2014—2015 PAYSCALE
COLLEGE SALARY REPORT
Colleges by Salary Potential (Bachelor's Only) - Full List
Before taking the plunge and enrolling into a 4-year program, do some research and check out the top colleges with the highest paying graduates.  [read more]
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Top 10 Colleges With Highest Paid Bachelor's Only Graduates
Methodology
Annual pay for bachelor's degree graduates without higher degrees. Typical starting graduates have 0 to 5 years of experience; mid-career graduates have 10 years or more. See full methodology.
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Rank School Name School Type Early Career Salary Mid-Career Salary % High Meaning % STEM Degrees
1 Harvey Mudd College Liberal Arts, Engineering $75,600 $133,800 55% 86%
2 United States Naval Academy (USNA) at Annapolis * State School, Engineering, Sober School, For Sports Fans, Liberal Arts $80,700 $130,000 59% 54%
3 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Engineering, Research Universities $70,300 $128,800 58% 79%
4 Colgate University Liberal Arts, For Sports Fans $54,000 $126,600 53% 15%
5 Stanford University Research Universities, For Sports Fans $62,900 $126,400 62% 28%
6 California Institute of Technology (Caltech) Engineering, Research Universities $74,800 $126,200 60% 93%
7 Washington and Lee University Liberal Arts $50,700 $124,300 48% 17%
8 United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point * State School, Sober School, For Sports Fans, Liberal Arts $75,100 $123,900 57% 39%
9 Tufts University Research Universities $51,900 $123,600 59% 23%
10 SUNY - Maritime College State School, Business $62,100 $121,700 N/A 46%
11 Rice University Research Universities, For Sports Fans $60,000 $119,900 53% 42%
12 Stevens Institute of Technology Engineering, Research Universities $65,300 $118,700 51% 84%
13 United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) * State School, Engineering, For Sports Fans, Liberal Arts $66,700 $118,400 62% 48%
14 Harvard University Ivy League, Research Universities, For Sports Fans $57,700 $118,200 66% 28%
15 Carleton College Liberal Arts $43,700 $117,700 48% 34%
16 Babson College Business $61,300 $117,400 46% 0%
17 Cooper Union for The Advancement of Science and Art Engineering $61,100 $117,000 N/A 59%
18 Yale University Ivy League, Research Universities, For Sports Fans $58,500 $115,100 65% 21%
19 Virginia Military Institute (VMI) * State School, For Sports Fans, Liberal Arts $59,200 $115,000 76% 38%
19 Haverford College ** Liberal Arts $38,600 $115,000 N/A 27%
21 Brown University Ivy League, Research Universities, For Sports Fans $55,100 $114,500 63% 22%
22 University of California - Berkeley State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $59,500 $114,200 52% 31%
23 Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (RHIT) Engineering $66,600 $114,100 57% 97%
24 Princeton University Ivy League, Research Universities, For Sports Fans $60,000 $113,900 57% 32%
25 University of Pennsylvania Ivy League, Research Universities, For Sports Fans $59,300 $112,200 53% 19%
26 Georgia Institute of Technology State School, Engineering, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $61,700 $111,700 49% 71%
26 Santa Clara University For Sports Fans, Religious $56,600 $111,700 46% 15%
26 Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Engineering, Research Universities $62,300 $111,700 53% 51%
29 Cornell University - Ithaca, NY Ivy League, Research Universities, For Sports Fans $58,200 $111,100 52% 33%
30 Manhattan College For Sports Fans, Religious $57,500 $110,800 52% 24%
31 Williams College Liberal Arts $50,200 $110,700 42% 26%
31 Clarkson University - Potsdam, NY Engineering, Research Universities $59,900 $110,700 63% 72%
33 Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Engineering, Research Universities $62,700 $110,500 53% 87%
34 NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering Engineering, Research Universities $65,400 $110,400 64% 97%
35 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Engineering, Research Universities $62,300 $110,100 52% 74%
