Best Colleges in New Jersey by Salary Potential

Before you enroll in a New Jersey university, find out which of the state’s schools are the best four-year colleges by earning potential.

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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$72,700$141,30047%45%

1Princeton University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$72,700
Mid-Career Pay$141,300
% High Meaning47%
% STEM Degrees45%
2Engineering, Private School, Research UniversityBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$73,600$138,90050%79%

2Stevens Institute of Technology
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$73,600
Mid-Career Pay$138,900
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees79%
3Engineering, Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$62,800$121,10052%75%

3New Jersey Institute of Technology
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$62,800
Mid-Career Pay$121,100
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees75%
4Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$57,800$111,60042%28%

4Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$57,800
Mid-Career Pay$111,600
% High Meaning42%
% STEM Degrees28%
5State SchoolBachelorsPublic$57,200$101,00044%16%

5The College of New Jersey
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$57,200
Mid-Career Pay$101,000
% High Meaning44%
% STEM Degrees16%
6Private School, Religious, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$51,800$100,20037%14%

6Saint Peter's University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$51,800
Mid-Career Pay$100,200
% High Meaning37%
% STEM Degrees14%
7Private School, Religious, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$56,000$99,90043%8%

7Seton Hall University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$56,000
Mid-Career Pay$99,900
% High Meaning43%
% STEM Degrees8%
7Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$52,100$99,90052%10%

7Felician University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$52,100
Mid-Career Pay$99,900
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees10%
9Research University, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$57,000$99,70051%11%

9Rutgers University-Newark
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$57,000
Mid-Career Pay$99,700
% High Meaning51%
% STEM Degrees11%
10Private School, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$50,200$98,30048%5%

10Rider University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$50,200
Mid-Career Pay$98,300
% High Meaning48%
% STEM Degrees5%
11Private School, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$52,500$97,60042%6%

11Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham Campus
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$52,500
Mid-Career Pay$97,600
% High Meaning42%
% STEM Degrees6%
11Private School, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$52,500$97,60042%6%

11Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham Campus
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$52,500
Mid-Career Pay$97,600
% High Meaning42%
% STEM Degrees6%
13Research University, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$49,100$97,20042%9%

13Montclair State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$49,100
Mid-Career Pay$97,200
% High Meaning42%
% STEM Degrees9%
14State SchoolBachelorsPublic$50,100$96,10042%12%

14Ramapo College of New Jersey
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$50,100
Mid-Career Pay$96,100
% High Meaning42%
% STEM Degrees12%
15Private School, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$50,800$94,20042%13%

15Monmouth University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$50,800
Mid-Career Pay$94,200
% High Meaning42%
% STEM Degrees13%
16State SchoolBachelorsPublic$52,100$93,10054%0%

16Thomas Edison State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$52,100
Mid-Career Pay$93,100
% High Meaning54%
% STEM Degrees0%
17For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$50,300$92,80049%9%

17Rutgers University-Camden
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$50,300
Mid-Career Pay$92,800
% High Meaning49%
% STEM Degrees9%
17Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$49,700$92,80043%23%

17Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$49,700
Mid-Career Pay$92,800
% High Meaning43%
% STEM Degrees23%
19Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$51,000$92,60036%16%

19Drew University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$51,000
Mid-Career Pay$92,600
% High Meaning36%
% STEM Degrees16%
20State SchoolBachelorsPublic$49,300$89,90042%7%

20William Paterson University of New Jersey
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$49,300
Mid-Career Pay$89,900
% High Meaning42%
% STEM Degrees7%
21State SchoolBachelorsPublic$47,100$89,30051%10%

21Kean University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$47,100
Mid-Career Pay$89,300
% High Meaning51%
% STEM Degrees10%
21Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$46,700$89,30055%17%

21Bloomfield College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$46,700
Mid-Career Pay$89,300
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees17%
23Research University, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$50,100$89,20043%21%

23Rowan University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$50,100
Mid-Career Pay$89,200
% High Meaning43%
% STEM Degrees21%
24State SchoolBachelorsPublic$46,100$85,00048%16%

24Stockton University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$46,100
Mid-Career Pay$85,000
% High Meaning48%
% STEM Degrees16%
25State SchoolBachelorsPublic$48,500$84,20054%9%

25New Jersey City University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$48,500
Mid-Career Pay$84,200
% High Meaning54%
% STEM Degrees9%
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Of the colleges and universities in New Jersey included in PayScale’s College Salary Report, the most prestigious names are Princeton, Rutgers, and the Stevens Institute of Technology.

Stevens Institute of Technology, located in Hoboken, is the among top colleges in New Jersey as far as the highest-paid graduates for early career, second only to Ivy-League Princeton.

Other top schools for grads with great salaries include, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Rutgers.

Princeton is the most highly recommended college in the state with most alumni indicating that they would recommend the school to others. The smallest school is Drew University, with an undergrad enrollment of about 1,500.

Alan Ginsberg is just one of the famous alumni from New Jersey colleges and universities. Other notables include: Bruce Willis, Paul Robeson, Kristin Davis, Jane Krakowski, Roy Scheider, James Gandolfini, Mario Batali, Ozzie Nelson, Sherilyn McCoy, Terry Hart, and Clark Poling. But before you look into your career on the stage, you may want to consider the path many other Jersey alum took: Professor, or Engineer.


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