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Which colleges have the highest-earning graduates?

Recently, a reader asked us:

Do I need to attend a top-rated private college to get a high-paying job after I graduate?

The general answer is “no,” although it depends on what salary is considered “high-paying.”

It is true that your professional abilities, social skills, the economy, and some other objective factors have a lot to do with how much you will get paid over the course of your career.  Graduates from prestigious Ivy- League schools typically command higher salaries than other graduates.

That being said, PayScale’s research has demonstrated that obtaining high-paying jobs is not exclusive to Ivy-League graduates, or graduates from other top private schools. Graduates from the so-called “Public Ivy” colleges and some state-supported colleges dedicated to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics have gotten the same results.

According to the latest report from the American Community Survey (issued by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2018), the median household income in the United States was $60,336 as of 2017. PayScale’s report showed that graduates from many top public colleges can out-earn the median household income per year, even when they are straight out of college.

In the list below, you will see how much graduates from top public colleges typically get paid. Salaries for alumni who have 0-5 years of work experience and over 10 years are revealed.


Public Colleges with Highest-Earning Graduates


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