36 Swarthmore College ** Liberal Arts $51,000 $109,000 N/A 25%
37 University of Notre Dame Research Universities, For Sports Fans, Religious $55,200 $108,400 48% 22%
38 Georgetown University - Washington D.C. Research Universities, For Sports Fans, Religious $51,000 $108,200 48% 7%
39 Duke University Research Universities, For Sports Fans, Religious $59,500 $108,000 62% 34%
40 Massachusetts Maritime Academy State School $55,200 $107,400 41% 36%
41 Colorado School of Mines State School, Engineering, Research Universities $67,900 $107,300 63% 97%
42 Washington University in St. Louis Research Universities $55,000 $107,100 54% 25%
43 Lehigh University Party School, Research Universities, For Sports Fans $60,400 $106,300 46% 37%
44 Dartmouth College Ivy League, Research Universities, For Sports Fans $55,500 $104,700 47% 20%
45 Vanderbilt University Research Universities, For Sports Fans $56,300 $103,400 61% 25%
46 New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) State School, Engineering, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $53,400 $103,200 55% 73%
47 Kenyon College Liberal Arts $46,400 $102,900 N/A 15%
48 Lafayette College Liberal Arts, For Sports Fans, Religious $57,000 $102,600 47% 33%
49 University of California - San Diego (UCSD) State School, Research Universities $50,600 $102,100 52% 38%
50 University of Chicago Research Universities $48,800 $102,000 56% 22%
51 Occidental College Liberal Arts $45,600 $101,900 58% 18%
52 Bucknell University Liberal Arts, Party School, For Sports Fans $56,800 $101,800 40% 30%
53 University of Rochester Research Universities $49,400 $101,700 54% 33%
54 Villanova University For Sports Fans, Religious $53,300 $101,200 43% 21%
55 Columbia University Ivy League, Research Universities, For Sports Fans $59,200 $101,100 57% 29%
56 Hofstra University Research Universities, For Sports Fans $46,600 $101,000 47% 6%
56 Loyola University - Baltimore, MD For Sports Fans, Religious $52,000 $101,000 46% 12%
56 Union College - Schenectady, NY Liberal Arts $50,800 $101,000 50% 27%
59 Kettering University Engineering $65,100 $100,700 48% 96%
60 New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech) State School, Engineering $51,500 $100,500 67% 89%
61 Gettysburg College Liberal Arts $47,600 $100,400 41% 19%
62 Boston College Research Universities, For Sports Fans, Religious $51,900 $100,200 45% 10%
63 California Polytechnic State University (CalPoly) - San Luis Obispo State School, For Sports Fans $56,200 $100,100 53% 31%
64 Drake University For Sports Fans $45,100 $100,000 58% 10%
65 College of the Holy Cross Liberal Arts, For Sports Fans, Religious $48,500 $99,600 53% 16%
66 Reed College Liberal Arts $47,500 $99,500 N/A 25%
67 Case Western Reserve University Engineering, Research Universities $58,000 $99,400 57% 52%
68 University of Virginia (UVA) - Main Campus State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $54,100 $99,300 51% 24%
69 University of California - Irvine (UCI) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $49,300 $99,100 50% 30%
70 Johns Hopkins University Research Universities $58,700 $98,900 63% 26%
70 Wagner College For Sports Fans, Religious $49,800 $98,900 44% 10%
72 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) - Prescott, AZ None $53,800 $98,800 56% 31%
73 Northwestern University Research Universities, For Sports Fans $54,200 $98,400 56% 23%
74 University of the Pacific Research Universities, For Sports Fans $51,500 $98,300 53% 31%
75 Franklin and Marshall College Liberal Arts $46,300 $98,200 38% 16%
76 George Washington University (GWU) Research Universities, For Sports Fans $47,700 $98,100 54% 10%
76 Missouri University of Science and Technology (S&T) State School, Engineering $62,400 $98,100 53% 89%
78 University of Southern California (USC) Research Universities, For Sports Fans $51,700 $98,000 55% 13%
78 Whitman College Liberal Arts $41,400 $98,000 54% 25%
78 Westmont College Liberal Arts $40,300 $98,000 46% 16%
