Updated August 18, 2021
Average Graduate Internship Salary
$68,000 yearly
$32.94 hourly

Entry level Salary
$40,000 yearly
$40,000
10 %
$68,000
Median
$117,000
90 %
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PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$117,000
$9,750
$56
75th Percentile
$90,000
$7,500
$43
Average
$68,524
$5,710
$33
25th Percentile
$51,000
$4,250
$25
10th Percentile
$40,000
$3,333
$19

Average Graduate Internship Salary By State

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Graduate Internship average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdescJob Countascdesc
Alabama
$33,251
$15.99
Alaska
$83,518
$40.15
Arizona
$69,338
$33.34
Arkansas
$30,731
$14.77
California
$91,042
$43.77
Colorado
$60,780
$29.22
Connecticut
$59,239
$28.48
Delaware
$52,332
$25.16
District of Columbia
$50,240
$24.15
Florida
$20,561
$9.89
Georgia
$31,405
$15.10
Hawaii
$84,922
$40.83
Idaho
$60,394
$29.04
Illinois
$73,633
$35.40
Indiana
$66,191
$31.82
Iowa
$55,827
$26.84
Kansas
$52,078
$25.04
Kentucky
$32,755
$15.75
Louisiana
$46,890
$22.54
Maine
$78,616
$37.80
Maryland
$69,125
$33.23
Massachusetts
$77,367
$37.20
Michigan
$47,707
$22.94
Minnesota
$69,773
$33.54
Mississippi
$51,273
$24.65
Missouri
$42,164
$20.27
Montana
$60,463
$29.07
Nebraska
$59,342
$28.53
Nevada
$64,895
$31.20
New Hampshire
$54,504
$26.20
New Jersey
$50,819
$24.43
New Mexico
$51,622
$24.82
New York
$58,128
$27.95
North Carolina
$40,066
$19.26
North Dakota
$60,444
$29.06
Ohio
$77,530
$37.27
Oklahoma
$40,248
$19.35
Oregon
$83,981
$40.38
Pennsylvania
$63,426
$30.49
Rhode Island
$52,464
$25.22
South Carolina
$49,362
$23.73
South Dakota
$55,945
$26.90
Tennessee
$37,215
$17.89
Texas
$61,989
$29.80
Utah
$73,056
$35.12
Vermont
$58,288
$28.02
Virginia
$68,172
$32.77
Washington
$114,656
$55.12
West Virginia
$59,445
$28.58
Wisconsin
$77,376
$37.20
Wyoming
$64,285
$30.91

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Highest Paying Cities For Graduate Internship

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Tacoma, WA
$117,086
$56.29
San Rafael, CA
$97,860
$47.05
Milwaukee, WI
$77,233
$37.13
Oak Park, IL
$74,273
$35.71
Yuma, AZ
$71,698
$34.47
Towson, MD
$69,831
$33.57

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How much does a Graduate Internship make?

  • The average graduate internship makes $68,524 in the United States.
  • The average hourly pay for a graduate internship is $32.94.
  • The average entry-level graduate internship salary is $40,000.
  • Highest paying states for graduate internship are Washington ($114,656), California ($91,042), Hawaii ($114,656) and Oregon ($114,656).
  • Highest paying cities for graduate internship are Tacoma, WA ($117,086), San Rafael, CA, Milwaukee, WI, Oak Park, IL and Yuma, AZ.
  • Graduate interns on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $40,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $117,000.
  • The best-paid 25% made $90,000 that year, while the lowest-paid 25$ made $51,000
  • Industries with the highest graduate internship salaries are health care, retail and education.

Average Graduate Internship Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $68,500
    $32.94
    +3.7%
    2020
    $66,000
    $31.73
    -5.5%
    2019
    $69,600
    $33.47
    +10.0%
    2018
    $62,600
    $30.12
    -2.5%
    2017
    $64,200
    $30.86
    +5.1%

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Teaching Fellow

    Avg. salary: $57,043

    An individual who works at an institution to foster the students' academic strive is known as a teaching fellow. They are known as a self-motivated and education-based counselor. They help to pursue a better career perspective in an individual's academic endeavors.
    22,024 Teaching Fellow Jobs
    Student Instructor

    Avg. salary: $40,523

    Typically, a Student Instructor engages students in learning the assignments, materials, pacing, resources, and activities. Student Instructors learn and enforce questioning and discussion strategies in promoting knowledge acquisition and student participation. Typically, they are studying at a graduate or college level. They eventually assume most responsibilities of teachers in the class like lesson planning, class management, and assessment.
    42,051 Student Instructor Jobs
    Graduate Research Student

    Avg. salary: $35,376

    Graduate research students are learners who conduct degree program-related research in a research unit or an academic department. These students manage themselves independently as well as their work. They make certain that they have familiarized the requirements of the university. Educators and other scholars expect them to develop enough research and skills. Their responsibilities include academic honesty, participation in supervisory meetings, and maintenance of effective supervisor communication. In terms of their research, they should have a research plan ahead.
    50,646 Graduate Research Student Jobs
    Clinical Externship

    Avg. salary: $39,140

    A clinical externship is a short medical student program directly mentored by professionals within their chosen career path in healthcare. Clinical externs work in various settings such as hospitals, a doctor's office, or clinics and work directly with patients to apply the knowledge and skills they acquired in the classroom. They will be graded and must pass the program to be able to graduate from medical school. Externs must request a letter of recommendation from their site supervisor when applying for jobs.
    63,653 Clinical Externship Jobs
    Community Health Internship

