Top Liberal Arts Colleges By Salary Potential

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Graduates of the top liberal arts colleges get into a variety of careers. From poet laureate to state senator, a liberal arts education broadens your mind and job possibilities. And, some of the best liberal arts colleges also help you bring home more cash. Which ones? Use our list of top liberal arts colleges by salary potential.

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 Pay Mid-Career Median Pay
Harvey Mudd College $68,900 $126,000
Colgate University $48,700 $119,000
Bucknell University $55,800 $115,000
Lafayette College $54,800 $107,000
Washington and Lee University $50,300 $107,000
Swarthmore College $52,400 $106,000
Williams College $49,900 $106,000
College of the Holy Cross $46,700 $106,000
Carleton College $42,300 $105,000
Claremont McKenna College $58,700 $104,000
Bowdoin College $45,300 $103,000
Amherst College $51,800 $102,000
Haverford College $39,500 $102,000
Davidson College $42,100 $101,000
Union College, New York $46,400 $99,900
Bates College $45,400 $99,800
Dickinson College $45,900 $99,100
Pomona College $44,600 $98,100
Hendrix College $40,100 $97,500
Hobart William Smith Colleges $42,200 $97,300
Wesleyan University (Middletown, Connecticut) $46,700 $96,100
Hampden-Sydney College $49,800 $95,200
Middlebury College $45,500 $93,600
Colby College $43,000 $93,000
Rhodes College $41,200 $92,700
Kenyon College $40,600 $92,500
Trinity College $46,500 $90,600
Gettysburg College $43,200 $90,100
Ohio Wesleyan University (OWU) $38,300 $90,100
Occidental College $42,300 $90,000
Westmont College $37,600 $89,900
Denison University $38,700 $89,400
Merrimack College $43,300 $89,100
Lawrence University $36,900 $88,300
Siena College $44,100 $87,700
Colorado College (CC) $40,400 $87,100
Saint Anselm College $45,700 $87,000
Allegheny College $38,900 $86,900
University of Richmond $48,500 $86,300
Connecticut College $43,200 $86,300
Reed College $38,400 $86,100
Mount Holyoke College $41,400 $85,800
DePauw University $43,500 $85,600
Wheaton College, Massachusetts $42,300 $85,500
Muhlenberg College $43,900 $85,000
St. Lawrence University $41,600 $85,000
Macalester College $43,400 $84,600
Wellesley College $41,900 $84,600
William Jewell College $47,100 $84,000
Millsaps College $42,900 $83,900
Albion College $36,600 $83,600
Stonehill College $43,300 $83,400
Vassar College $43,000 $83,200
University of Puget Sound $44,500 $82,800
Wheaton College, Illinois $39,900 $82,700
Ursinus College $40,700 $82,600
Franklin and Marshall College $47,500 $82,500
Whitman College $39,700 $82,000
Gustavus Adolphus College $41,400 $81,300
Randolph-Macon College $41,400 $80,800
Oberlin College $40,500 $80,800
St. Olaf College $41,400 $80,400
Hillsdale College $37,000 $79,600
Grinnell College $40,900 $78,600
Willamette University $37,300 $78,200
Transylvania University $38,600 $78,000
Grove City College $46,200 $77,600
The College of Wooster $37,700 $77,400
Gordon College, Massachusetts $36,000 $77,400
Smith College $42,100 $77,300
Central College $38,000 $76,300
Furman University $40,300 $76,200
McDaniel College $39,700 $76,000
Hamilton College $45,600 $75,500
College of St Benedict $40,900 $75,400
Southwestern University $42,600 $75,300
Excelsior College $52,500 $75,000
Barnard College - Columbia University $43,800 $75,000
Wofford College $33,200 $75,000
Earlham College $35,800 $74,700
Morehouse College $43,000 $74,200
Beloit College $38,500 $74,200
Concordia College, Moorehead, Minnesota $39,700 $74,100
Lewis & Clark College $36,500 $74,100
Coe College $40,600 $74,000
Skidmore College $39,500 $74,000
Hiram College $39,000 $73,600
Susquehanna University $43,500 $73,500
Austin College $37,600 $73,500
Goucher College $39,200 $73,200
Calvin College $40,500 $73,100
Bryn Mawr College $41,900 $72,900
Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU) $41,900 $72,500
Ripon College $39,000 $72,500
Augustana College, Illinois $41,200 $72,400
Mount Union College $36,600 $72,400
Sarah Lawrence College $38,600 $72,100
Juniata College $46,000 $72,000
Linfield College $44,800 $71,700
Lycoming College $36,400 $71,700
Cornell College $37,700 $71,500
Berry College $36,300 $71,300
Texas Lutheran University $37,800 $71,200
Whittier College $40,800 $70,700
Wittenberg University $37,200 $70,400
Bloomfield College $40,200 $70,100
Ferrum College $37,200 $70,000
Washington College (Maryland) $41,500 $69,600
Hartwick College $41,000 $69,600
Westminster College, Pennsylvania $36,300 $69,600
Kalamazoo College $38,200 $69,500
Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary $40,500 $69,400
Franklin Pierce University $41,300 $69,200
Hope College $39,400 $69,000
Simpson College $37,100 $69,000
Luther College $39,300 $68,300
Drew University $42,600 $68,000
Eckerd College $41,200 $67,800
Knox College $39,500 $67,700
Pitzer College $39,500 $67,600
Millikin University $40,500 $67,400
West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) $33,900 $67,300
Alma College $34,600 $67,100
Spelman College $38,800 $67,000
Guilford College $34,200 $65,600
Clarke College $37,600 $65,500
Roanoke College $39,500 $65,100
Albertus Magnus College $45,200 $64,700
Monmouth College $38,000 $64,400
Carroll College, Montana $38,600 $64,000
Thomas Aquinas College $35,900 $63,800
Albright College $34,200 $63,200
Marymount Manhattan College $43,800 $62,500
Thiel College $38,200 $62,500
Nebraska Wesleyan University (NWU) $39,400 $62,400
Birmingham Southern College $40,900 $62,300
Baker University $39,800 $61,200
Washington & Jefferson College $37,100 $60,800
St. Mary's College, Indiana $39,900 $59,400
Hastings College $34,700 $57,700
Houghton College $36,000 $57,100
Cedar Crest College $41,800 $56,900
Wingate University $33,300 $56,300
Carson Newman College $33,200 $55,000
Virginia Wesleyan College (VWC) $35,900 $54,700
Meredith College $35,100 $54,200
Wartburg College $38,200 $52,400
Berea College $33,200 $52,400
Bridgewater College $35,600 $51,900
Huntingdon College $30,100 $51,600
Evangel University $33,500 $50,200
Asbury College $33,900 $47,300
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.
 
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