Best Schools For Business Majors by Salary Potential

A bachelor’s degree in business is a great investment toward your future. Learn more about the best undergraduate business universities by salary.

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RankSchool NameEarly Career Pay
Mid-Career Pay
Rank:1School Name:Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyEarly Career Pay:$98,300Mid-Career Pay:$170,600
Rank:2School Name:Harvard UniversityEarly Career Pay:$72,400Mid-Career Pay:$169,000
Rank:3School Name:University of California-BerkeleyEarly Career Pay:$91,000Mid-Career Pay:$166,500
Rank:4School Name:Lehigh UniversityEarly Career Pay:$78,700Mid-Career Pay:$160,300
Rank:5School Name:Georgetown UniversityEarly Career Pay:$86,100Mid-Career Pay:$157,300
Rank:6School Name:Santa Clara UniversityEarly Career Pay:$80,300Mid-Career Pay:$154,800
Rank:7School Name:University of PennsylvaniaEarly Career Pay:$90,900Mid-Career Pay:$153,900
Rank:7School Name:University of Notre DameEarly Career Pay:$80,300Mid-Career Pay:$153,900
Rank:9School Name:United States Military AcademyEarly Career Pay:$81,100Mid-Career Pay:$152,400
Rank:10School Name:University of Southern CaliforniaEarly Career Pay:$76,300Mid-Career Pay:$151,300
Rank:11School Name:Brown UniversityEarly Career Pay:$82,900Mid-Career Pay:$151,000
Rank:12School Name:Babson CollegeEarly Career Pay:$78,600Mid-Career Pay:$150,600
Rank:13School Name:Stanford UniversityEarly Career Pay:$86,500Mid-Career Pay:$149,900
Rank:14School Name:United States Air Force AcademyEarly Career Pay:$86,700Mid-Career Pay:$149,800
Rank:15School Name:New York UniversityEarly Career Pay:$78,100Mid-Career Pay:$147,700
Rank:16School Name:Washington and Lee UniversityEarly Career Pay:$76,400Mid-Career Pay:$146,500
Rank:17School Name:University of Virginia-Main CampusEarly Career Pay:$78,500Mid-Career Pay:$146,100
Rank:18School Name:Rice UniversityEarly Career Pay:$82,500Mid-Career Pay:$145,300
Rank:19School Name:Wake Forest UniversityEarly Career Pay:$71,700Mid-Career Pay:$144,600
Rank:19School Name:Yeshiva UniversityEarly Career Pay:$77,800Mid-Career Pay:$144,600
Rank:21School Name:George Washington UniversityEarly Career Pay:$74,800Mid-Career Pay:$144,200
Rank:22School Name:Georgia Institute of Technology-Main CampusEarly Career Pay:$72,400Mid-Career Pay:$143,700
Rank:23School Name:Bucknell UniversityEarly Career Pay:$75,600Mid-Career Pay:$142,200
Rank:24School Name:Washington University in St LouisEarly Career Pay:$78,200Mid-Career Pay:$142,100
Rank:25School Name:Carnegie Mellon UniversityEarly Career Pay:$81,500Mid-Career Pay:$141,800

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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.