Top Liberal Arts Colleges By Salary Potential

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Top liberal arts colleges offer a broad education that can take their graduates anywhere. But, which of the best liberal arts colleges helps ensure that your student loans will be covered following graduation? Check out our list of top liberal arts colleges by salary potential to help you pick your favorites.

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
Starting Median Salary Mid-Career Median Salary
Harvey Mudd College $64,400 $121,000
Colgate University $48,700 $112,000
College of the Holy Cross $47,200 $110,000
Bucknell University $52,600 $108,000
Amherst College $54,400 $107,000
Williams College $51,800 $105,000
Swarthmore College $50,700 $104,000
Haverford College $39,500 $103,000
Union College, New York $48,200 $101,000
Lafayette College $51,800 $100,000
Washington and Lee University $48,600 $99,800
Carleton College $42,800 $98,300
Claremont McKenna College $54,400 $98,000
Davidson College $41,600 $94,500
Bowdoin College $44,900 $94,500
Bates College $43,000 $93,200
Ohio Wesleyan University (OWU) $40,300 $92,500
Middlebury College $47,400 $92,500
Dickinson College $43,000 $92,400
Wesleyan University (Middletown, Connecticut) $49,200 $92,000
Hendrix College $38,600 $91,500
Pomona College $47,000 $91,100
Hobart William Smith Colleges $43,200 $90,600
Wheaton College, Massachusetts $40,900 $90,300
Occidental College $42,200 $90,300
Muhlenberg College $41,700 $90,100
Lawrence University $37,900 $89,700
Kenyon College $40,200 $89,700
St. Lawrence University $42,100 $89,600
Colby College $43,500 $88,900
Trinity College $47,200 $88,800
Westmont College $35,600 $87,400
Wheaton College, Illinois $38,300 $87,200
Denison University $40,600 $87,200
Rhodes College $38,400 $87,200
Franklin and Marshall College $44,700 $86,400
Merrimack College $43,800 $86,100
Gettysburg College $44,600 $86,000
Hampden-Sydney College $46,300 $85,800
Wellesley College $40,700 $85,500
DePauw University $41,300 $85,500
Connecticut College $44,000 $85,000
Vassar College $42,000 $84,800
Oberlin College $39,200 $84,700
Saint Anselm College $44,700 $84,600
University of Richmond $47,300 $84,300
St. Olaf College $40,700 $83,300
Reed College $41,000 $83,100
Grinnell College $43,300 $82,500
Allegheny College $43,300 $82,500
Grove City College $43,400 $82,100
Siena College $42,500 $82,100
Macalester College $43,400 $81,200
Colorado College (CC) $38,600 $81,200
Furman University $38,900 $80,400
Hillsdale College $40,000 $80,100
Gustavus Adolphus College $39,900 $79,900
Ursinus College $43,000 $79,900
Millsaps College $40,400 $79,500
Mount Holyoke College $40,700 $79,400
Saint Mary's College of Maryland $41,700 $79,300
Albion College $38,500 $79,100
Whitman College $41,000 $78,800
Barnard College - Columbia University $43,200 $78,700
University of Puget Sound $42,900 $78,600
Transylvania University $40,900 $78,300
William Jewell College $44,300 $78,300
Stonehill College $41,300 $78,200
Willamette University $39,500 $77,700
Mount Union College $38,700 $76,700
Calvin College $40,000 $76,600
Bryn Mawr College $41,100 $76,600
The College of Wooster $39,400 $76,100
Randolph-Macon College (Ashland, Virginia) $42,100 $75,600
Smith College $41,000 $75,500
Lycoming College $38,100 $75,400
Wofford College $34,700 $74,800
Excelsior College $49,700 $74,700
Hartwick College $42,600 $74,500
Hamilton College $46,200 $74,400
Morehouse College $44,500 $74,300
Beloit College $37,900 $74,100
Augustana College, Illinois $38,700 $73,800
Ripon College $36,700 $73,800
Charter Oak State College $52,300 $73,700
Bloomfield College $41,600 $73,700
Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary $41,500 $73,500
Skidmore College $41,600 $73,400
Drew University $44,100 $73,100
Juniata College $43,100 $73,100
Susquehanna University $41,100 $73,100
Gordon College, Massachusetts $36,700 $73,000
Thomas Edison State College $45,200 $72,900
Whittier College $42,900 $72,900
Central College $37,600 $72,900
Colorado State University (CSU), Pueblo $37,700 $72,700
McDaniel College $41,300 $72,100
Kalamazoo College $39,500 $72,000
Luther College $40,200 $71,900
Wittenberg University $39,100 $71,600
Texas Lutheran University $39,700 $71,600
Goucher College $37,000 $71,300
College of Saint Benedict (CSB), Minnesota $39,700 $71,200
West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) $32,800 $71,000
Linfield College $45,400 $70,600
Southwestern University $44,200 $70,600
Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU) $39,800 $70,300
Westminster College, Pennsylvania $38,400 $69,900
Lewis & Clark College $37,200 $69,700
Pitzer College $39,500 $69,600
Roanoke College $37,500 $69,300
Knox College $38,100 $69,200
Metropolitan State College of Denver (MSCD) $42,100 $69,000
Concordia College, Moorehead, Minnesota $38,000 $69,000
Coe College $38,100 $69,000
Fort Lewis College $39,700 $68,900
Hope College $37,800 $68,600
Austin College $39,300 $68,400
Washington College (Maryland) $45,600 $67,900
Hiram College $36,700 $67,900
Earlham College $35,200 $67,700
Cornell College $35,600 $67,600
Franklin Pierce University $41,300 $66,900
Berry College $34,400 $66,800
Millikin University $37,700 $66,800
Sarah Lawrence College $40,300 $66,700
Ferrum College $38,500 $66,400
Washington & Jefferson College $38,400 $66,300
Albright College $36,200 $66,200
Carroll College, Montana $39,000 $66,100
Thomas Aquinas College $37,600 $66,000
Spelman College $37,100 $65,900
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Parkside $35,700 $65,800
Birmingham Southern College $40,600 $65,700
Christopher Newport University $39,900 $64,800
Simpson College $39,100 $64,800
Monmouth College $39,800 $64,500
Clarke College $36,700 $64,500
Guilford College $35,600 $64,100
Western State College of Colorado $39,700 $63,700
Baker University $39,800 $63,600
Albertus Magnus College $44,100 $63,600
Eckerd College $39,000 $63,200
Alma College $37,600 $63,100
St. Mary's College, Indiana $37,600 $62,300
Thiel College $36,000 $61,700
Mesa State College $38,200 $61,300
Nebraska Wesleyan University (NWU) $37,500 $60,900
Cedar Crest College $40,000 $60,100
Marymount Manhattan College $44,100 $59,800
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) $34,700 $59,200
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Green Bay $35,100 $59,100
West Virginia State College $34,000 $58,800
Wingate University $35,100 $58,100
University of North Carolina at Asheville (UNCA) $34,000 $57,300
Hastings College $36,000 $57,200
Houghton College $34,900 $56,900
Bridgewater College $36,200 $56,400
Carson Newman College $32,500 $56,000
Meredith College $37,000 $55,700
Berea College $32,000 $55,500
Huntingdon College $33,100 $54,700
Wartburg College $40,200 $53,800
Evangel University $34,900 $52,400
Virginia Wesleyan College (VWC) $34,900 $52,200
Asbury College $34,500 $48,900
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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