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.
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
26Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$45,200$83,50052%7%

26Caldwell University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$45,200
Mid-Career Pay$83,500
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees7%
27Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$44,300$82,10045%2%

27Centenary University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$44,300
Mid-Career Pay$82,100
% High Meaning45%
% STEM Degrees2%
28Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$49,100$78,50053%4%

28College of Saint Elizabeth
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$49,100
Mid-Career Pay$78,500
% High Meaning53%
% STEM Degrees4%
29Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$43,200$78,10048%7%

29Georgian Court University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$43,200
Mid-Career Pay$78,100
% High Meaning48%
% STEM Degrees7%
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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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