Best Northeastern Colleges in the US By Salary Potential

Best Northeastern Colleges
Amidst the falling leaves and historical hamlets of the Northeast sit an impressive collection of Ivies, small liberal arts colleges and engineering schools. Which help their graduates move on to satisfying, lucrative careers? See PayScale's lineup of northeast 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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Best Northeastern Colleges in the US By Salary Potential - Full List
Starting Median Salary Mid-Career Median Salary
Princeton University $56,900 $130,000
Harvard University $54,100 $116,000
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) $69,700 $115,000
Dartmouth College $51,600 $114,000
Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) $61,000 $113,000
Colgate University $48,700 $112,000
Lehigh University $57,200 $112,000
College of the Holy Cross $47,200 $110,000
State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College $57,300 $109,000
Bucknell University $52,600 $108,000
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) $59,500 $107,000
Manhattan College $53,900 $107,000
Amherst College $54,400 $107,000
Babson College $56,200 $106,000
Stevens Institute of Technology $59,400 $106,000
Yale University $50,700 $105,000
Williams College $51,800 $105,000
Columbia University $52,800 $105,000
Brown University $50,200 $104,000
Swarthmore College $50,700 $104,000
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) $61,200 $104,000
University of Pennsylvania $57,300 $103,000
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) $60,000 $103,000
Haverford College $39,500 $103,000
New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) $53,400 $103,000
Cornell University $55,800 $101,000
Union College, New York $48,200 $101,000
Lafayette College $51,800 $100,000
Clarkson University $57,900 $100,000
Fairfield University $48,400 $99,500
Massachusetts Maritime Academy $54,300 $98,000
Boston College $49,400 $97,100
La Salle University (Philadelphia) $46,200 $96,700
Saint Francis University $41,800 $96,400
Tufts University $48,600 $95,600
Bentley University $49,400 $94,900
Bowdoin College $44,900 $94,500
Drexel University $51,500 $94,400
Villanova University $52,900 $94,300
Cooper Union $56,700 $94,300
St. John's University, New York $43,800 $93,800
Bates College $43,000 $93,200
Dickinson College $43,000 $92,400
Wesleyan University (Middletown, Connecticut) $49,200 $92,000
Rutgers University - New Brunswick $49,200 $91,800
University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Lowell $49,200 $91,400
King's College $34,700 $91,100
Stony Brook University $48,200 $90,900
Assumption College $45,300 $90,900
Hobart William Smith Colleges $43,200 $90,600
Fordham University $45,100 $90,300
Wheaton College, Massachusetts $40,900 $90,300
Muhlenberg College $41,700 $90,100
Hofstra University $45,800 $90,000
St. Lawrence University $42,100 $89,600
Colby College $43,500 $88,900
Boston University $46,000 $88,900
Providence College $44,900 $88,900
Trinity College $47,200 $88,800
Wagner College $45,800 $88,700
New York University (NYU) $47,700 $88,500
Middlebury College $47,400 $88,100
St. Thomas Aquinas College $36,600 $88,000
Pace University $48,800 $87,700
Pratt Institute $42,000 $87,500
New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) $47,900 $87,200
Binghamton University $49,700 $87,000
Vassar College $42,000 $86,500
Adelphi University $43,400 $86,400
Franklin and Marshall College $44,700 $86,400
Merrimack College $43,800 $86,100
Gettysburg College $44,600 $86,000
Wellesley College $40,700 $85,500
University of Rochester $44,200 $85,400
Wentworth Institute of Technology $53,200 $85,200
Syracuse University $45,800 $85,100
Connecticut College $44,000 $85,000
Long Island University $45,100 $84,900
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) $41,900 $84,900
University of Scranton $46,300 $84,800
Bryant University $48,500 $84,800
Northeastern University $49,800 $84,700
Saint Anselm College $44,700 $84,600
University of Connecticut (UConn) $48,500 $84,400
Iona College $44,500 $84,200
Rider University $40,800 $84,100
Pennsylvania State University (PSU) $48,300 $83,700
Touro College (New York) $53,200 $83,600
Baruch College $49,000 $83,400
Saint Joseph's University (SJU), Philadelphia $46,100 $83,300
