Top 10 Colleges Where Alumni Earn The Highest Salaries

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Attending a top school can very much determine your future career. You could earn well over six-figures mid-way through your job by going to one of the best schools in the country. Although as the cost of college increases and wage growth remains low, you have to be extra careful in deciding where to spend your college years.

PayScale, a salary comparison website, recently analyzed 2,646 associate and bachelor’s degree-granting institutions throughout the United States to determine which students earned the most after graduation. When looking at the median salaries of graduates with a bachelor’s degree, it was found that 10 colleges established students with abundant wages at least five and 10 years into their careers.

Shockingly, only two of the schools on the list were Ivy League schools. What’s even more surprising is that the number one school for salary potential is a small liberal arts college, having a total undergraduate enrollment of just 844.

Here are the 10 colleges where graduates earn the most:

10. SUNY Maritime College

Early career salary: $73,300
Mid-career salary: $140,100
State: New York


9. Princeton University

Early career salary: $72,700
Mid-career salary: $141,300
State: New Jersey


8. United States Military Academy

Early career salary: $79,300
Mid-career salary: $141,900
State: New York


6. Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (tie)

Early career salary: $80,200
Mid-career salary: $142,600
State: New York


6. Harvard University (tie)

Early career salary: $72,600

Mid-career salary: $142,600

State: Massachusetts


4. California Institute of Technology (tie)

Early career salary: $83,400
Mid-career salary: $143,100
State: California


4. Stanford University (tie)

Early career salary: $76,500

Mid-career salary: $143,100

State: California

3. United States Naval Academy

Early career salary: $78,600
Mid-career salary: $149,800
State: Maryland


2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Early career salary: $83,600
Mid-career salary: $150,400
State: Massachusetts


1. Harvey Mudd College

Early career salary: $85,600
Mid-career salary: $157,400
State: California

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Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California made the top spot on PayScale’s list. The alumni make an average of $85,600 five years into their careers and $157,400 10 years into their careers. Harvey Mudd, which was founded in 1955, is a liberal arts college that focuses on undergraduate engineering and science.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) takes the second spot on the list. MIT also has an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. There are other several STEM-focused institutions ranked highly in the country, including the California Institute of Technology.

Having a major in the STEM field seems to be the reoccurring factor when it comes to earning a higher salary from these schools. All of the top 10 schools on PayScale’s list meet the STEM category, and STEM majors typically have some of the highest rates of employment and the highest incomes in the country.

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