Colleges With Highest-Paid Bachelor’s Only Graduates

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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
1AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$68,100$90,500N/A0%

1Helene Fuld College of Nursing
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$68,100
Mid-Career Pay$90,500
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
2AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$65,500$89,800N/A9%

2Pacific Union College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$65,500
Mid-Career Pay$89,800
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees9%
3AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$63,200$84,800N/A0%

3Cochran School of Nursing
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$63,200
Mid-Career Pay$84,800
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
4AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$61,600$83,500N/A0%

4Laboure College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$61,600
Mid-Career Pay$83,500
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
5AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$59,300$82,100N/A0%

5Phillips School of Nursing at Mount Sinai Beth Israel
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$59,300
Mid-Career Pay$82,100
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
6AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$56,500$80,200N/A0%

6Belanger School of Nursing
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$56,500
Mid-Career Pay$80,200
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
7AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$55,400$79,800N/A0%

7Lawrence Memorial Hospital School of Nursing
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$55,400
Mid-Career Pay$79,800
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
8AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$57,700$78,600N/A3%

8Loma Linda University
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$57,700
Mid-Career Pay$78,600
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees3%
9AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$48,600$78,400N/A7%

9St John's University-New York
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$48,600
Mid-Career Pay$78,400
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees7%
9AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$56,600$78,400N/A4%

9Mount Saint Mary's University
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$56,600
Mid-Career Pay$78,400
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees4%
11AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$57,900$77,600N/A41%

11Rivier University
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$57,900
Mid-Career Pay$77,600
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees41%
12AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$55,000$77,100N/A0%

12The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$55,000
Mid-Career Pay$77,100
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
13AssociatesPublic$55,600$76,60073%0%

13Colorado Northwestern Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$55,600
Mid-Career Pay$76,600
% High Meaning73%
% STEM Degrees0%
14AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$56,100$76,500N/A0%

14St Vincent's College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$56,100
Mid-Career Pay$76,500
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
15AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$51,300$76,200N/A1%

15Regent University
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$51,300
Mid-Career Pay$76,200
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees1%
16AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$54,000$76,00097%0%

16Kettering College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$54,000
Mid-Career Pay$76,000
% High Meaning97%
% STEM Degrees0%
17AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$52,000$75,900N/A0%

17Perry Technical Institute
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$52,000
Mid-Career Pay$75,900
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
18AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$52,800$75,300N/A23%

18Villanova University
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$52,800
Mid-Career Pay$75,300
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees23%
19AssociatesPublic$48,200$75,00067%8%

19Evergreen Valley College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$48,200
Mid-Career Pay$75,000
% High Meaning67%
% STEM Degrees8%
20AssociatesPublic$47,500$74,90055%14%

20Bellevue College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$47,500
Mid-Career Pay$74,900
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees14%
20AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$49,300$74,90040%80%

20Coleman University
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$49,300
Mid-Career Pay$74,900
% High Meaning40%
% STEM Degrees80%
22AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$53,500$74,80063%18%

22New York University
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$53,500
Mid-Career Pay$74,800
% High Meaning63%
% STEM Degrees18%
23AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$50,300$74,70069%3%

23Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$50,300
Mid-Career Pay$74,700
% High Meaning69%
% STEM Degrees3%
24AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$52,500$74,500N/A0%

24Casa Loma College-Van Nuys
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$52,500
Mid-Career Pay$74,500
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
25AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$52,900$74,400N/A0%

25Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$52,900
Mid-Career Pay$74,400
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
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Choosing a college isn’t a simple task – you want to pick a school that will challenge you intellectually and provide you with life experiences that help you grow as a person. But unless you want to live in your parents’ basement for the rest of your life, you also want to pick a school that prepares you for a successful career, both in terms of getting hired and equipping you with the skills to properly do your job. Not to mention the fact that the cost of college is higher than ever, and repaying financial aid can be costly later in life. PayScale’s College Salary Report has ranked colleges and universities by the median salaries of their alumni. By knowing how much you can expect to earn after getting your bachelor’s degree, you can choose a school wisely and set yourself up for future financial security, especially when evaluating how much to borrow to help pay for your education.

The data used to calculate all salary information comes from millions of people who have taken the PayScale Salary Survey and told us where they received their bachelor’s degree. If you want to see salaries based off alumni who only received a bachelor’s degree, use the Bachelor’s Only tab. To see median alumni salaries that include data from graduates who went on to earn a graduate degree (at any school, not just the university where they obtained a bachelor’s degree), use theHarvey Mudd College – Mid-Career Salary: $157,400

Harvey Mudd is consistently among the top school on our College Salary Report year after year. The small, private school of about 800 students is located in Claremont, California. HMC offers students small class sizes, and the institution has an academic focus in science and engineering, with 85 percent of graduates earning a degree in STEM.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Mid-Career Salary: $150,400

It goes without saying that MIT is one of the most prestigious universities in the U.S. Students who enter the four-year degree program at MIT can expect to perform a lot of hands-on research related to their studies. Unlike Harvey Mudd, MIT has an undergraduate population of just under five thousand, which means larger class sizes for MIT students. MIT is largely focused on engineering and research.

United States Naval Academy – Mid-Career Salary: $149,800

Military and service academies continue to be great options for students because the cost to attend is so low. The USNA campus is located near the water between the Severn River and Chesapeake Bay in Annapolis, Maryland. The curriculum at USNA is mostly focused on technology and learning skills for a career in service.

California Institute of Technology – Mid-Career Salary: $143,100

It’s not uncommon to see technology-focused universities take the top spot on our college rankings. As one of the top universities in California, CalTech has a lot to offer students ranging from university sponsored research opportunities to an athletics program that is sure to thrill. There are around one thousand undergraduates enrolled at CalTech, and ninety-six percent of those students are studying STEM-related subjects.


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