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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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
1Ivy League, Private School, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$68,300$135,40054%20%

1Yale University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$68,300
Mid-Career Pay$135,400
% High Meaning54%
% STEM Degrees20%
2Private School, Religious, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$59,600$118,70041%17%

2Fairfield University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$59,600
Mid-Career Pay$118,700
% High Meaning41%
% STEM Degrees17%
3Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$59,300$114,70056%21%

3Wesleyan University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$59,300
Mid-Career Pay$114,700
% High Meaning56%
% STEM Degrees21%
4Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$57,600$111,60050%22%

4Trinity College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$57,600
Mid-Career Pay$111,600
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees22%
5Engineering, Sober School, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$66,400$110,90071%69%

5United States Coast Guard Academy
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$66,400
Mid-Career Pay$110,900
% High Meaning71%
% STEM Degrees69%
6Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$57,700$102,70049%24%

6University of Connecticut
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$57,700
Mid-Career Pay$102,700
% High Meaning49%
% STEM Degrees24%
7Private School, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$53,700$100,70053%15%

7University of Hartford
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$53,700
Mid-Career Pay$100,700
% High Meaning53%
% STEM Degrees15%
8Private School, Religious, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$53,700$98,30045%15%

8Sacred Heart University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$53,700
Mid-Career Pay$98,300
% High Meaning45%
% STEM Degrees15%
9Private School, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$54,600$95,70045%9%

9Quinnipiac University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$54,600
Mid-Career Pay$95,700
% High Meaning45%
% STEM Degrees9%
10Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$55,700$93,70036%30%

10Connecticut College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$55,700
Mid-Career Pay$93,700
% High Meaning36%
% STEM Degrees30%
11Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$48,300$91,50059%31%

11University of Bridgeport
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$48,300
Mid-Career Pay$91,500
% High Meaning59%
% STEM Degrees31%
12For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$52,200$91,30046%15%

12Central Connecticut State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$52,200
Mid-Career Pay$91,300
% High Meaning46%
% STEM Degrees15%
12Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$51,100$91,30054%25%

12University of New Haven
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$51,100
Mid-Career Pay$91,300
% High Meaning54%
% STEM Degrees25%
14State SchoolBachelorsPublic$51,300$91,100N/AN/A

14University of Connecticut-Stamford
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$51,300
Mid-Career Pay$91,100
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM DegreesN/A
14Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$46,900$91,100N/A0%

14St Vincent's College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$46,900
Mid-Career Pay$91,100
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
16State SchoolBachelorsPublic$48,300$85,60043%14%

16Eastern Connecticut State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$48,300
Mid-Career Pay$85,600
% High Meaning43%
% STEM Degrees14%
17State SchoolBachelorsPublic$50,800$85,20051%6%

17Western Connecticut State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$50,800
Mid-Career Pay$85,200
% High Meaning51%
% STEM Degrees6%
18Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$49,800$83,40064%9%

18University of Saint Joseph
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$49,800
Mid-Career Pay$83,400
% High Meaning64%
% STEM Degrees9%
19Liberal Arts School, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$50,000$81,00065%2%

19Charter Oak State College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$50,000
Mid-Career Pay$81,000
% High Meaning65%
% STEM Degrees2%
20State SchoolBachelorsPublic$48,200$79,70050%6%

20Southern Connecticut State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$48,200
Mid-Career Pay$79,700
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees6%
21Business, Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$50,300$79,50061%2%

21Albertus Magnus College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$50,300
Mid-Career Pay$79,500
% High Meaning61%
% STEM Degrees2%
22Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$37,200$74,400N/A0%

22Mitchell College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$37,200
Mid-Career Pay$74,400
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
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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.


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