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
26Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$48,900$95,60038%20%

26Susquehanna University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$48,900
Mid-Career Pay$95,600
% High Meaning38%
% STEM Degrees20%
27Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$66,600$94,10085%7%

27Thomas Jefferson University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$66,600
Mid-Career Pay$94,100
% High Meaning85%
% STEM Degrees7%
28Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$50,800$93,40047%13%

28Temple University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$50,800
Mid-Career Pay$93,400
% High Meaning47%
% STEM Degrees13%
29Private School, Religious, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$51,800$93,20052%10%

29Duquesne University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$51,800
Mid-Career Pay$93,200
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees10%
30Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$47,800$93,00035%6%

30Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University)
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$47,800
Mid-Career Pay$93,000
% High Meaning35%
% STEM Degrees6%
31Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$50,100$92,30055%29%

31Juniata College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$50,100
Mid-Career Pay$92,300
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees29%
32Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$51,100$91,90041%13%

32Moravian College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$51,100
Mid-Career Pay$91,900
% High Meaning41%
% STEM Degrees13%
32Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$46,200$91,90046%21%

32Lycoming College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$46,200
Mid-Career Pay$91,900
% High Meaning46%
% STEM Degrees21%
34Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$48,300$91,60042%21%

34Washington & Jefferson College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$48,300
Mid-Career Pay$91,600
% High Meaning42%
% STEM Degrees21%
35Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$49,600$91,20053%10%

35Wilkes University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$49,600
Mid-Career Pay$91,200
% High Meaning53%
% STEM Degrees10%
35State SchoolBachelorsPublic$48,500$91,20049%10%

35West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$48,500
Mid-Career Pay$91,200
% High Meaning49%
% STEM Degrees10%
37State SchoolBachelorsPublic$48,000$91,00050%9%

37Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$48,000
Mid-Career Pay$91,000
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees9%
38Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$50,100$90,90054%15%

38Messiah College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$50,100
Mid-Career Pay$90,900
% High Meaning54%
% STEM Degrees15%
39State SchoolBachelorsPublic$58,200$90,70045%32%

39Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Erie-Behrend College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$58,200
Mid-Career Pay$90,700
% High Meaning45%
% STEM Degrees32%
40State SchoolBachelorsPublic$51,600$90,30050%25%

40Pennsylvania State University-Penn State York
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$51,600
Mid-Career Pay$90,300
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees25%
41Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$48,600$90,10045%27%

41Elizabethtown College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$48,600
Mid-Career Pay$90,100
% High Meaning45%
% STEM Degrees27%
42Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$50,200$89,80041%3%

42Holy Family University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$50,200
Mid-Career Pay$89,800
% High Meaning41%
% STEM Degrees3%
43State SchoolBachelorsPublic$53,100$89,500N/A12%

43Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Brandywine
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$53,100
Mid-Career Pay$89,500
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees12%
44Liberal Arts School, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$47,900$89,20055%20%

44University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$47,900
Mid-Career Pay$89,200
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees20%
44State SchoolBachelorsPublic$48,000$89,20045%11%

44Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$48,000
Mid-Career Pay$89,200
% High Meaning45%
% STEM Degrees11%
46Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$45,800$89,10047%17%

46Westminster College (Pennsylvania)
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$45,800
Mid-Career Pay$89,100
% High Meaning47%
% STEM Degrees17%
47Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$52,900$88,90049%18%

47Bryn Mawr College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$52,900
Mid-Career Pay$88,900
% High Meaning49%
% STEM Degrees18%
48Liberal Arts School, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$48,700$88,00032%39%

48Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Berks
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$48,700
Mid-Career Pay$88,000
% High Meaning32%
% STEM Degrees39%
49Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$50,100$87,40045%14%

49York College of Pennsylvania
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$50,100
Mid-Career Pay$87,400
% High Meaning45%
% STEM Degrees14%
50Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$49,900$87,10064%29%

50Gannon University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$49,900
Mid-Career Pay$87,100
% High Meaning64%
% STEM Degrees29%
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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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