Brandeis University $45,800 $83,200
University of Rhode Island (URI) $45,700 $82,700
Allegheny College $43,300 $82,500
Monmouth University $41,100 $82,400
Siena College $42,500 $82,100
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) $52,200 $82,100
Grove City College $43,400 $82,100
Ithaca College $40,300 $82,000
City College of New York (CCNY) $47,700 $82,000
Queens College $41,300 $81,800
St. John Fisher College (Rochester) $36,600 $81,800
Western New England College $43,800 $81,600
Wilkes University $45,300 $81,200
School of Visual Arts (SVA), NYC $43,900 $81,100
Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) $44,200 $81,100
Norwich University $47,100 $81,000
Elizabethtown College $40,800 $81,000
Clark University $39,000 $80,900
Dowling College $42,800 $80,700
Marist College $44,000 $80,400
Seton Hall University $47,800 $80,300
The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) $44,400 $80,200
Ursinus College $43,000 $79,900
University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Amherst $46,000 $79,800
University of Hartford $44,400 $79,600
University of Pittsburgh $43,800 $79,600
Alfred University $45,200 $79,600
Thomas Jefferson University $59,800 $79,600
Mount Holyoke College $40,700 $79,400
Molloy College $64,000 $79,200
Quinnipiac University $46,200 $79,000
Widener University $51,400 $78,700
Barnard College - Columbia University $43,200 $78,700
Ramapo College of New Jersey $41,600 $78,600
State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany $42,600 $78,400
Stonehill College $41,300 $78,200
University at Buffalo (UB) $43,800 $78,100
West Chester University $40,600 $77,700
Arcadia University $39,900 $77,600
Fashion Institute of Technology $41,500 $77,400
University of New Haven $41,800 $77,200
Rutgers University - Newark $45,200 $77,200
University of New Hampshire (UNH) $42,100 $76,700
Brooklyn College $40,900 $76,700
Bryn Mawr College $41,100 $76,600
Eastern Connecticut State University $39,000 $76,500
University of Vermont (UVM) $42,800 $76,400
University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Dartmouth $43,400 $76,200
Temple University $40,700 $76,100
Smith College $41,000 $75,500
Central Connecticut State University $42,500 $75,500
Penn State - Harrisburg $45,700 $75,400
Lycoming College $38,100 $75,400
College of Staten Island $41,200 $75,300
Kean University $41,300 $75,300
Montclair State University $41,900 $74,800
Dominican College $44,700 $74,800
Excelsior College $49,700 $74,700
University of New England (UNE) $38,500 $74,700
University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Boston $44,100 $74,500
Holy Family University $47,700 $74,500
Hartwick College $42,600 $74,500
University of Bridgeport (UB) $38,000 $74,400
Hamilton College $46,200 $74,400
Suffolk University $39,400 $74,300
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey $38,100 $74,300
Salve Regina University $42,900 $74,300
Farmingdale State College $40,800 $73,900
Roger Williams University $42,100 $73,900
Charter Oak State College $52,300 $73,700
Bloomfield College $41,600 $73,700
Hunter College - The City University of New York (CUNY) $45,500 $73,600
Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary $41,500 $73,500
Rivier College $49,100 $73,500
Skidmore College $41,600 $73,400
Canisius College $36,200 $73,300
Duquesne University $42,800 $73,100
University Of Maine, Orono $42,700 $73,100
Susquehanna University $41,100 $73,100
Juniata College $43,100 $73,100
Drew University $44,100 $73,100
Gordon College, Massachusetts $36,700 $73,000
Massachusetts College of Art and Design $37,700 $72,900
Emerson College $39,800 $72,900
Thomas Edison State College $45,200 $72,900
Rowan University $42,900 $72,700
William Paterson University $44,500 $72,300
St. Francis College $42,900 $72,100
Roberts Wesleyan College $36,900 $71,800
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania $40,000 $71,400
DeSales University $42,600 $71,300
Point Park University $36,700 $71,100
Penn State - Erie / The Behrend College $47,700 $71,100
Nichols College $41,100 $70,900
Western Connecticut State University $39,600 $70,800
Philadelphia University $41,100 $70,400
Westminster College, Pennsylvania $38,400 $69,900
Daemen College $31,500 $69,900
Plymouth State University $37,400 $69,800
