Top Liberal Arts Colleges By Salary Potential

top liberal arts colleges
From poetry to politics, a liberal arts education broadens your mind and prepares you for a variety of careers. Would you like your career to also be high-paying? Use our list of top liberal arts colleges by salary potential, as reported by PayScale users.

Methodology
Annual pay for Bachelors graduates without higher degrees. Typical starting graduates have 2 years of experience; mid-career have 15 years. See full methodology for more.

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Top Liberal Arts Colleges By Salary Potential - Full List
Top Liberal Arts Colleges Starting Median Salary Mid-Career Median Salary
Colgate University $51,900 $122,000
Bucknell University $56,100 $116,000
Swarthmore College $55,900 $110,000
Amherst College $54,900 $109,000
Haverford College $46,200 $109,000
Bowdoin College $52,700 $106,000
Lafayette College $53,700 $106,000
Dickinson College $44,000 $105,000
Carleton College $45,400 $104,000
Washington and Lee University $51,800 $104,000
College of the Holy Cross $46,600 $104,000
Davidson College $45,800 $103,000
Williams College $49,400 $103,000
Claremont McKenna College $58,300 $102,000
Bates College $46,400 $101,000
Middlebury College $45,000 $99,200
Pomona College $50,500 $97,500
Loyola College in Maryland $45,000 $97,300
Union College (NY) $47,000 $97,100
Connecticut College $42,500 $96,800
Occidental College $45,300 $95,700
Wesleyan University (Middletown, Connecticut) $46,300 $95,700
Franklin and Marshall College $49,300 $91,900
Kenyon College $39,800 $90,300
Colorado College (CC) $42,400 $90,200
Trinity College $49,100 $89,900
Mount Holyoke College $42,100 $89,600
Saint Mary's College of California $49,100 $89,600
University of Redlands $47,700 $89,200
Ohio Wesleyan University (OWU) $38,400 $89,000
University of Richmond $48,900 $88,700
Wellesley College $43,100 $88,300
Gettysburg College $42,400 $87,800
Siena College $44,200 $87,400
Vassar College $45,000 $87,200
Saint Mary's College of Maryland $46,500 $86,100
Merrimack College $49,100 $85,300
Stonehill College $44,400 $85,100
Rhodes College $46,900 $85,100
University of Puget Sound $44,400 $84,900
American University, Washington D.C. $45,400 $84,700
Macalester College $43,900 $84,400
Gustavus Adolphus College $45,500 $84,300
Denison University $40,700 $84,000
Wheaton College $41,800 $83,400
Butler University $42,900 $83,100
Allegheny College $38,800 $83,000
St. Olaf College $45,900 $82,700
Randolph-Macon College $42,100 $82,600
Augsburg College $46,500 $81,800
Chapman University $42,000 $81,600
Ursinus College $39,700 $81,300
Colby College $44,500 $80,600
Reed College $39,800 $79,900
Grove City College $47,300 $79,800
Kean College $42,400 $78,400
Beloit College $37,700 $78,200
College of St Benedict $41,400 $78,100
Assumption College $45,100 $78,100
Hawaii Pacific University $41,700 $77,900
Whitman College $41,900 $77,800
Smith College $44,700 $77,700
Oberlin College $42,400 $77,300
Mount St. Mary's College $47,000 $77,100
University of Evansville $43,500 $77,000
Liberty University $39,700 $76,900
Skidmore College $41,900 $76,500
Loyola University of Chicago $43,500 $76,400
Westminster College - Salt Lake City, UT $43,000 $76,100
DePauw University $41,900 $75,900
Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU) $44,300 $75,400
North Central College $41,300 $75,200
Linfield College $45,700 $75,100
Abilene Christian University $42,800 $75,100
Hamilton College $49,600 $75,000
Brooklyn College $42,300 $75,000
Salve Regina University $47,200 $74,500
Juniata College $46,600 $74,100
Willamette University $39,800 $74,000
Lipscomb University $40,200 $73,900
Southwestern University $44,200 $73,900
Furman University $39,400 $73,600
DeSales University $40,300 $73,500
Grinnell College $43,200 $73,400
Moravian College $41,700 $73,100
Midwestern State University (MSU) $43,800 $72,800
Augustana College $42,000 $72,700
Pacific Lutheran University $43,800 $72,400
Aurora University $40,600 $71,700
Thomas Aquinas College $37,900 $71,000
Keene State College $38,700 $70,700
Calvin College $38,900 $70,500
Clarke College $41,400 $70,500
Goucher College $41,600 $70,400
Taylor University $39,400 $70,400
Metropolitan State College of Denver (MSCD) $41,400 $70,400
Eckerd College $41,800 $70,200
Luther College $38,000 $69,900
Susquehanna University $46,600 $69,900
Benedictine University $42,700 $69,800
Point Park College $37,300 $69,600
Hope College $38,400 $69,400
Baldwin-Wallace College $40,900 $69,300
Bloomfield College $41,200 $68,900
Maryville University $40,500 $68,600
Lycoming College $36,600 $68,300
Viterbo University $38,800 $68,100
York College $42,500 $67,900
Capital University $36,000 $67,600
Fort Lewis College $43,100 $67,400
Mount Union College $35,500 $67,300
Missouri Western State College $37,900 $67,200
Grand Valley State University $38,200 $66,800
Truman State University $40,100 $66,700
Franklin Pierce College $42,100 $66,500
Evergreen State College $40,600 $66,400
Wilmington College $39,700 $66,200
Mercyhurst College $39,300 $65,400
West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) $34,200 $65,300
St. Ambrose University $35,200 $64,100
Carroll College $42,100 $63,400
Bridgewater State College $40,400 $63,300
Empire State College $40,100 $62,300
Rollins College $38,200 $62,200
Lindenwood University $36,300 $61,700
Campbell University $37,700 $61,700
Winthrop University $36,600 $60,500
Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) $40,900 $60,300
Southern Nazarene University $39,900 $60,100
North Carolina Central University $35,600 $59,900
Barton College $32,300 $59,600
Malone College $39,500 $59,200
Trinity Christian College $36,100 $58,800
University of Indianapolis $38,000 $58,800
Drury University $39,900 $58,700
Lenoir-Rhyne College $38,600 $58,100
Gardner-Webb University $32,700 $57,200
College of Mount St. Joseph $35,600 $56,700
Friends University $36,200 $55,400
College of the Ozarks $31,900 $54,900
Southern Wesleyan University (SWU) $34,200 $54,500
Berea College $33,600 $53,100
Meredith College $33,900 $50,800
Shaw University $39,000 $50,400
Methodology
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.