Best Colleges in Massachusetts by Salary Potential

College is expensive, so picking the right degree is important. Check out this list of the highest-paid college graduates by school in Massachusetts.

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Bachelor's Only
Salary data for alumni who earned a bachelor's degree and did not go on to earn any additional degrees.
All Alumni
Salary data for all alumni who earned a bachelor's degree, including but not limited to those who went on to earn additional degrees from any school.
Rank 
School Name 
School Type
Degree Type 
School Sector
Early Career Pay
 
Median salary for alumni with 0-5 years experience
Mid-Career Pay
 
Median salary for alumni with 10+ years experience
% High Meaning
 
% alumni who say their work makes the world a better place
% STEM Degrees
 
% degrees awarded in science, technology, engineering or math subjects
1Engineering, Private School, Research UniversityBachelorsAndHigherPrivate not-for-profit$86,800$156,50057%69%

1Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Degree TypeBachelorsAndHigher
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$86,800
Mid-Career Pay$156,500
% High Meaning57%
% STEM Degrees69%
2Ivy League, Private School, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsAndHigherPrivate not-for-profit$75,300$151,60056%19%

2Harvard University
Degree TypeBachelorsAndHigher
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$75,300
Mid-Career Pay$151,600
% High Meaning56%
% STEM Degrees19%
3Business, Private SchoolBachelorsAndHigherPrivate not-for-profit$70,000$145,50035%0%

3Babson College
Degree TypeBachelorsAndHigher
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$70,000
Mid-Career Pay$145,500
% High Meaning35%
% STEM Degrees0%
4Engineering, Private SchoolBachelorsAndHigherPrivate not-for-profit$84,800$141,50051%100%

4Franklin W Olin College of Engineering
Degree TypeBachelorsAndHigher
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$84,800
Mid-Career Pay$141,500
% High Meaning51%
% STEM Degrees100%
5Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsAndHigherPrivate not-for-profit$66,700$140,90052%32%

5Williams College
Degree TypeBachelorsAndHigher
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$66,700
Mid-Career Pay$140,900
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees32%
6Engineering, Private School, Research UniversityBachelorsAndHigherPrivate not-for-profit$73,200$138,00052%86%

6Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Degree TypeBachelorsAndHigher
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$73,200
Mid-Career Pay$138,000
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees86%
7Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsAndHigherPrivate not-for-profit$65,200$133,30052%32%

7Amherst College
Degree TypeBachelorsAndHigher
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$65,200
Mid-Career Pay$133,300
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees32%
8Private School, Research UniversityBachelorsAndHigherPrivate not-for-profit$64,900$129,70052%25%

8Tufts University
Degree TypeBachelorsAndHigher
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$64,900
Mid-Career Pay$129,700
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees25%
9Liberal Arts School, Private School, Religious, For Sports FansBachelorsAndHigherPrivate not-for-profit$60,800$124,70048%24%

9College of the Holy Cross
Degree TypeBachelorsAndHigher
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$60,800
Mid-Career Pay$124,700
% High Meaning48%
% STEM Degrees24%
10Private SchoolBachelorsAndHigherPrivate not-for-profit$64,600$121,90071%2%

10MCPHS University
Degree TypeBachelorsAndHigher
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$64,600
Mid-Career Pay$121,900
% High Meaning71%
% STEM Degrees2%
11Private School, Religious, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsAndHigherPrivate not-for-profit$63,300$121,60046%13%

11Boston College
Degree TypeBachelorsAndHigher
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$63,300
Mid-Career Pay$121,600
% High Meaning46%
% STEM Degrees13%
12Private School, Research UniversityBachelorsAndHigherPrivate not-for-profit$60,000$121,00048%29%

12Brandeis University
Degree TypeBachelorsAndHigher
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$60,000
Mid-Career Pay$121,000
% High Meaning48%
% STEM Degrees29%
13Private School, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsAndHigherPrivate not-for-profit$60,200$120,80045%24%

13Boston University
Degree TypeBachelorsAndHigher
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$60,200
Mid-Career Pay$120,800
% High Meaning45%
% STEM Degrees24%
14Business, Private SchoolBachelorsAndHigherPrivate not-for-profit$65,600$120,60036%7%