    Avg. salary: $34,670

    A community health intern is responsible for assisting the community staff with the health services and responsibilities for the citizens. Community health interns should help in identifying health opportunities, provide solutions for community health problems, and inform citizens of health issues. They also suggest programs promote a healthy environment, research and create reports on health education, and communicate with health departments for health services. A community health intern must have excellent communication and organizational skills, as well as time-management and the ability to multi-task to perform duties in a fast-paced environment under minimal supervision.
    87,991 Community Health Internship Jobs
    Graduate Researcher

    Avg. salary: $32,751

    A graduate researcher is responsible for supporting an educational institution's academic research processes. Graduate researchers assist in data gathering and performing in-depth analysis using research methodologies under the supervision of a research professor. In some cases, graduate researchers also conduct field investigations and analyze other research publications to verify data accuracy. They prepare reports, share recommendations, and keep an organized database for research records. A graduate researcher must have excellent communication skills, both written and oral, as this task requires interaction with the researchers and writing duties.
    19,285 Graduate Researcher Jobs
    Job TitleascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly RateascdescJob Openingsascdesc
    Teaching Fellow
    $57,044
    $4,754
    $27.42
    22,024
    Student Instructor
    $40,524
    $3,377
    $19.48
    42,051
    Graduate Research Student
    $35,377
    $2,948
    $17.01
    50,646
    Clinical Externship
    $39,141
    $3,262
    $18.82
    63,653
    Community Health Internship
    $34,671
    $2,889
    $16.67
    87,991
    Graduate Researcher
    $32,752
    $2,729
    $15.75
    19,285
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    Which Companies Pay Graduate Interns The Most?

    If you want to get paid the most as a graduate internship, being employed by a company such as Safeway or Walgreens would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Acme Markets and First American Financial also report highly competitive salaries for graduate interns.
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    Recently Added Graduate Internship Salaries

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    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Intel
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    08/31/2021
    $52,000
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    08/19/2021
    $39,600
    08/19/2021
    Texas A&M University-San Antonio
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    Cisneros Institute for Emerging Leaders, Graduate Intern
    San Antonio, TX
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    $41,740
    08/18/2021
    National Renewable Energy Laboratory
    Offshore Wind Modeling and Validation-Year-Round Graduate Intern
    Offshore Wind Modeling and Validation-Year-Round Graduate Intern
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    08/17/2021
    $39,600
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    Intel
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    San Jose, CA
    08/05/2021
    $52,000
    08/05/2021
    American Civil Liberties Union
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    Fall 2021 Graduate Intern, Affiliate Support & Nationwide Initiatives (Asni)-People and Management
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    08/05/2021
    $38,756
    08/05/2021
    City of Austin, Tx
    Internship-Undergraduate, Graduate & Post Graduate
    Internship-Undergraduate, Graduate & Post Graduate
    Austin, TX
    08/04/2021
    $31,305
    08/04/2021
    State of Nebraska
    Probation Graduate Intern (Juvenile)
    Probation Graduate Intern (Juvenile)
    Omaha, NE
    08/04/2021
    $32,724
    08/04/2021
    Nrel
    Year-Round Graduate Intern-Wind Turbine Aerodynamics
    Year-Round Graduate Intern-Wind Turbine Aerodynamics
    Boulder, CO
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    $39,600
    07/28/2021
    National Renewable Energy Laboratory
    Year-Round Graduate Intern-Wind Turbine Aerodynamics
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    07/27/2021
    $39,600
    07/27/2021

    Average Graduate Internship Salary by Demographic

    Graduate Internship Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $85,193
    female-income
    Female Income
    $74,159
    Genderascdesc
    Incomeascdesc
    Male$85,193
    Female$74,159
    Median Graduate Internship Income by Race
    Asian graduate interns have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. White graduate interns have the lowest average salary at $73,871.
    $85,000
    $68,000
    $51,000
    $34,000
    $17,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$73,871
    Black or African American$77,819
    Asian$84,828
    Hispanic or Latino$81,237
    Average Graduate Internship Salary by Education Level
    Graduate interns with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $93,666 annually. With a Bachelors degree, graduate interns earn a median annual income of $80,726 compared to $74,528 for graduate interns with an Associate degree.
    $95,000
    $76,000
    $57,000
    $38,000
    $19,000
    $0
    High School Diploma or Less
    Master's Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    High School Diploma or Less$74,159
    Master's Degree$93,666
    Bachelor's Degree$80,726
    Some College/ Associate Degree$74,528

    Graduate Internship FAQs

    What is a reasonable salary for an internship?

    A reasonable salary for an internship is typically around $15 an hour. However, this depends largely on industry and company. Fortunately, it is becoming less common for employers to have unpaid internships, so a person should find a paid internship regardless of their field.

    The average hourly wage rate for a bachelor's degree intern is about $15 to $16. Generally, the closer to the terminal degree, the higher the internship wage. A college senior, for example, averages more than a student who just completed the freshman year: $18 versus $14 per hour.

    The industry also influences what is to be expected in salary for an internship. Tech and finance industries typically pay much higher and offer added benefits to entice the best students available. This is partly because they intend to hire from their pool of interns and are willing to pay more to ensure good hiring prospects.

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