Best Ivy League Schools by Salary Potential

Ivy League Colleges are home to some of the smartest students in the country. Discover which Ivy League college produces the highest salaried graduates.

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Bachelor's Only
All Alumni
RankSchool NameSchool TypeEarly Career Pay
Mid-Career Pay
% High Meaning
% STEM Degrees
Rank:1School Name:Harvard UniversitySchool Type:Ivy League, Private School, Research University, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$74,800Mid-Career Pay:$146,800% High Meaning:54%% STEM Degrees:19%
Rank:2School Name:Princeton UniversitySchool Type:Ivy League, Private School, Research University, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$75,200Mid-Career Pay:$139,400% High Meaning:48%% STEM Degrees:48%
Rank:3School Name:Yale UniversitySchool Type:Ivy League, Private School, Research University, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$70,300Mid-Career Pay:$138,300% High Meaning:53%% STEM Degrees:22%
Rank:4School Name:University of PennsylvaniaSchool Type:Ivy League, Private School, Research University, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$72,800Mid-Career Pay:$133,900% High Meaning:41%% STEM Degrees:21%
Rank:5School Name:Dartmouth CollegeSchool Type:Ivy League, Private School, Research University, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$71,500Mid-Career Pay:$130,900% High Meaning:44%% STEM Degrees:35%
Rank:6School Name:Cornell UniversitySchool Type:Ivy League, Private School, Research University, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$70,100Mid-Career Pay:$128,200% High Meaning:45%% STEM Degrees:43%
Rank:7School Name:Brown UniversitySchool Type:Ivy League, Private School, Research University, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$68,200Mid-Career Pay:$127,600% High Meaning:45%% STEM Degrees:43%
Rank:8School Name:Columbia University in the City of New YorkSchool Type:Ivy League, Private School, Research University, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$71,400Mid-Career Pay:$126,800% High Meaning:45%% STEM Degrees:30%

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Schools in the Ivy League have traditionally been known as the most elite colleges in America. These schools, which include some of the oldest colleges in the country, also have some of the most famous names. PayScale’s College Salary Report can help you find out which of the nation’s most famous universities produces the highest-earning alumni.

Harvard University is almost always near the top of the list for early career and mid-career salaries for bachelor’s-only alumni. Graduates with five or fewer years of experience report a healthy median salary, and after 10 years of experience, the Harvard Crimson almost always earn a median salary well into the six figures.

Dartmouth University alumni earn a lower early career salary compared to other Ivy League grads, but their median alumni salary isn’t exactly pauper’s material. And after 10 years in the workforce they usually move up the list and into the six-figure range.

Cornell grants the most STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) degrees.