Best Colleges in Connecticut by Salary Potential

Connecticut has plenty of universities, but how do you choose? Read about the state’s best four-year colleges by earning potential here.

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RankSchool NameSchool TypeEarly Career Pay
Mid-Career Pay
% High Meaning
% STEM Degrees
Rank:1School Name:Yale UniversitySchool Type:Ivy League, Private School, Research University, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$70,300Mid-Career Pay:$138,300% High Meaning:53%% STEM Degrees:22%
Rank:2School Name:United States Coast Guard AcademySchool Type:Engineering, Sober School, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$67,300Mid-Career Pay:$118,100% High Meaning:68%% STEM Degrees:69%
Rank:3School Name:Wesleyan UniversitySchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolEarly Career Pay:$61,600Mid-Career Pay:$117,000% High Meaning:53%% STEM Degrees:21%
Rank:4School Name:Fairfield UniversitySchool Type:Private School, Religious, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$62,300Mid-Career Pay:$116,900% High Meaning:41%% STEM Degrees:17%
Rank:5School Name:Trinity CollegeSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolEarly Career Pay:$60,100Mid-Career Pay:$110,900% High Meaning:49%% STEM Degrees:22%
Rank:6School Name:University of ConnecticutSchool Type:Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$59,100Mid-Career Pay:$105,200% High Meaning:48%% STEM Degrees:24%
Rank:7School Name:University of HartfordSchool Type:Private School, Research University, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$55,200Mid-Career Pay:$101,600% High Meaning:53%% STEM Degrees:15%
Rank:8School Name:Connecticut CollegeSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolEarly Career Pay:$57,500Mid-Career Pay:$100,800% High Meaning:36%% STEM Degrees:30%
Rank:9School Name:Sacred Heart UniversitySchool Type:Private School, Religious, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$55,000Mid-Career Pay:$100,500% High Meaning:46%% STEM Degrees:15%
Rank:10School Name:Quinnipiac UniversitySchool Type:Private School, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$55,900Mid-Career Pay:$97,700% High Meaning:46%% STEM Degrees:10%
Rank:11School Name:University of New HavenSchool Type:Private SchoolEarly Career Pay:$52,100Mid-Career Pay:$94,800% High Meaning:52%% STEM Degrees:25%
Rank:12School Name:Central Connecticut State UniversitySchool Type:For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$53,100Mid-Career Pay:$93,700% High Meaning:45%% STEM Degrees:15%
Rank:13School Name:University of BridgeportSchool Type:Private SchoolEarly Career Pay:$49,900Mid-Career Pay:$93,600% High Meaning:59%% STEM Degrees:31%
Rank:14School Name:University of Saint JosephSchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$49,900Mid-Career Pay:$88,800% High Meaning:63%% STEM Degrees:9%
Rank:15School Name:Western Connecticut State UniversitySchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$51,700Mid-Career Pay:$88,100% High Meaning:50%% STEM Degrees:6%
Rank:16School Name:St Vincent's CollegeSchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$46,800Mid-Career Pay:$87,900% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:0%
Rank:17School Name:Eastern Connecticut State UniversitySchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$49,200Mid-Career Pay:$87,800% High Meaning:43%% STEM Degrees:14%
Rank:18School Name:Charter Oak State CollegeSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$49,200Mid-Career Pay:$85,900% High Meaning:68%% STEM Degrees:2%
Rank:18School Name:Albertus Magnus CollegeSchool Type:Business, Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$49,700Mid-Career Pay:$85,900% High Meaning:62%% STEM Degrees:2%
Rank:20School Name:Southern Connecticut State UniversitySchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$48,500Mid-Career Pay:$83,600% High Meaning:51%% STEM Degrees:6%

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There are several colleges and universities in Connecticut State included in PayScale’s College Salary Report. Some of the most well-known colleges in Connecticut include Yale University, Connecticut College, Trinity College, and the University of Connecticut. This table ranks colleges by the early career and mid-career salaries of alumni from each school who earned a bachelor’s degree, but did not go on to earn any advanced degrees.

Graduates from Connecticut’s prestigious Yale University earn a high median early career salary, and not surprisingly, graduates from Yale also go on to earn a highest mid-career median salary. Yale is the only Ivy League University in Connecticut. When we include graduates who go on to earn an advanced degree after getting their bachelor’s from Yale, we see a sizable jump in the median mid-career salary.

But you don’t have to attend an Ivy League School to increase your likelihood of a high salary after you graduate. Alumni of The University of Connecticut, in Mansfield, also have high median mid-career salaries.

Graduates from Connecticut’s 32 four-year colleges and universities go on to work in a variety of industries, including Finance and Insurance, Real Estate, Manufacturing, Tourism and Agriculture.