Top Private Research Universities By Salary Potential

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There are plenty of reasons to choose a large private research university. Maybe you want to attend your parent's alma mater, you like smaller class sizes or the curriculum supports your particular religious beliefs. Whatever your reason, it's smart to compare the salary you could earn from each of your favorites once you graduate. See PayScale's list of top private universities 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 Private Research Universities By Salary Potential - Full List
Top Private Research Universities Starting Median Pay Mid-Career Median Pay
Princeton University $58,900 $123,000
Dartmouth College $54,100 $123,000
Harvard University $57,300 $121,000
California Institute of Technology (Caltech) $69,900 $120,000
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) $68,300 $119,000
Stanford University $60,200 $119,000
Duke University $55,300 $117,000
University of Notre Dame $54,100 $112,000
Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) $62,100 $111,000
University of Pennsylvania $59,600 $111,000
Lehigh University $56,400 $111,000
Yale University $52,600 $110,000
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) $60,600 $109,000
Brown University $49,400 $109,000
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) $62,400 $108,000
Cornell University $57,500 $106,000
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) $60,900 $104,000
Georgetown University $52,500 $104,000
Vanderbilt University $52,000 $104,000
Stevens Institute of Technology $58,700 $100,000
Rice University $53,600 $100,000
University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA $51,600 $100,000
University Of Chicago $50,000 $100,000
Columbia University $54,300 $99,700
Clarkson University $57,200 $99,600
University of Southern California (USC) $50,300 $99,400
Case Western Reserve University $54,600 $98,600
Wake Forest University $46,600 $97,500
Boston College $49,200 $96,800
Tufts University $49,900 $96,400
Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) $54,900 $96,300
Fordham University $44,100 $96,200
St. John's University, New York $46,500 $95,100
Drexel University $52,500 $94,000
George Washington University (GWU) $48,500 $93,500
Pacific University $50,500 $93,200
Tulane University $45,300 $92,200
Northwestern University $49,000 $91,900
Washington University In St. Louis $52,100 $91,400
Johns Hopkins University $57,900 $90,100
Emory University $47,500 $90,000
Northeastern University $49,600 $89,200
Adelphi University $48,000 $89,100
Pace University $50,000 $89,000
Southern Methodist University (SMU) $47,500 $88,900
New York University (NYU) $48,200 $88,800
Boston University $46,900 $88,800
University of Dayton $45,300 $88,200
University of San Francisco (USF) $51,500 $87,100
Hofstra University $49,400 $87,100
Pepperdine University $46,700 $86,600
American University, Washington D.C. $43,000 $86,600
Baylor University $45,400 $86,200
Brigham Young University (BYU) $48,100 $85,900
Long Island University $41,500 $85,000
Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech) $50,700 $84,500
University of Rochester $48,000 $84,500
Syracuse University $45,100 $84,200
DePaul University $43,900 $83,900
Seton Hall University $46,800 $83,800
University of Denver $42,600 $83,700
University of San Diego (USD) $44,500 $83,500
Marquette University $46,100 $83,100
Widener University $52,000 $82,500
University of Tulsa $44,000 $82,500
University of Hartford $41,300 $82,300
Samford University $35,000 $80,400
University of Miami (UM) $47,400 $79,900
University of Bridgeport (UB) $42,800 $79,900
Duquesne University $43,300 $79,600
Loyola University of Chicago $41,900 $79,300
Clark University $40,200 $78,700
Texas Christian University (TCU) $45,200 $78,200
University of La Verne $42,400 $77,800
Howard University $49,000 $77,500
Brandeis University $47,100 $77,500
Saint Louis University (SLU) $45,300 $77,500
University of St. Thomas, Minnesota $45,000 $77,400
Catholic University of America $45,500 $75,900
Biola University $38,700 $73,900
Capella University $43,400 $70,800
Nova Southeastern University $43,100 $69,400
Azusa Pacific University $39,200 $67,100
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota $45,900 $66,900
Barry University $45,000 $64,900
Wilmington College $38,000 $64,200
Andrews University $39,800 $62,000
Immaculata University $48,900 $61,200
Clark Atlanta University (CAU) $38,700 $59,600
Trevecca Nazarene University $38,700 $59,300
George Fox University $42,100 $58,400
Oral Roberts University (ORU) $36,900 $56,300
Spalding University $42,100 $53,900
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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