Best Colleges in Pennsylvania by Salary Potential

Investing in your education is smart. But make the smartest investment by first researching Pennsylvania’s 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$70,100$135,80042%21%

1University of Pennsylvania
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$70,100
Mid-Career Pay$135,800
% High Meaning42%
% STEM Degrees21%
2Engineering, Party School, Private School, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$67,200$135,70045%52%

2Lehigh University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$67,200
Mid-Career Pay$135,700
% High Meaning45%
% STEM Degrees52%
3Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$56,100$131,40044%36%

3Haverford College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$56,100
Mid-Career Pay$131,400
% High Meaning44%
% STEM Degrees36%
4Engineering, Private School, Research UniversityBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$73,600$131,20046%66%

4Carnegie Mellon University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$73,600
Mid-Career Pay$131,200
% High Meaning46%
% STEM Degrees66%
5Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$63,800$129,20046%45%

5Swarthmore College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$63,800
Mid-Career Pay$129,200
% High Meaning46%
% STEM Degrees45%
6Liberal Arts School, Party School, Private School, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$64,800$125,20040%40%

6Bucknell University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$64,800
Mid-Career Pay$125,200
% High Meaning40%
% STEM Degrees40%
7Liberal Arts School, Private School, Religious, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$64,200$121,20041%47%

7Lafayette College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$64,200
Mid-Career Pay$121,200
% High Meaning41%
% STEM Degrees47%
8Private School, Religious, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$63,600$117,90041%23%

8Villanova University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$63,600
Mid-Career Pay$117,900
% High Meaning41%
% STEM Degrees23%
9Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$55,900$117,20072%12%

9University of the Sciences
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$55,900
Mid-Career Pay$117,200
% High Meaning72%
% STEM Degrees12%
10Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$54,600$114,80043%23%

10Franklin and Marshall College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$54,600
Mid-Career Pay$114,800
% High Meaning43%
% STEM Degrees23%
11Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$55,900$113,60041%24%

11Gettysburg College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$55,900
Mid-Career Pay$113,600
% High Meaning41%
% STEM Degrees24%
12Private School, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$60,700$112,20047%28%

12Drexel University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$60,700
Mid-Career Pay$112,200
% High Meaning47%
% STEM Degrees28%
13Private School, Religious, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$53,700$107,00041%5%

13La Salle University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$53,700
Mid-Career Pay$107,000
% High Meaning41%
% STEM Degrees5%
14Private School, Religious, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$55,300$105,60041%6%

14Saint Joseph's University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$55,300
Mid-Career Pay$105,600
% High Meaning41%
% STEM Degrees6%
15Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$57,300$103,10047%37%

15Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$57,300
Mid-Career Pay$103,100
% High Meaning47%
% STEM Degrees37%
16Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$52,100$102,70039%40%

16Ursinus College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$52,100
Mid-Career Pay$102,700
% High Meaning39%
% STEM Degrees40%
17Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$51,700$101,70043%20%

17Muhlenberg College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$51,700
Mid-Career Pay$101,700
% High Meaning43%
% STEM Degrees20%
18Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$54,400$101,10045%12%

18University of Scranton
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$54,400
Mid-Career Pay$101,100
% High Meaning45%
% STEM Degrees12%
19Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$54,200$100,70048%22%

19Dickinson College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$54,200
Mid-Career Pay$100,700
% High Meaning48%
% STEM Degrees22%
20Liberal Arts School, Private School, Religious, Sober SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$52,600$98,30053%29%

20Grove City College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$52,600
Mid-Career Pay$98,300
% High Meaning53%
% STEM Degrees29%
21Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$54,600$97,60050%27%

21University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$54,600
Mid-Career Pay$97,600
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees27%
22Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$47,800$96,50043%10%

22Lebanon Valley College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$47,800
Mid-Career Pay$96,500
% High Meaning43%
% STEM Degrees10%
23Private School, Research UniversityBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$54,500$96,40055%13%

23Widener University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$54,500
Mid-Career Pay$96,400
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees13%
24State SchoolBachelorsPublic$54,000$96,10049%31%

24Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Harrisburg
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$54,000
Mid-Career Pay$96,100
% High Meaning49%
% STEM Degrees31%
24Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$48,700$96,10044%37%

24Allegheny College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$48,700
Mid-Career Pay$96,100
% High Meaning44%
% STEM Degrees37%
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PayScale gathered alumni salary data for dozens of colleges and universities in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania is home to over 100 colleges total, including a number universities where the typical alumni go on to earn over $100,000 per year.

The University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) is an Ivy League School with the most famous business school (Wharton) in the country, so it’s no surprise that UPenn graduates earn one of the highest mid-career median salaries, based on students for whom a bachelor’s degree is the highest degree obtained.

When it comes to early career salaries, Carnegie Melon produces the highest earners for recent grads using both bachelor’s only and all alumni salary data.

The Moore College of Art and Design has an undergrad enrollment of about 440 (making it the smallest college). Moore is also a female-only school.

The salaries of professional athletes are not included on this list, but numerous such alumni have attended (and graduated from) Pennsylvania colleges and universities. Mark DeRosa and Sean Estrada both attended University of Pennsylvania (Quakers), while Anthony Adams, Jay Alford, Levi Brown, Deon Butler, Kerry Collins, Dan Connor, Bobby Engram, Maurice Evans, John Gilmore, Robbie Gould, Bryant Johnson, Larry Johnson, Jeremy Kapinos all were Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) Lions.

Penn State’s Main Campus is also the largest school in Pennsylvania (with an enrollment of more than 40,000).


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