Earning a PhD in any subject is no easy road. Doctoral degrees typically take four or more years to earn, and sometimes can take up to a dozen years. That can equate to a lot of student debt and a lot of delay in starting your career. So before you dive into a PhD program, consider how much alumni of different PhD programs earn with PayScale's College Salary Report.
Cutting-edge technology is what is driving our economy out of recession and into prosperity. With that in mind, it's not surprising that PhD holders who report the highest earning power come from schools that specialize in the latest tech skills. And even though we associate the West Coast with the tech boom, the top three schools on our list are East Coast universities.