Best Colleges in Washington DC by Salary Potential

Washington DC is a beacon for education. Before starting a bachelor’s degree, learn about the capital’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
1Private School, Religious, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$63,700$128,30043%14%

1Georgetown University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$63,700
Mid-Career Pay$128,300
% High Meaning43%
% STEM Degrees14%
2Private School, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$59,000$119,20047%15%

2George Washington University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$59,000
Mid-Career Pay$119,200
% High Meaning47%
% STEM Degrees15%
3Private School, Religious, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$53,700$106,50044%3%

3American University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$53,700
Mid-Career Pay$106,500
% High Meaning44%
% STEM Degrees3%
4Private School, Religious, Research UniversityBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$55,700$106,10057%14%

4Catholic University of America
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$55,700
Mid-Career Pay$106,100
% High Meaning57%
% STEM Degrees14%
5Private School, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$54,400$98,90056%16%

5Howard University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$54,400
Mid-Career Pay$98,900
% High Meaning56%
% STEM Degrees16%
6State SchoolBachelorsPublic$51,300$81,60055%10%

6University of the District of Columbia
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$51,300
Mid-Career Pay$81,600
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees10%
7Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$46,400$79,800N/A1%

7Trinity Washington University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$46,400
Mid-Career Pay$79,800
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees1%
8Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$40,600$70,70060%5%

8Gallaudet University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$40,600
Mid-Career Pay$70,700
% High Meaning60%
% STEM Degrees5%
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Colleges around the nation’s capitol usually prove to have higher than national averages of median early and mid-career salaries.

The data reveal that early career alumni, with 1-3 years of experience, have a high median salary from Georgetown University and from Howard University. Georgetown alumni stay ahead of the pack for mid-career pay as well.

However, the long-term earning potential of graduates from George Washington University is also high.

The Catholic University of America claims a good student-to-faculty ratio. The smallest college on the list, Strayer University, with about 1,000 undergraduates, has the highest amount of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) degrees.

When alumni are asked if they would recommend the college, Georgetown University has the highest rating, with about 90 percent recommending it.


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