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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RankSchool NameSchool TypeEarly Career Pay
Mid-Career Pay
% High Meaning
% STEM Degrees
Rank:1School Name:Massachusetts Institute of TechnologySchool Type:Engineering, Private School, Research UniversityEarly Career Pay:$86,300Mid-Career Pay:$155,200% High Meaning:52%% STEM Degrees:69%
Rank:2School Name:Harvard UniversitySchool Type:Ivy League, Private School, Research University, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$74,800Mid-Career Pay:$146,800% High Meaning:54%% STEM Degrees:19%
Rank:3School Name:Worcester Polytechnic InstituteSchool Type:Engineering, Private School, Research UniversityEarly Career Pay:$73,600Mid-Career Pay:$135,500% High Meaning:47%% STEM Degrees:86%
Rank:4School Name:Babson CollegeSchool Type:Business, Private SchoolEarly Career Pay:$72,000Mid-Career Pay:$133,800% High Meaning:37%% STEM Degrees:0%
Rank:5School Name:Williams CollegeSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolEarly Career Pay:$67,500Mid-Career Pay:$127,500% High Meaning:47%% STEM Degrees:32%
Rank:6School Name:MCPHS UniversitySchool Type:Private SchoolEarly Career Pay:$65,900Mid-Career Pay:$121,800% High Meaning:71%% STEM Degrees:2%
Rank:7School Name:Tufts UniversitySchool Type:Private School, Research UniversityEarly Career Pay:$65,200Mid-Career Pay:$118,100% High Meaning:49%% STEM Degrees:25%
Rank:8School Name:Massachusetts Maritime AcademySchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$67,900Mid-Career Pay:$117,500% High Meaning:53%% STEM Degrees:47%
Rank:9School Name:Bentley UniversitySchool Type:Business, Private SchoolEarly Career Pay:$66,600Mid-Career Pay:$116,600% High Meaning:36%% STEM Degrees:7%
Rank:10School Name:Amherst CollegeSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolEarly Career Pay:$63,800Mid-Career Pay:$116,500% High Meaning:45%% STEM Degrees:32%
Rank:11School Name:Boston CollegeSchool Type:Private School, Religious, Research University, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$63,600Mid-Career Pay:$115,400% High Meaning:43%% STEM Degrees:13%
Rank:12School Name:College of the Holy CrossSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private School, Religious, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$61,800Mid-Career Pay:$114,600% High Meaning:46%% STEM Degrees:24%
Rank:13School Name:Boston UniversitySchool Type:Private School, Research University, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$61,400Mid-Career Pay:$113,600% High Meaning:43%% STEM Degrees:25%
Rank:14School Name:Brandeis UniversitySchool Type:Private School, Research UniversityEarly Career Pay:$60,600Mid-Career Pay:$113,200% High Meaning:48%% STEM Degrees:29%
Rank:15School Name:Wentworth Institute of TechnologySchool Type:Private SchoolEarly Career Pay:$62,700Mid-Career Pay:$112,700% High Meaning:53%% STEM Degrees:39%
Rank:16School Name:Northeastern UniversitySchool Type:Private School, Research University, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$62,500Mid-Career Pay:$109,700% High Meaning:46%% STEM Degrees:40%
Rank:17School Name:University of Massachusetts-LowellSchool Type:Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$58,800Mid-Career Pay:$109,300% High Meaning:53%% STEM Degrees:35%
Rank:18School Name:Wellesley CollegeSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolEarly Career Pay:$58,900Mid-Career Pay:$106,200% High Meaning:48%% STEM Degrees:34%
Rank:19School Name:Stonehill CollegeSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$55,900Mid-Career Pay:$103,200% High Meaning:42%% STEM Degrees:18%
Rank:20School Name:Western New England UniversitySchool Type:Private SchoolEarly Career Pay:$56,400Mid-Career Pay:$103,000% High Meaning:44%% STEM Degrees:21%
Rank:20School Name:University of Massachusetts-AmherstSchool Type:Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$57,400Mid-Career Pay:$103,000% High Meaning:46%% STEM Degrees:24%
Rank:22School Name:Merrimack CollegeSchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$56,000Mid-Career Pay:$102,500% High Meaning:50%% STEM Degrees:13%
Rank:23School Name:Clark UniversitySchool Type:Private School, Research UniversityEarly Career Pay:$52,600Mid-Career Pay:$101,400% High Meaning:47%% STEM Degrees:14%
Rank:24School Name:Smith CollegeSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolEarly Career Pay:$52,700Mid-Career Pay:$98,200% High Meaning:51%% STEM Degrees:26%
Rank:25School Name:Wheaton College (Massachusetts)School Type:Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolEarly Career Pay:$52,600Mid-Career Pay:$97,500% High Meaning:46%% STEM Degrees:28%

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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.