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Duke Blue Devils and Georgetown Hoyas Square Off in Finals of’s 2010 NCAA Basketball Salary Madness

Duke Earns Second Consecutive Salary Title; Final Four includes Duke, Georgetown, Cornell and Vanderbilt
Seattle - March 16th, 2010 - For the second consecutive year, Duke University wins the NCAA Basketball Salary Madness tournament. In this year's championship bracket Duke ($104,000.00) defeats Georgetown ($95,100.00).

PayScale, Inc., the world's largest real time online salary dataset, today unveiled its Third Annual Salary Madness in conjunction with the 2010 March Madness/NCAA Men's College Basketball Tournament.

PayScale analyzed the March Madness brackets by typical salaries of graduates from each participating institution and came up with their own March Madness predictions. All salary data used in the 2010 PayScale Salary Madness is from the company's 18.5 million plus real-time salary dataset.

2010 Salary Madness highlights include:
  • Schools with higher paid graduates tend to have a better (i.e. lower) seed. This could relate to the idea that better paid graduates might donate more to the school and thus provide more funds for sports programs.
  • Teams in the South Region have the highest median pay ($70,800 vs. $68,100 in the East, $66,900 in the Midwest, and $67,600 in the West).
  • Lehigh is the highest paid seed 16 team -- beating all other #16 teams by at least $17,000. This enables them to make it to the Top Earning 8 (4th round of the playoffs). All other seed 16 teams are out in the first round.
  • Duke is the best paid seed 1 team by $40,000. All other seed 1 teams earn a median pay in the mid-$60,000's, which causes them to leave the salary tournament fairly early.
  • Kansas doesn't make it past the first round, while Kentucky and Syracuse don't make it past the second round.
"A fascinating aspect of the NCAA tournament is the diversity of schools," said Dr. Al Lee, Director of Quantitative Analysis, PayScale. "From highly selective universities who have graduated presidents (Clinton - Georgetown, Nixon - Duke Law) and captains of industry (CEO Bank of America - Notre Dame, CEO S.C. Johnson & Son - Cornell) to former teacher colleges that have grown into regional universities offering BAs through PhDs and MDs (East Tennessee State, Sam Houston State), March Madness has a broad range of schools represented.”

2008 PayScale Salary Madness

2009 PayScale Salary Madness

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