Best Schools For Business Majors by Salary Potential

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Rank 
School Name 
Early Career Pay
 
Median salary for alumni with 0-5 years experience
Mid-Career Pay
 
Median salary for alumni with 10+ years experience
1$75,200$156,300

1United States Military Academy
Early Career Pay$75,200
Mid-Career Pay$156,300
2$67,000$155,500

2Harvard University
Early Career Pay$67,000
Mid-Career Pay$155,500
3$80,200$151,400

3Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Early Career Pay$80,200
Mid-Career Pay$151,400
4$81,400$150,400

4University of California-Berkeley
Early Career Pay$81,400
Mid-Career Pay$150,400
5$70,200$147,100

5Lehigh University
Early Career Pay$70,200
Mid-Career Pay$147,100
6$74,900$142,300

6Georgetown University
Early Career Pay$74,900
Mid-Career Pay$142,300
7$81,000$140,600

7University of Pennsylvania
Early Career Pay$81,000
Mid-Career Pay$140,600
8$71,700$140,300

8University of Notre Dame
Early Career Pay$71,700
Mid-Career Pay$140,300
9$73,700$138,700

9United States Air Force Academy
Early Career Pay$73,700
Mid-Career Pay$138,700
10$71,700$138,400

10Santa Clara University
Early Career Pay$71,700
Mid-Career Pay$138,400
11$75,500$137,200

11Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Early Career Pay$75,500
Mid-Career Pay$137,200
12$70,700$136,900

12Brown University
Early Career Pay$70,700
Mid-Career Pay$136,900
13$62,300$135,800

13Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Early Career Pay$62,300
Mid-Career Pay$135,800
14$71,400$135,600

14University of Virginia-Main Campus
Early Career Pay$71,400
Mid-Career Pay$135,600
14$72,200$135,600

14Lafayette College
Early Career Pay$72,200
Mid-Career Pay$135,600
16$69,400$135,100

16Babson College
Early Career Pay$69,400
Mid-Career Pay$135,100
17$64,900$134,600

17Wake Forest University
Early Career Pay$64,900
Mid-Career Pay$134,600
17$71,000$134,600

17College of the Holy Cross
Early Career Pay$71,000
Mid-Career Pay$134,600
19$72,100$134,300

19Rice University
Early Career Pay$72,100
Mid-Career Pay$134,300
20$66,400$133,500

20Bucknell University
Early Career Pay$66,400
Mid-Career Pay$133,500
21$68,500$133,000

21Washington and Lee University
Early Career Pay$68,500
Mid-Career Pay$133,000
22$69,100$132,000

22New York University
Early Career Pay$69,100
Mid-Career Pay$132,000
23$68,000$131,700

23Washington University in St Louis
Early Career Pay$68,000
Mid-Career Pay$131,700
24$67,500$131,100

24University of Southern California
Early Career Pay$67,500
Mid-Career Pay$131,100
25$69,100$131,000

25Tufts University
Early Career Pay$69,100
Mid-Career Pay$131,000
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Wondering where the highest-paid business major graduates went to school? The PayScale College Salary Report has salary data for business majors from hundreds of colleges and universities across the United States. Business can be a lucrative field of study, but it also has one of the biggest ranges in salary potential of any major. It’s important that you choose a school with a proven track record of preparing students for successful careers. Perennial top colleges for business majors include: Georgetown University in Washington D.C., Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Notre Dame, Babson College, and University of Pennsylvania.

It should be noted that this ranking does not include salary data from alumni who went on to earn advanced degrees, including MBAs. Many business majors do go on to earn additional degrees, and that often increases earnings beyond those of graduates with only a bachelor’s degree, especially when the student attends a prestigious business school.


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