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Best Northeastern Colleges in the US By Salary Potential

Many high school graduates aspire to attend some of the well-respected northeastern colleges such as Harvard, Yale, Princeton and MIT, to name a few. But, how do these schools stack up in terms of salary potential down the road? What college graduates end up earning depends quite a bit on their field of study and own personal ambition, but some schools tend to generate a higher percentage of graduates that see significant financial success in terms of compensation. Here's the list of best colleges in the northeastern US by salary potential, as reported by PayScale.

Annual pay for Bachelors graduates without higher degrees. Typical starting graduates have 3 years of experience; mid-career have 15.5 years. See full methodology for more.

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Best Northeastern Colleges in the US By Salary Potential - Full List
Northeastern CollegesStarting Median SalaryMid-Career Median Salary
Dartmouth College$58,000$134,000
Princeton University$66,500$131,000
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)$72,200$126,000
Yale University$59,100$126,000
Harvard University$63,400$124,000
University of Pennsylvania$60,900$120,000
Polytechnic University of New York, Brooklyn$62,400$114,000
Cooper Union$62,200$114,000
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)$61,000$114,000
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)$61,800$111,000
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)$61,100$110,000
Cornell University$60,300$110,000
Bucknell University$54,100$110,000
Brown University$56,200$109,000
Colgate University$52,800$108,000
Columbia University$59,400$107,000
Amherst College$54,500$107,000
Lafayette College$53,900$107,000
Bowdoin College$48,100$107,000
College of the Holy Cross$50,200$106,000
Stevens Institute of Technology$60,600$105,000
Lehigh University$59,200$105,000
Swarthmore College$49,700$104,000
Boston College$52,700$103,000
Williams College$51,700$102,000
Villanova University$55,800$101,000
Fordham University$47,800$99,900
Wesleyan University (Middletown, Connecticut)$46,500$97,900
Wentworth Institute of Technology$53,000$96,700
Bates College$47,300$96,500
Binghamton University$53,600$95,900
Union College$47,200$95,800
New York University (NYU)$50,300$95,600
Vassar College$46,000$94,600
Middlebury College$47,700$94,200
Mount Holyoke College$42,400$94,200
Boston University$49,000$93,900
Drexel University$53,400$93,500
St. John's University, New York$48,000$93,400
Long Island University$47,300$93,200
Stony Brook University$49,500$93,000
Franklin and Marshall College$49,100$92,800
Hofstra University$46,800$92,700
State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany$44,500$92,200
Rutgers University$50,300$91,800
Pratt Institute$43,800$89,900
Pace University$53,200$89,700
Seton Hall University$48,900$89,200
Rider University$43,600$88,900
University of Connecticut (UConn)$48,000$88,800
Providence College$48,000$88,600
University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Amherst$46,600$88,200
Ithaca College$42,700$87,400
University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Lowell$45,400$86,600
Northeastern University$50,500$86,400
Syracuse University$45,700$85,900
Colby College$46,400$85,800
Gettysburg College$44,700$85,800
Pennsylvania State University (PSU)$49,900$85,700
University of Rhode Island (URI)$43,900$85,300
Siena College$45,500$85,200
La Salle University (Philadelphia)$43,400$84,700
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)$48,900$84,600
Duquesne University$40,700$84,400
State University of New York (SUNY) at Farmingdale$47,300$84,200
Smith College$44,000$83,900
Hamilton College$49,200$83,700
Wellesley College$42,800$83,500
Widener University$52,900$83,400
University of New Haven$44,400$82,900
Dowling College$41,100$82,800
University of Vermont (UVM)$44,800$82,700
State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo$46,200$81,700
State University of New York (SUNY) at Geneseo$42,300$81,300
Fashion Institute of Technology$42,800$81,000
Philadelphia University$45,100$80,300
Ursinus College$42,100$80,000
Adelphi University$40,600$79,200
Juniata College$41,800$78,900
Fairleigh Dickinson University$45,700$78,700
University of New Hampshire (UNH)$41,800$78,300
University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Boston$45,600$78,200
State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego$38,000$77,800
University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Dartmouth$43,200$77,700
State University of New York (SUNY) at Oneonta$37,500$76,700
Quinnipiac University$43,000$76,500
State University of New York (SUNY) at Plattsburgh$40,800$76,200
Sacred Heart University$46,000$75,300
Skidmore College$41,600$74,600
Moravian College$42,500$74,400
Penn State - Harrisburg$45,700$74,000
Suffolk University$42,100$74,000
Fitchburg State College$42,400$72,600
Roger Williams University$42,000$72,300
University Of Maine$41,200$72,100
State University of New York (SUNY) at Potsdam$38,000$70,300
Niagara University$36,900$69,700
State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia$37,800$66,200
University of Southern Maine$39,400$63,600
Mercy College$43,700$62,600
This chart is based upon PayScale Salary Survey data for Bachelors graduates without higher degrees who are full-time employees in the United States. These results may not represent all attendees of these colleges. Salary is the sum of compensation from base salary, bonuses, profit sharing, commissions, and overtime, if applicable, but does not include equity (stock) compensation. See full methodology for more.