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INSEAD MBA Jobs & Salary Review

Which companies hire MBAs from INSEAD? How much do INSEAD MBAs earn? Find out in our INSEAD MBA Jobs & Salary Review

Fri May 24 2024

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The MBA program at INSEAD is a top choice for professionals who want an international learning experience.

The 10-month full-time program is ranked second in the world by the Financial Times and offers students the chance to learn on campuses in Europe, Asia, America, and the Middle East.

They do this alongside an internationally diverse cohort: A typical class hosts students of 110 different nationalities. MBAs can even complete exchange programs with other top schools like Wharton, Kellogg School of Management, and CEIBS.

But how do postgraduate job opportunities stack up to this international education? Where do INSEAD MBA grads work? Which companies hire INSEAD MBA graduates? And what's the average INSEAD MBA salary?


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Most popular industries for INSEAD MBAs


Job prospects for INSEAD MBA grads are strong straight out of the gate. A massive 88% reported having received at least one job offer three months after graduation.

INSEAD is an especially strong choice for professionals looking to secure roles in classic MBA industries like consulting and financial services.

Almost half of MBA grads in the class of 2023—44%—landed jobs in management consulting when they graduated, and a further 10% headed into financial services roles.

However, INSEAD is not quite as strong for placing students in the other classic MBA career: tech. The number of INSEAD MBA grads going into technology, media, and telecommunications has fallen this year to just 8% compared to 23% in 2020.

A further 13% of graduates enter roles in corporate services, and 4% are recruited into company leadership programs.

4% of the class of 2023 went on to found their own company post-MBA.


INSEAD MBA: Most Popular Industries


Companies hiring INSEAD MBAs


For MBAs entering consulting, the “big three” consulting firms to aim for are Bain & Company, Boston Consulting Group, and McKinsey & Company, all of which are top employers at INSEAD. Grads also joined consultancies including Strategy&, Accenture and Roland Berger.

In finance, grads are most likely to be hired by Morgan Stanley. Other top employers include Amazon, Eli Lilly and Company, and Amphenol.

The business school’s career services are pivotal to securing these outcomes for students. 21% of graduates from the January intake of the MBA found their post-MBA jobs through summer internships facilitated by the business school.


Average INSEAD MBA salary


As a top-ranked MBA program, it should come as no surprise that INSEAD grads have impressive salary prospects.

The overall annual mean salary for MBA grads in 2023 was $119,300. When it comes to signing bonuses, INSEAD MBAs have equally good prospects. The median signing bonus was $30,000 in 2023, while the median performance bonus sat at $26,400.

Management consulting is the highest paying industry for INSEAD MBAs, offering a mean salary of $124,400. 

If you pursue a financial services role you can expect to earn an average of $110,900. Similarly, in tech, media, and telecommunications, INSEAD MBAs can earn $109,300, and those in corporate sectors earn an average of $112,700.


INSEAD MBA: Average Graduate Salary By Region


INSEAD MBA career destinations


INSEAD MBA graduates have found work all across the globe.

Most remain in Europe, with the majority (36%) taking up roles in Northern and Western Europe, and a further 2% joining companies in Eastern Europe.

9% of INSEAD MBA graduates took positions in North America, 5% in South America, and 18% in Africa and the Middle East. After Europe, the Asia Pacific region was most popular among grads, with 22% finding jobs in the region—unsurprising given INSEAD’s Singapore campus. 


INSEAD MBA success story


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Johannes Anjris, Aarthi MC, Laura Rivera Ortiz, Trusha Chanda, Edward Tsim, (above) and Anna Miklas are among the growing number of INSEAD graduates who chose to launch a startup during their MBA.

The team’s company, Out of Office Spaces, connects remote workers with empty hotel spaces to help them work safely and productively. The idea was sparked by the pandemic, when Anna was struggling to study remotely, and on the verge of booking a hotel room to give herself some peace and quiet.

The idea took home the prize at INSEAD’s COVID-19 Innovation Competition, along with the title of BusinessBecause MBA Startup of 2021

Since then, the Out of Office team has continued to grow the startup, with support and mentorship from INSEAD faculty. 

“Now is a very exciting period,” says Anna. “We launched our operations in the UK early in September working with hotels in central London.” 


Who is the INSEAD MBA for?


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INSEAD provides excellent opportunities for MBAs looking to make an impact—particularly in tech, consulting, or finance. If you want to join a truly international business school with a far reach for prospective employment, INSEAD is for you.

Getting into the MBA at INSEAD means attending the best-ranked business school in Europe and Asia, known for its entrepreneurial flair. There are great employers all over the world taking on INSEAD MBA grads.

If you are looking to move your career to Asia or Western Europe in particular, INSEAD is a great place to hone your skills, build lasting connections, and become a leader in the field of your choosing.

So, what does it take to get accepted into the INSEAD MBA? Find out in our INSEAD MBA Application Insider.

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The data in this article is sourced from the INSEAD MBA class of 2023 careers report.

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