Colleges That Bring the Highest Paycheck 2011

The Most Lucrative Educations

Location, prestige, academic reputation and tuition are major factors for students in the college selection process, but post-graduate salary is something rarely taken into consideration. Although salaries depend heavily on a graduate’s field of work, companies are willing to pay a premium for students hailing from the nation’s top universities. But which undergraduate institutions offer the most valuable educations? Recently, released a report on the highest salary potential among the nation’s
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Location, prestige, academic reputation, and tuition are major factors for students in the college-selection process, but post-graduate salary is something rarely taken into consideration.

Although salaries depend heavily on a graduate’s field of work, companies are willing to pay a premium for students hailing from the nation’s top universities. But which undergraduate institutions offer the most valuable degrees?

Recently, PayScale.com released a report on the highest salary potential among the nation’s top colleges, and from this data, colleges and universities can be ranked by the mid-career median salaries of its graduates. For schools with the same mid-career median salaries, starting median salary determines their relative rank.

So, which schools have highest-paid graduates? Click ahead to find out!

By Paul Toscano
Updated 25 July 2011

15. Amherst College

Mid-career median salary: $107,000 Starting median salary: $54,400 Location: Amherst, Mass. 2010-2011 tuition: $40,862 College rank: 2 (Liberal Arts) Acceptance rate: 16% Total undergrad enrollment: 1,744
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Mid-career median salary: $107,000
Starting median salary: $54,400

Location: Amherst, Mass.
2010-2011 tuition: $40,862
College rank: 2 (Liberal Arts)
Acceptance rate: 16 percent
Total undergrad enrollment: 1,744

14. Bucknell University

Mid-career median salary: $115,000 Starting median salary: $55,800 Location: Lewisburg, Pa. 2010-2011 tuition: $42,342 College rank: 30 (Liberal Arts) Acceptance rate: 29.9% Total undergrad enrollment: 3,543
Photo: Bucknell University

Mid-career median salary: $115,000
Starting median salary: $55,800

Location: Lewisburg, Pa.
2010-2011 tuition: $42,342
College rank: 30 (Liberal Arts)
Acceptance rate: 29.9 percent 
Total undergrad enrollment: 3,543

13. SUNY Maritime

Mid-career median salary: $109,000 Starting median salary: $57,300 Location: Throggs Neck, N.Y. 2010-2011 tuition: $14,567* College rank: 19 Acceptance rate: 63.1% Total undergrad enrollment: 1,575
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Mid-career median salary: $109,000
Starting median salary: $57,300

Location: Throggs Neck, N.Y.
2010-2011 tuition: $14,567*
College rank: 19 (Regional North)Acceptance rate: 63.1 percent 
Total undergrad enrollment: 1,575

*This figure represents out-of-state tution. Annual in-state tuition was $6,157 in the 2010-2011 academic year.

12. College of the Holy Cross

Mid-career median salary: $112,000 Starting median salary: $48,700 Location: Worester, Mass. 2010-2011 tuition: $39,892 College rank: 32 (Liberal Arts) Acceptance rate: 36.5% Total undergrad enrollment: 2,932
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Mid-career median salary: $112,000
Starting median salary: $48,700

Location: Worester, Mass.
2010-2011 tuition: $39,892
College rank: 32 (Liberal Arts)
Acceptance rate: 36.5 percent 
Total undergrad enrollment: 2,932

11. Colgate University

Mid-career median salary: $112,000 Starting median salary: $48,700 Location: Hamilton, N.Y. 2010-2011 tuition: $41,870 College rank: 21 (Liberal Arts) Acceptance rate: 32% Total undergrad enrollment: 2,825
Photo: Colgate University

Mid-career median salary: $112,000
Starting median salary: $48,700

Location: Hamilton, N.Y.
2010-2011 tuition: $41,870
College rank: 21 (Liberal Arts)
Acceptance rate: 32 percent
Total undergrad enrollment: 2,825

10. Lehigh University

Mid-career median salary: $112,000 Starting median salary: $57,200 Location: Bethlehem, Pa. 2010-2011 tuition: $39,780 College rank: 37 (Liberal Arts) Acceptance rate: 32.8% Total undergrad enrollment: 4,809
Photo: Lehigh University

Mid-career median salary: $112,000
Starting median salary: $57,200

Location: Bethlehem, Pa.
2010-2011 tuition: $39,780
College rank: 37 (Liberal Arts)
Acceptance rate: 32.8 percent 
Total undergrad enrollment: 4,809

