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
37$64,600$128,500

37Loyola University Maryland
Early Career Pay$64,600
Mid-Career Pay$128,500
63$64,500$121,900

63University of Maryland-College Park
Early Career Pay$64,500
Mid-Career Pay$121,900
59$64,400$123,600

59University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Early Career Pay$64,400
Mid-Career Pay$123,600
43$64,400$127,000

43Wheaton College (Illinois)
Early Career Pay$64,400
Mid-Career Pay$127,000
91$64,200$116,900

91Brigham Young University-Provo
Early Career Pay$64,200
Mid-Career Pay$116,900
68$64,200$121,400

68Saint Mary's College of California
Early Career Pay$64,200
Mid-Career Pay$121,400
112$64,100$114,600

112University of Connecticut
Early Career Pay$64,100
Mid-Career Pay$114,600
81$64,000$118,400

81Seattle University
Early Career Pay$64,000
Mid-Career Pay$118,400
62$63,900$122,200

62California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
Early Career Pay$63,900
Mid-Career Pay$122,200
132$63,800$112,800

132University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Early Career Pay$63,800
Mid-Career Pay$112,800
56$63,800$124,000

56University of California-San Diego
Early Career Pay$63,800
Mid-Career Pay$124,000
71$63,700$120,500

71University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Early Career Pay$63,700
Mid-Career Pay$120,500
90$63,600$117,000

90University of California-Davis
Early Career Pay$63,600
Mid-Career Pay$117,000
65$63,400$121,800

65Menlo College
Early Career Pay$63,400
Mid-Career Pay$121,800
246$63,200$105,400

246Northeastern University
Early Career Pay$63,200
Mid-Career Pay$105,400
83$63,100$118,000

83Seton Hall University
Early Career Pay$63,100
Mid-Career Pay$118,000
77$63,100$119,000

77The University of Texas at Austin
Early Career Pay$63,100
Mid-Career Pay$119,000
504$62,900$93,700

504Columbia University in the City of New York
Early Career Pay$62,900
Mid-Career Pay$93,700
80$62,800$118,500

80American University
Early Career Pay$62,800
Mid-Career Pay$118,500
91$62,700$116,900

91San Jose State University
Early Career Pay$62,700
Mid-Career Pay$116,900
223$62,600$106,700

223Pepperdine University
Early Career Pay$62,600
Mid-Career Pay$106,700
54$62,500$124,300

54University of California-Santa Cruz
Early Career Pay$62,500
Mid-Career Pay$124,300
147$62,500$111,400

147University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Early Career Pay$62,500
Mid-Career Pay$111,400
115$62,400$114,500

115Syracuse University
Early Career Pay$62,400
Mid-Career Pay$114,500
88$62,400$117,300

88University of Wisconsin-Madison
Early Career Pay$62,400
Mid-Career Pay$117,300
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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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