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
26Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$51,100$100,90049%26%

26Smith College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$51,100
Mid-Career Pay$100,900
% High Meaning49%
% STEM Degrees26%
27Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$55,000$98,30045%21%

27Western New England University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$55,000
Mid-Career Pay$98,300
% High Meaning45%
% STEM Degrees21%
28Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$48,400$96,80040%0%

28Emerson College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$48,400
Mid-Career Pay$96,800
% High Meaning40%
% STEM Degrees0%
29Liberal Arts School, Private School, Religious, Sober SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$47,800$96,00050%17%

29Gordon College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$47,800
Mid-Career Pay$96,000
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees17%
30Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$52,100$95,00053%9%

30Assumption College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$52,100
Mid-Career Pay$95,000
% High Meaning53%
% STEM Degrees9%
31Private School, Research UniversityBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$50,900$94,80035%6%

31Suffolk University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$50,900
Mid-Career Pay$94,800
% High Meaning35%
% STEM Degrees6%
32Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$50,500$94,40052%28%

32Mount Holyoke College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$50,500
Mid-Career Pay$94,400
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees28%
33Private School, Sober SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$52,800$93,40056%2%

33Simmons College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$52,800
Mid-Career Pay$93,400
% High Meaning56%
% STEM Degrees2%
34Research University, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$52,100$93,00047%22%

34University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$52,100
Mid-Career Pay$93,000
% High Meaning47%
% STEM Degrees22%
35Research University, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$52,200$92,30053%13%

35University of Massachusetts-Boston
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$52,200
Mid-Career Pay$92,300
% High Meaning53%
% STEM Degrees13%
36Business, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$50,200$91,10039%1%

36Nichols College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$50,200
Mid-Career Pay$91,100
% High Meaning39%
% STEM Degrees1%
37State SchoolBachelorsPublic$48,400$90,80044%8%

37Framingham State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$48,400
Mid-Career Pay$90,800
% High Meaning44%
% STEM Degrees8%
38Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$47,500$90,50055%0%

38Boston Architectural College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$47,500
Mid-Career Pay$90,500
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees0%
39Art, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$43,600$89,700N/A0%

39The New England Conservatory of Music
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$43,600
Mid-Career Pay$89,700
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
40Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$48,600$88,90055%19%

40Emmanuel College (Massachusetts)
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$48,600
Mid-Career Pay$88,900
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees19%
41State SchoolBachelorsPublic$46,600$88,50045%14%

41Fitchburg State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$46,600
Mid-Career Pay$88,500
% High Meaning45%
% STEM Degrees14%
42Business, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$55,600$87,200N/A0%

42National Graduate School of Quality Management
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$55,600
Mid-Career Pay$87,200
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
43Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$47,900$86,80053%9%

43Eastern Nazarene College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$47,900
Mid-Career Pay$86,800
% High Meaning53%
% STEM Degrees9%
44Art, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$48,500$86,10038%0%

44Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$48,500
Mid-Career Pay$86,100
% High Meaning38%
% STEM Degrees0%
45Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$48,100$84,50057%3%

45Curry College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$48,100
Mid-Career Pay$84,500
% High Meaning57%
% STEM Degrees3%
46State SchoolBachelorsPublic$48,400$83,90044%12%

46Worcester State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$48,400
Mid-Career Pay$83,900
% High Meaning44%
% STEM Degrees12%
47State SchoolBachelorsPublic$46,900$83,60053%8%

47Bridgewater State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$46,900
Mid-Career Pay$83,600
% High Meaning53%
% STEM Degrees8%
47Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$44,700$83,60040%0%

47Lasell College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$44,700
Mid-Career Pay$83,600
% High Meaning40%
% STEM Degrees0%
49Private School, Research UniversityBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$42,300$83,00048%2%

49Lesley University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$42,300
Mid-Career Pay$83,000
% High Meaning48%
% STEM Degrees2%
50Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$49,500$82,10051%19%

50Pine Manor College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$49,500
Mid-Career Pay$82,100
% High Meaning51%
% STEM Degrees19%
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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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