81 University of California - Davis (UC Davis) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $50,800 $97,900 57% 34%
82 Texas A&M University - Main Campus State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $54,300 $97,700 54% 29%
83 Lawrence Technological University Engineering $58,300 $97,600 49% 55%
84 Michigan Technological University State School, Engineering, Research Universities $61,600 $97,300 52% 76%
85 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) State School, Party School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $55,000 $97,100 52% 26%
86 University of California - Santa Barbara (UCSB) State School, Party School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $47,000 $96,900 50% 16%
87 University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Lowell Campus State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $51,200 $96,600 57% 26%
88 Bentley University Business $58,000 $96,500 34% 4%
89 Middlebury College ** Liberal Arts $51,900 $96,300 55% 12%
90 University of Texas (UT) - Austin State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $52,200 $96,100 50% 24%
91 Claremont McKenna College ** Liberal Arts $50,100 $96,000 47% 12%
92 University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $50,300 $95,900 49% 21%
92 Southern Methodist University (SMU) Research Universities, For Sports Fans, Religious $50,000 $95,900 50% 12%
94 New York University (NYU) Research Universities $50,000 $95,700 51% 5%
94 DePauw University Liberal Arts, Party School, Religious $46,600 $95,700 50% 17%
94 Rhodes College Liberal Arts, Religious $40,600 $95,700 60% 21%
97 Wentworth Institute of Technology None $55,300 $95,600 62% 40%
97 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $53,800 $95,600 47% 32%
99 The College of William and Mary State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $44,600 $95,500 47% 15%
99 Bradley University For Sports Fans $49,900 $95,500 49% 21%
101 Loyola Marymount University For Sports Fans, Religious $48,900 $95,300 43% 10%
102 Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Engineering, Research Universities $58,300 $95,000 53% 69%
102 Dickinson College - Carlisle, PA Liberal Arts $44,400 $95,000 26% 12%
104 South Dakota School of Mines & Technology State School, Engineering $65,600 $94,800 57% 92%
105 San Jose State University (SJSU) State School, For Sports Fans $51,500 $94,700 54% 14%
106 Wake Forest University Research Universities, For Sports Fans $53,300 $94,400 50% 12%
107 Saint Mary's College of California For Sports Fans, Religious $50,600 $94,200 52% 5%
108 Stony Brook University State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $49,800 $94,000 57% 25%
109 Milwaukee School of Engineering Engineering $60,600 $93,700 58% 75%
110 University of Scranton Religious $47,900 $93,500 49% 12%
110 West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) State School, Engineering $53,800 $93,500 57% 57%
112 University of Tulsa Research Universities, For Sports Fans, Religious $56,800 $93,300 56% 31%
113 Drexel University Research Universities, For Sports Fans $54,800 $93,200 46% 32%
113 Colby College Liberal Arts $47,000 $93,200 35% 26%
115 Marietta College None $43,900 $93,100 50% 21%
116 Brigham Young University (BYU) Sober School, Research Universities, For Sports Fans, Religious $51,800 $93,000 59% 20%
117 Oberlin College Liberal Arts $40,200 $92,700 53% 14%
118 St. Mary's University - San Antonio, TX Religious $41,200 $92,500 71% 23%
118 California State Polytechnic University - Pomona State School $50,500 $92,500 52% 29%
120 Macalester College Liberal Arts, Religious $41,200 $92,400 62% 18%
121 Fairfield University For Sports Fans, Religious $50,900 $92,100 43% 12%
122 Pomona College Liberal Arts $46,700 $92,000 67% 20%
123 University of St. Thomas - St Paul, MN Research Universities, Religious $46,600 $91,900 53% 14%
124 Gonzaga University For Sports Fans, Religious $47,600 $91,800 53% 16%
124 Rutgers University - New Brunswick Campus State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $51,000 $91,800 43% 23%
