Career, college and salary site PayScale.com has compiled data and created a list of the US colleges that produce the highest paid graduates. So if you've got money on the brain, make sure to check out the top 10 schools that will expand your mind and your bank account.
- Princeton University: If you're a fan of the northeast and high tuition, then Princeton is the school for you. Graduates from the Ivy League university earn an average starting salary of $58,300 and a mid-career salary of $137,000, with 49 percent high job meaning.
- Harvey Mudd College: This west coast college is known for its liberal arts and engineering programs. Graduates earn an average starting salary of $66,800 and a mid-career salary of $135,000, with 59 percent high job meaning.
- California Institute of Technology: Caltech graduates bring in an average starting salary of $67,400 and a mid-career salary of $127,000, with 58 percent high job meaning.
- United States Naval Academy (USNA) at Annapolis: If you want to stand up for your country while you study, then try USNA. The average starting salary for graduates is $72,200, while at mid-career you could be making $122,000. (There was not enough data to comment on percentage of high job meaning.)
- United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point: USMA is another military option if you'd prefer to be in the northeast. Graduates there earn an average starting salary of $76,000, and at mid-career it averages out to $120,000. (There was also no data here for percentage of high job meaning.)
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT): All you techies out there can expect to make an average starting salary of $68,400 if you go to MIT. At mid-career, your salary could be around $118,000, with 55 percent high job meaning.
- Lehigh University: Lehigh actually ties MIT for sixth place, with an average mid-career salary of $118,000. Its average starting salary, however, is lower, at $56,900, with 51 percent high job meaning.
- Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly): Engineers, rejoice! If you choose NYU-Poly, you can start your career earning an average of $56,800, and end up with $117,000 by mid-career, and 58 percent high job meaning.
- Babson College: Babson gives us another tie on the list, with the average mid-career salary at $117,000. Graduates just starting out earn an average of $56,700, with 36 percent high job meaning.
- Stanford University: Stanford round out the top 10 money-earners, with graduates starting out at a $58,200 salary and earning an average of $114,000 at mid career. The university has 59 percent high job meaning.
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