Robert Morris University (RMU) - Pennsylvania $40,600 $69,700
Clarion University of Pennsylvania $34,800 $69,600
Sacred Heart University $44,800 $69,500
Fitchburg State College $39,000 $69,500
Southern New Hampshire University $38,100 $69,400
Gannon University $43,400 $69,300
Le Moyne College $39,300 $69,300
Neumann University $45,700 $69,100
State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego $37,600 $69,000
State University of New York (SUNY) Institute of Technology (SUNYIT) $42,700 $69,000
Berklee College of Music $37,400 $68,900
Post University $39,600 $68,800
Felician College $58,700 $68,700
St. Joseph's College (SJC), New York - Long Island $39,200 $68,700
East Stroudsburg University (ESU) $37,300 $68,400
Framingham State College $38,500 $68,400
Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) $38,900 $68,300
Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) $39,800 $68,300
Millersville University of Pennsylvania $39,900 $68,200
Gwynedd-Mercy College $44,200 $68,000
Simmons College $43,200 $67,700
Bridgewater State College $36,400 $67,600
Mercy College $43,500 $67,400
Lesley University $36,100 $67,100
State University of New York (SUNY) at Geneseo $42,500 $67,000
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania $40,100 $67,000
Franklin Pierce University $41,300 $66,900
State University of New York (SUNY) at Plattsburgh $36,900 $66,900
Niagara University $35,600 $66,800
Sarah Lawrence College $40,300 $66,700
State University of New York (SUNY) at Oneonta $39,000 $66,500
Washington & Jefferson College $38,400 $66,300
Albright College $36,200 $66,200
University of the Arts (UArts), Philadelphia $39,700 $66,100
State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz $40,300 $65,800
Worcester State College $40,200 $65,600
New Jersey City University $41,900 $65,200
State University of New York (SUNY) at Potsdam $35,300 $65,100
Empire State College $39,600 $65,100
Eastern University $36,600 $64,600
Cabrini College $40,600 $64,500
College of Our Lady of the Elms $40,300 $64,500
Nyack College $37,100 $64,500
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania $35,800 $64,400
University of Southern Maine (USM) $41,300 $64,000
Herbert H. Lehman College $41,700 $63,900
Albertus Magnus College $44,100 $63,600
Keene State College $40,600 $63,300
Salem State College $39,500 $63,200
Slippery Rock University $35,900 $62,900
York College Pennsylvania $39,100 $62,700
CUNY John Jay College Criminal Justice $37,400 $62,400
Utica College $38,700 $62,000
California University of Pennsylvania (Cal U) $35,500 $61,900
La Roche College $33,800 $61,900
Immaculata University $42,400 $61,800
D'Youville College $51,400 $61,700
Thiel College $36,000 $61,700
Mercyhurst College $34,600 $61,500
Carlow University $40,000 $61,500
Edinboro University $35,500 $61,300
Westfield State College $36,600 $61,100
Pennsylvania College Of Technology $40,800 $60,800
Georgian Court University $38,200 $60,800
Rhode Island College $37,600 $60,500
Berkeley College $39,700 $60,300
Cedar Crest College $40,000 $60,100
Centenary College $39,300 $60,000
Marymount Manhattan College $44,100 $59,800
Johnson & Wales University (JWU) $37,300 $59,800
American International College $39,300 $59,600
College of New Rochelle $39,500 $59,600
Husson University $38,000 $59,500
Messiah College $44,100 $59,400
Marywood University $34,500 $59,400
Misericordia University $38,900 $59,300
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) $34,700 $59,200
State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia $35,300 $59,000
Chestnut Hill College $36,300 $58,600
Keuka College $41,100 $57,400
Delaware Valley College $41,600 $57,300
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania $34,100 $57,200
Houghton College $34,900 $56,900
Alvernia University $37,300 $56,700
Caldwell College $42,700 $55,500
Geneva College $37,700 $55,400
Culinary Institute of America (CIA) $35,800 $55,300
Nazareth College of Rochester $34,900 $55,100
SUNY College at Buffalo $34,800 $54,800
Seton Hill University $36,400 $54,400
Springfield College $36,200 $53,900
Waynesburg University $41,000 $52,600
Peirce College $40,900 $52,500
Art Institute of Pittsburgh $33,500 $50,600
Medaille College $32,300 $49,700
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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