2% Administrative Support *
2% Marketing *
2% Public Service/Nonprofit *
1% Entrepreneurial Venture *

Continue on to Law School

  • American University
  • Washington College of Law
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • Columbia Law School
  • Cornell Law School
  • Georgetown Law
  • Syracuse University College of Law
  • UC Hastings College of the Law
  • University of California, Irvine School of Law
  • University of Chicago Law School
  • University of Michigan Law School
  • University of Richmond School of Law
  • USC Gould School of Law
  • University of Virginia School of Law
  • Yale Law School

Continue on to Graduate School

  • Augusta State University (MA, Intelligence and Security Studies)
  • Baylor University, (MA Communication Studies)
  • Columbia Journalism School (MS)
  • Cornell University MPS, Information Science,
  • Cornell Information Science
  • Cornell SC Johnson College of Business (MPS, Accounting)
  • Cornell SC Johnson College of Business (MBA)
  • Drexel University School of Education (MS)
  • University College London (MSc, Global Governance & Ethics)
  • University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business (MAcc)
  • Yale School of Public Health (MPH)

2018 MILR Graduates by Industry

 
Percentage Industry Mean Salary
23% Technology $80,030
19% Manufacturing $82,400
12%  Biotech/Pharmaceuticals/Life Sciences $88,033
8% Consulting/Professional Practice $87,000
8% Consumer Packaged Goods $71,667
8% Financial Services $106,667
8% Insurance $91,250
8% Other Nonprofit Organization $88,667
4% Education *
2% Government *
2% Retail *

* fewer than three students reported salaries

Reports