14Bentley University
Degree TypeBachelorsAndHigher
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$65,600
Mid-Career Pay$120,600
% High Meaning36%
% STEM Degrees7%
15State SchoolBachelorsAndHigherPublic$67,200$117,10054%47%

15Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Degree TypeBachelorsAndHigher
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$67,200
Mid-Career Pay$117,100
% High Meaning54%
% STEM Degrees47%
16Private SchoolBachelorsAndHigherPrivate not-for-profit$61,200$112,50053%39%

16Wentworth Institute of Technology
Degree TypeBachelorsAndHigher
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$61,200
Mid-Career Pay$112,500
% High Meaning53%
% STEM Degrees39%
17Private School, Research UniversityBachelorsAndHigherPrivate not-for-profit$52,600$112,10050%11%

17Clark University
Degree TypeBachelorsAndHigher
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$52,600
Mid-Career Pay$112,100
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees11%
18Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsAndHigherPublic$58,600$111,50053%35%

18University of Massachusetts-Lowell
Degree TypeBachelorsAndHigher
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$58,600
Mid-Career Pay$111,500
% High Meaning53%
% STEM Degrees35%
19Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsAndHigherPrivate not-for-profit$47,500$109,00055%16%

19Hampshire College
Degree TypeBachelorsAndHigher
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$47,500
Mid-Career Pay$109,000
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees16%
20Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsAndHigherPrivate not-for-profit$52,600$108,90052%26%

20Smith College
Degree TypeBachelorsAndHigher
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$52,600
Mid-Career Pay$108,900
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees26%
20Private School, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsAndHigherPrivate not-for-profit$62,200$108,90048%40%

20Northeastern University
Degree TypeBachelorsAndHigher
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$62,200
Mid-Career Pay$108,900
% High Meaning48%
% STEM Degrees40%
22Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsAndHigherPrivate not-for-profit$58,300$108,10057%34%

22Wellesley College
Degree TypeBachelorsAndHigher
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$58,300
Mid-Career Pay$108,100
% High Meaning57%
% STEM Degrees34%
23Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousBachelorsAndHigherPrivate not-for-profit$55,500$107,40046%18%

23Stonehill College
Degree TypeBachelorsAndHigher
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$55,500
Mid-Career Pay$107,400
% High Meaning46%
% STEM Degrees18%
24Private School, ReligiousBachelorsAndHigherPrivate not-for-profit$56,000$105,70048%13%

24Merrimack College
Degree TypeBachelorsAndHigher
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$56,000
Mid-Career Pay$105,700
% High Meaning48%
% STEM Degrees13%
25Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsAndHigherPublic$57,000$105,40048%23%

25University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Degree TypeBachelorsAndHigher
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$57,000
Mid-Career Pay$105,400
% High Meaning48%
% STEM Degrees23%
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Famous for its role in the Revolutionary War that gave birth to the United States of America, Massachusetts is also well known as a cradle of education; As Spinal Tap’s road manager told the band with his tongue firmly in cheek, “The Boston gig’s canceled. But don’t worry; it’s not a college town.”

Despite its small size, Massachusetts is home to America’s smartest city — or at least the city with the most colleges per square mile in the country, Boston. There are several dozen Massachusetts colleges and universities included in PayScale’s College Salary Report. Some of the most notable include Harvard University; Boston College; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts; and Massachusetts College of Art and Design. PayScale’s list includes several public schools and a number of private schools. Massachusetts’ most significant industries are considered to be: Life Sciences; Finance; Information Technology; Manufacturing; Renewable Energy; and Defense.

Harvard and STEM powerhouse MIT are often right at the top of the highest-paid median mid-career alumni salary lists, with experienced Harvard and MIT grads earning well over $100,000. Of course, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where the majority of degrees granted are in science, technology, engineering or math subjects, still wins for early career salaries.

Many of the best universities in Massachusetts are private schools. They are all relatively small as well — Harvard is the only school on the top 10 list that has more than 10,000 students.

Massachusetts is also home to one of the best business schools in the United States. Babson College is a business-focused school where even students who don’t go on to earn an MBA report big earnings. Babson comes in third overall for median mid-career salary.

Massachusetts is also home to more women’s colleges in PayScale’s list of best universities by earning potential than any other state. Wellesley alum report one of the highest earning potentials, followed by Simmons College, Mount Holyoke and Bay Path.


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