126 University of Washington (UW) - Main Campus State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $52,400 $91,700 58% 25%
127 Auburn University State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $47,100 $91,600 55% 20%
128 University of Maryland - College Park State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $52,700 $91,500 56% 22%
128 Bates College ** Liberal Arts $44,700 $91,500 53% 13%
128 Stonehill College Liberal Arts, Religious $43,600 $91,500 47% 10%
128 Saint Joseph's University (SJU) - Philadelphia, PA For Sports Fans, Religious $48,200 $91,500 47% 7%
132 St. John's University - Queens, NY Research Universities, For Sports Fans, Religious $46,300 $91,400 49% 9%
132 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $56,800 $91,400 52% 28%
134 Wesleyan University - Middletown, CT Liberal Arts $44,400 $91,300 57% 16%
135 University of San Francisco (USF) Research Universities, For Sports Fans, Religious $50,800 $91,200 58% 10%
136 Brandeis University Research Universities $44,600 $91,100 49% 16%
137 Clemson University State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $51,400 $91,000 59% 23%
138 New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) None $52,500 $90,900 51% 12%
139 John Carroll University Religious $48,500 $90,800 35% 16%
139 Catholic University of America Research Universities, Religious $45,200 $90,800 64% 10%
139 Seton Hall University - South Orange, NJ Research Universities, For Sports Fans, Religious $46,300 $90,800 46% 8%
142 CUNY - College of Staten Island State School $47,700 $90,700 45% 12%
142 Willamette University Liberal Arts $41,300 $90,700 46% 17%
144 Boston University Research Universities, For Sports Fans $50,100 $90,600 46% 16%
144 Purdue University - Main Campus State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $55,400 $90,600 52% 31%
144 Wofford College - Spartanburg, SC Liberal Arts, For Sports Fans, Religious $44,300 $90,600 64% 26%
147 Skidmore College Liberal Arts $40,300 $90,400 47% 7%
148 George Mason University State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $50,500 $90,200 47% 10%
148 Rutgers University - Main Campus State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $50,800 $90,200 50% 15%
148 Marquette University Research Universities, For Sports Fans, Religious $49,000 $90,200 53% 25%
151 Davidson College Liberal Arts, For Sports Fans, Religious $47,200 $90,100 48% 14%
152 Pratt Institute Art / Design $42,900 $89,900 44% 3%
153 Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech) Engineering, Research Universities $56,000 $89,800 62% 67%
154 Pace University - New York, NY Research Universities $51,500 $89,600 37% 10%
154 University of California - Riverside (UCR) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $45,600 $89,600 47% 22%
156 Iona College For Sports Fans, Religious $46,800 $89,500 38% 5%
156 Bryant University For Sports Fans, Business $53,700 $89,500 33% 2%
158 Saint Peters College For Sports Fans, Religious $44,000 $89,300 N/A 11%
159 Pacific Lutheran University Religious $42,100 $89,200 63% 14%
160 Long Island University - Brooklyn For Sports Fans $51,200 $88,800 80% 8%
160 Montana Tech of The University of Montana State School, Engineering $68,400 $88,800 65% 72%
162 Northeastern University Research Universities, For Sports Fans $54,100 $88,600 54% 23%
163 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $49,800 $88,400 56% 23%
163 California State University - Long Beach (CSULB) State School, For Sports Fans $43,600 $88,400 52% 11%
165 Hobart William Smith Colleges Liberal Arts $46,900 $88,100 26% 15%
166 University of Wisconsin (UW) - Madison State School, Party School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $48,500 $88,000 60% 26%
166 North Carolina State University (NCSU) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $49,600 $88,000 52% 41%
168 Miami University - Oxford, OH State School, Party School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $49,700 $87,800 49% 14%
169 CUNY - Bernard M Baruch College State School, Business $49,700 $87,700 38% 4%
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