Best Colleges in Massachusetts by Salary Potential

Massachusetts has some of the most prestigious (and expensive) schools in the nation. Find 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
1Engineering, Private School, Research UniversityBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$83,600$150,40053%69%

1Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$83,600
Mid-Career Pay$150,400
% High Meaning53%
% STEM Degrees69%
2Ivy League, Private School, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$72,600$142,60055%19%

2Harvard University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$72,600
Mid-Career Pay$142,600
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees19%
3Business, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$69,300$139,20035%0%

3Babson College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$69,300
Mid-Career Pay$139,200
% High Meaning35%
% STEM Degrees0%
4Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$64,000$135,50048%32%

4Williams College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$64,000
Mid-Career Pay$135,500
% High Meaning48%
% STEM Degrees32%
5Engineering, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$81,900$134,200N/A100%

5Franklin W Olin College of Engineering
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$81,900
Mid-Career Pay$134,200
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees100%
6Engineering, Private School, Research UniversityBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$71,700$132,50048%86%

6Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$71,700
Mid-Career Pay$132,500
% High Meaning48%
% STEM Degrees86%
7Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$62,300$123,70043%32%

7Amherst College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$62,300
Mid-Career Pay$123,700
% High Meaning43%
% STEM Degrees32%
8Liberal Arts School, Private School, Religious, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$58,800$121,00046%24%

8College of the Holy Cross
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$58,800
Mid-Career Pay$121,000
% High Meaning46%
% STEM Degrees24%
9Private School, Research UniversityBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$63,200$120,50050%25%

9Tufts University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$63,200
Mid-Career Pay$120,500
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees25%
10Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$63,700$120,40070%2%

10MCPHS University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$63,700
Mid-Career Pay$120,400
% High Meaning70%
% STEM Degrees2%
11Private School, Research UniversityBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$58,000$118,40047%29%

11Brandeis University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$58,000
Mid-Career Pay$118,400
% High Meaning47%
% STEM Degrees29%
12Private School, Religious, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$61,600$117,70043%13%

12Boston College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$61,600
Mid-Career Pay$117,700
% High Meaning43%
% STEM Degrees13%
13Business, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$64,600$116,10036%7%

13Bentley University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$64,600
Mid-Career Pay$116,100
% High Meaning36%
% STEM Degrees7%
14Private School, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$58,900$115,70042%24%

14Boston University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$58,900
Mid-Career Pay$115,700
% High Meaning42%
% STEM Degrees24%
15State SchoolBachelorsPublic$67,200$114,60054%47%

15Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$67,200
Mid-Career Pay$114,600
% High Meaning54%
% STEM Degrees47%
16Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$61,300$111,60053%39%

16Wentworth Institute of Technology
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$61,300
Mid-Career Pay$111,600
% High Meaning53%
% STEM Degrees39%
17Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$57,400$107,30053%35%

17University of Massachusetts-Lowell
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$57,400
Mid-Career Pay$107,300
% High Meaning53%
% STEM Degrees35%
18Private School, Research UniversityBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$50,200$105,90043%11%

18Clark University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$50,200
Mid-Career Pay$105,900
% High Meaning43%
% STEM Degrees11%
18Private School, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$61,200$105,90047%40%

18Northeastern University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$61,200
Mid-Career Pay$105,900
% High Meaning47%
% STEM Degrees40%
20Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$54,000$104,90043%18%

20Stonehill College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$54,000
Mid-Career Pay$104,900
% High Meaning43%
% STEM Degrees18%
21Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$56,600$103,90050%34%

21Wellesley College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$56,600
Mid-Career Pay$103,900
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees34%
22Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$54,700$103,00048%13%

22Merrimack College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$54,700
Mid-Career Pay$103,000
% High Meaning48%
% STEM Degrees13%
23Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$44,800$102,90050%16%

23Hampshire College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$44,800
Mid-Career Pay$102,900
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees16%
24Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$55,800$102,00046%23%

24University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$55,800
Mid-Career Pay$102,000
% High Meaning46%
% STEM Degrees23%
25Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$51,300$101,30045%28%

25Wheaton College (Massachusetts)
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$51,300
Mid-Career Pay$101,300
% High Meaning45%
% STEM Degrees28%
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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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