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How Much is Your College Degree Worth? Salaries from Top Colleges 

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Dartmouth comes in at #1 for all schools and the University of California - Berkeley tops the list for public schools when it comes to salary potential. According to the PayScale College Salary Report, Dartmouth graduates (with only a bachelor's degree) have a median mid-career salary of $134,000 while Berkeley graduates earn $112,000.

When it comes to starting salaries, the top engineering schools offer the best short-term return on your education investment. Cal Tech and MIT had the highest median starting salaries at $75,500 and $72,200 respectively.

We've included the top 25 schools from the PayScale Salary Report as well as a list of the top 25 paying degrees.

Top 25 Schools - Median Mid-Career Salary

  1. Dartmouth College - $134,000
  2. Princeton University - $131,000
  3. Stanford University - $129,000
  4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - $126,000
  5. Yale University - $126,000
  6. Harvard University - $124,000
  7. California Institute of Technology (CIT) - $123,000
  8. Harvey Mudd College - $122,000
  9. University of Pennsylvania - $120,000
  10. University of Notre Dame - $116,000
  11. Polytechnic University of New York, Brooklyn - $114,000
  12. Cooper Union - $114,000
  13. Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) - $114,000
  14. University of Chicago - $113,000
  15. University of California, Berkeley - $112,000
  16. Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) - $111,000
  17. Rice University - $110,000
  18. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) - $110,000
  19. Cornell University - $110,000
  20. Georgetown University - $110,000
  21. Bucknell University - $110,000
  22. Brown University - $109,000
  23. Colgate University - $108,000
  24. Columbia University - $107,000
  25. Amherst College - $107,000

Top 25 Bachelor Degrees - Median Mid-Career Salary

  1. Chemical Engineering - $107,000
  2. Computer Engineering - $105,000
  3. Electrical Engineering - $103,000
  4. Aerospace Engineering - $101,000
  5. Economics - $98,600
  6. Physics - $97,300
  7. Computer Science - $95,500
  8. Industrial Engineering - $94,700
  9. Mechanical Engineering - $93,600
  10. Math - $92,400
  11. Physician Assistant - $91,700
  12. Civil Engineering - $90,500
  13. Construction - $88,900
  14. Finance - $88,300
  15. Management Information Systems (MIS) - $82,300
  16. Philosophy - $81,200
  17. International Relations - $80,900
  18. Chemistry - $79,900
  19. Marketing - $79,600
  20. Geology - $79,500
  21. Political Science - $78,200
  22. Accounting - $77,100
  23. Architecture - $76,800
  24. Information Technology (IT) - $74,800
  25. Business Management - $72,100
Source: Payscale.com College Salary Report

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Comments

Blogger aflagel   August 18, 2008 at 11:31 PM

Of course, you should check the data on this survey. First, most colleges don't have good data on their grad's salaries. Second, the few studies that have been conducted well find that your family wealth, your grades in high school, and your grades in college are the best indicators of your salary, and that once you control for these factors there is no relationship between the school you attend. In other words, if rich people already go to a school, they'll probably be rich after they graduate - but that doesn't actually help YOU. Finding a school you LIKE where you get GOOD GRADES is a better route to success!
Dr. Andrew Flagel
Dean of Admissions
George Mason University
www.notjustadmissions.com

Blogger jam1   October 13, 2008 at 4:18 PM

IThere are no Texas colleges on this list. No college grad makes near this amount of money in Texas when they graduate.... Right now I am not sure a college degree is worth it because soooo many people are going to college...we still need factory workes and others...

Blogger red_green   December 2, 2008 at 11:57 PM

Check out some technology jobs in Austin, Houston, or Dallas. (Lived in Austin from 1986 to 2008) Most of the good jobs require a degree just to get an interview. Once you have a degree you realize why it is important because you have a lot more opportunity than you did before.

Blogger ERM   February 1, 2011 at 4:47 PM

It is hard to guess exactly what YOU will get paid when you graduate, because finding and keeping a job is based on personal initiative, motivation, skill, etc.. But you can get a pretty good guess if you are enrolled in one of the highest paying degrees that your starting salary can be between $46,000 and $65,000.

Anonymous Lindsay Joiner   May 26, 2011 at 3:07 PM

I'd like to see an online college or two on the list. It would be interesting to see how they stack up against traditional schools!

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Anonymous Anonymous   June 21, 2017 at 11:07 AM

Modern studying so expensive... I remember how my mom have to work 15 hours to pay for my degree. Now, when i grown up and working as essay grader i paid for her journey through the sea for all month)

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