Can Alumni Salaries Predict the Winner?
Here are the results! Sure, our method is a little wacky, but we have guessed right before. Time will only tell if the biggest earners also earn the championship trophy, but with such impressive median salaries after graduation, the winning school probably won't hear many complaints from their alumni. Are you earning what you're worth? Take the PayScale Survey now.
TossUp
TossUp
TossUp
TossUp
TossUp
TossUp
TossUp
TossUp
Squeaker
Squeaker
Squeaker
Squeaker
Squeaker
Squeaker
Salary Madness 2012
$66,800
Louisville
$66,200
Missouri
$66,800
Louisville
$68,000
Saint Louis
$65,800
Oklahoma State
$68,000
Saint Louis
$68,000
Saint Louis
$91,400
Duke
$70,700
Saint Mary's
$71,800
Michigan State
$71,800
Michigan State
$91,400
Duke
$73,000
Creighton
$91,400
Duke
 
$91,400
Duke
$92,200
Harvard
$89,600
California
$66,600
Kansas
$78,500
Villanova
$78,500
Villanova
$81,200
Michigan
$63,700
Virginia Com
$81,200
Michigan
$81,200
Michigan
$89,200
Georgetown
$83,100
UCLA
$73,600
Florida
$83,100
UCLA
$89,200
Georgetown
$67,700
San Diego St
$89,200
Georgetown
 
Squeaker
$68,500
Gonzaga
$70,400
Pittsburgh
$70,400
Pittsburgh
$74,800
Wisconsin
$74,800
Wisconsin
$68,700
La Salle
$74,800
Wisconsin
$92,200
Harvard
$72,200
Arizona
$92,200
Harvard
$92,200
Harvard
$90,900
Notre Dame
$90,900
Notre Dame
$69,700
Iona
 
TossUp
$91,400
Duke
$92,200
Harvard
TossUp
$89,200
Georgetown
$89,600
California
$73,100
LIU Brooklyn
$74,500
NC St
$74,500
North Carolina
$89,600
California
$89,600
California
$76,900
Syracuse
$89,600
California
$84,400
Bucknell
$84,400
Bucknell
$76,000
Marquette
$84,400
Bucknell
$82,300
Miami (FL)
$81,100
Illinois
$82,300
Miami (FL)
2nd Round                   Salary 16       Top Earning 8       Fat Wallet Four                       Champion                       Fat Wallet Four        Top Earning 8        Salary 16                  2nd Round
PayScale
The brackets that are highlighted in blue are Toss Ups - the tiny salary difference (<2%) makes the outcome statistically too close to call, but we selected the higher salary team to move on anyway.
The brackets that are highlighted in green are Squeakers - the narrow salary difference (2-5%) was wide enough to pick a winner, but just barely.
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