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2011 Highest Paid College Graduates

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These lists are fun to read but I never take them too seriously because how much someone is paid depends on so many factors, their alma mater included. That said, it’s still interesting to see who gets the top spots and this year the highest paid, as measured by both mid-career median salary and starting median salary, isn’t an Ivy League university and has an undergraduate enrollment of under 800.

  1. Harvey Mudd College: Mid-career median salary of $126,000 and a starting median salary of $68,900. 757 undergraduate enrollment with a 2010-2011 tuition of over forty thousand dollars.
  2. Princeton University: Mid-career median salary of $123,000, starting median salary of $58,900. Tuition of $36,640.
  3. Dartmouth University: Mid-career median salary of $123,000, starting median salary of $54,100. Tuition of $40,437.
  4. Harvard University: Mid-career median salary of $121,000, starting median salary of $57,300. Tuition of $38,416.
  5. California Institute of Technology: Mid-career median salary of $120,000, starting median salary of $69,900. Tuition of $36,282.

Sixth through eighth were MIT, Stanford, and Colgate, in that order.

Colleges That Bring the Highest Paycheck 2011 [CNBC]

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5 Responses to “2011 Highest Paid College Graduates”

  1. freeby50 says:

    Couple details about that list. First they ignore anyone who has grad school. So that makes the results odd for schools who have a lot of people who go to grad school. They are trying to make it an apples to apples comparison and people with masters or doctorates make more in general. Second, they don’t look at cost of living. Your average college in San Francisco will have higher wages due to many students living in SF after graduation and benefiting from higher wages. Whereas a typical Midwest school will have lower wages due to lower cost of living in the region.

    • eric says:

      I think that’s the point Jim was making; there are way too many variables to make this list useful. Nonetheless, it’s one of those things that’s fun to look at every now and then. My alma mater isn’t on the list, but I spotted a few schools that I chose not to attend despite acceptance. I wonder if I’m doom to failure… :)

  2. zapeta says:

    Interesting list but not all that useful. Looks like a combination of who you can network with and lucrative majors.

  3. Wow! I must have gone to the wrong school — or, that I’m a Canadian and we tend to make less.

    One thing to note, is the median salary really isn’t much difference among the few, but the tuition jumps 30 grand!

  4. billsnider says:

    My alma mater is not on the top ten list. So that may explain a lot about my financial situation.

    Bill Snider


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