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
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$72,600$142,60055%19%

1Harvard University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$72,600
Mid-Career Pay$142,600
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees19%
2Ivy League, Private School, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$72,700$141,30047%45%

2Princeton University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$72,700
Mid-Career Pay$141,300
% High Meaning47%
% STEM Degrees45%
3Ivy League, Private School, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$68,900$137,50044%35%

3Dartmouth College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$68,900
Mid-Career Pay$137,500
% High Meaning44%
% STEM Degrees35%
4Ivy League, Private School, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$70,100$135,80042%21%

4University of Pennsylvania
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$70,100
Mid-Career Pay$135,800
% High Meaning42%
% STEM Degrees21%
5Ivy League, Private School, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$68,300$135,40054%20%

5Yale University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$68,300
Mid-Career Pay$135,400
% High Meaning54%
% STEM Degrees20%
6Ivy League, Private School, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$65,400$131,60046%42%

6Brown University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$65,400
Mid-Career Pay$131,600
% High Meaning46%
% STEM Degrees42%
7Ivy League, Private School, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$69,200$127,50044%30%

7Columbia University in the City of New York
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$69,200
Mid-Career Pay$127,500
% High Meaning44%
% STEM Degrees30%
8Ivy League, Private School, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$68,200$127,10045%43%

8Cornell University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$68,200
Mid-Career Pay$127,100
% High Meaning45%
% STEM Degrees43%
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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.


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