9. Stanford University

Mid-career median salary: $112,000 Starting median salary: $58,200 Location: Stanford, Calif. 2010-2011 tuition: $39,201 College rank: 5 (National) Acceptance rate: 8% Total undergrad enrollment: 6,602
Photo: Stanford University

Mid-career median salary: $112,000
Starting median salary: $58,200

Location: Stanford, Calif.
2010-2011 tuition: $39,201
College rank: 5 (National)
Acceptance rate: 8 percent 
Total undergrad enrollment: 6,602

8. Duke University

Mid-career median salary: $111,000 Starting median salary: $59,600 Location: Durham, N.C. 2010-2011 tuition: $40,472 College rank: 9 (National) Acceptance rate: 18.9% Total undergrad enrollment: 6,578
Photo: Duke University

Mid-career median salary: $111,000
Starting median salary: $59,600

Location: Durham, N.C.
2010-2011 tuition: $40,472
College rank: 9 (National)
Acceptance rate: 18.9 percent 
Total undergrad enrollment: 6,578

7. Polytechnic Institute of New York University

Mid-career median salary: $113,000 Starting median salary: $61,000 Location: Brooklyn, N.Y. 2010-2011 tuition: $36,284 College rank: 153 (National) Acceptance rate: 55% Total undergrad enrollment: 1,732
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Mid-career median salary: $113,000
Starting median salary: $61,000

Location: Brooklyn, N.Y.
2010-2011 tuition: $36,284
College rank: 153 (National)
Acceptance rate: 55 percent 
Total undergrad enrollment: 1,732

6. Dartmouth College 

Mid-career median salary: $114,000 Starting median salary: $51,600 Location: Hanover, N.H. 2010-2011 tuition: $40,437 College rank: 9 (National) Acceptance rate: 12.6% Total undergrad enrollment: 4,196
Photo: Dartmouth College

Mid-career median salary: $114,000
Starting median salary: $51,600

Location: Hanover, N.H.
2010-2011 tuition: $40,437
College rank: 9 (National)
Acceptance rate: 12.6 percent 
Total undergrad enrollment: 4,196

5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Mid-career median salary: $115,000 Starting median salary: $69,700 Location: Cambridge, Mass. 2010-2011 tuition: $39,212 College rank: 7 (National) Acceptance rate: 10.7% Total undergrad enrollment: 4,232
Photo: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Mid-career median salary: $115,000
Starting median salary: $69,700

Location: Cambridge, Mass.
2010-2011 tuition: $39,212
College rank: 7 (National)
Acceptance rate: 10.7 percent 
Total undergrad enrollment: 4,232

4. Harvard University

Mid-career median salary: $116,000 Starting median salary: $54,100 Location: Cambridge, Mass. 2010-2011 tuition: $38,416 College rank: 1 (National) Acceptance rate: 7.5% Total undergrad enrollment: 6,655
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Mid-career median salary: $116,000
Starting median salary: $54,100

Location: Cambridge, Mass.
2010-2011 tuition: $38,416
College rank: 1 (National)
Acceptance rate: 7.5 percent 
Total undergrad enrollment: 6,655

3. Harvey Mudd College

Mid-career median salary: $121,000 Starting median salary: $64,400 Location: Claremont, Calif. 2010-2011 tuition: $40,390 College rank: 18 (Liberal Arts) Acceptance rate: 34.1% Total undergrad enrollment: 757
Photo: Harvey Mudd College

Mid-career median salary: $121,000
Starting median salary: $64,400

Location: Claremont, Calif.
2010-2011 tuition: $40,390
College rank: 18 (Liberal Arts)
Acceptance rate: 34.1 percent 
Total undergrad enrollment: 757

2. California Institute of Technology (CalTech)

Mid-career median salary: $123,000 Starting median salary: $69,600 Location: Pasadena, Calif. 2010-2011 tuition: $36,282 College rank: 7 (National) Acceptance rate: 15.3% Total undergrad enrollment: 951
Photo: CalTech

Mid-career median salary: $123,000
Starting median salary: $69,600

Location: Pasadena, Calif.
2010-2011 tuition: $36,282
College rank: 7 (National)
Acceptance rate: 15.3 percent 
Total undergrad enrollment: 951

1. Princeton University

Mid-career median salary: $130,000 Starting median salary: $56,900 Location: Princeton, N.J. 2010-2011 tuition: $36,640 College rank: 2 (National) Acceptance rate: 10.1% Total undergrad enrollment: 5,113
Photo: Princeton University

Mid-career median salary: $130,000
Starting median salary: $56,900

Location: Princeton, N.J.
2010-2011 tuition: $36,640
College rank: 2 (National)
Acceptance rate: 10.1 percent 
Total undergrad enrollment: 5,113