Highest-Paid MBA Alumni 2011

  1. Harvard, Wharton, Stanford Produce World's Richest Grads
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    Harvard, Wharton, Stanford Produce World's Richest Grads

    For many students, increased earning power embodies the real value in pursuing an MBA. Which programs are best at helping grads achieve this goal over the course of a career? The numbers will surprise you.

    The following slides list the median cash compensation—base salary and bonus—for each school's MBA graduates with less than two years' experience, 10 years' experience, and 20 years' experience, as well as an estimate of their total earnings over a career spanning two decades.

    The upshot? According to data compiled for Bloomberg Businessweek by PayScale, a Wharton MBA has 93 percent of the value of a Harvard MBA. University of Chicago, 81 percent. University at Buffalo? Just 49 percent.

    On average, graduates from top MBA programs—Bloomberg Businessweek's Top 57 U.S. full-time programs—earned about $2.4 million each over a 20-year career, or $122,146 annually. You get what you pay for. Graduates of the 10 programs with the highest earnings brought home an average of just over $3 million apiece, or $153,568 a year, compared with just under $2.3 million, or $114,752 a year, for the remaining 47 schools. That's a pay premium of more than 25 percent.

    Methodology Note: The salary data in this slide show were supplied by PayScale, which collects them from individuals through online pay-comparison tools. For each school, PayScale tallied the median cash compensation—including base pay and bonuses, while excluding stock and options—for MBA graduates at five points in their careers, three of which are shown here. Years of experience includes pre-MBA experience, and individual categories include MBAs with more or less experience. Most individuals with less than two years' experience are career-switchers. The data are based on a sample of 24,000 MBA graduates from the 57 top schools; most median figures shown represent approximately 100 to 300 actual salaries per school. Using the median salaries and average annual growth rates for each school, Bloomberg Businessweek calculated a very rough estimate of earnings over the entire 20-year period. Notable alumni include graduates with MBAs and other advanced management degrees, unless otherwise noted.
  2. University at Buffalo
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    University at Buffalo

    Median cash compensation for Buffalo graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $49,300

    10 years' experience: $90,100

    20 years' experience: $108,000

    Career total: $1,768,477

    Notable alumni:

    John Alm, former president, CEO, Coca-Cola

    Mark Zmijewski, deputy dean, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago

    John Hewitt, chairman, president, CEO, founder, Liberty Tax Service*

    Millard Drexler, chairman, CEO, J Crew Group*

    *Undergraduate alumnus

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  3. Texas A&M University (Mays)
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    Texas A&M University (Mays)

    Median cash compensation for Mays graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $55,900

    10 years' experience: $90,700

    20 years' experience: $107,000

    Career total: $1,828,890

    Notable alumni:

    Craig Brown, president, founder, CEO, Bray International

    James Stark, first vice-president, CB Richard Ellis

    Robert Jordan, executive vice-president-strategy and planning, Southwest Airlines

    Joe Canterbury, vice-president-business development, Starbucks Coffee

    Vishal Puri, vice-president, Capital One

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  4. University of Pittsburgh (Katz)
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    University of Pittsburgh (Katz)

    Median cash compensation for Katz graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $52,000

    10 years' experience: $91,100

    20 years' experience: $133,000

    Career total: $1,851,868

    Notable alumni:

    Susan Arnold, former vice-chairman, Procter & Gamble

    Joe Muscari, chairman and CEO, Minerals Technologies

    Frank Ning, chairman, Cofco

    Robert Pasterick, president, Boeing Shared Services Group

    Paul Saville, president and CEO, NVR

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  5. Howard University
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    Howard University

    Median cash compensation for Howard graduates

    Less than two years experience: $65,800

    10 years experience: $98,600

    20 years experience: $115,000

    Career total: $1,959,698

    Notable alumni:

    Marcia Griffin, president, founder, HomeFree USA

    Cecil St. Jules, vice-president, Bank of New York Mellon

    Rodney Thomas, chairman and CEO, Thomas & Herbert Consulting

    Gerard Gibbons, president, U.S. Sales, United Parcel Service*

    *Undergraduate alumnus

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  6. University of Wisconsin, Madison
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    University of Wisconsin, Madison

    Median cash compensation for Wisconsin graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $71,200

    10 years' experience: $89,800

    20 years' experience: $113,000

    Career total: $1,916,643

    Notable alumni:

    Curt Culver, chairman, CEO, MGIC Investment

    Jeffrey Diermeier, former president, CEO, CFA Institute

    David Lesar, chairman, president, CEO, Halliburton

    Albert Nicholas, CEO, Nicholas

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  7. Tulane University (Freeman)
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    Tulane University (Freeman)

    Median cash compensation for Freeman graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $66,700

    10 years' experience: $104,000

    20 years' experience: $125,000

    Career total: $1,983,913

    Notable alumni:

    Regina Benjamin, U.S. Surgeon General

    Shannon Burchett, president and CEO, Risk Limited

    Ricardo Salinas Pliego, chairman and president, Grupo Elektra

    James Burke, president and CEO, TXU Energy

    Keith Blackwell, chairman and CEO, Bristol Technology

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  8. Pennsylvania State University (Smeal)
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    Pennsylvania State University (Smeal)

    Median cash compensation for Smeal graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $64,300

    10 years' experience: $106,000

    20 years' experience: $119,000

    Career total: $2,018,648

    Notable alumni:

    Dan Mead, president and CEO, Verizon Wireless

    Lisa Baird, chief marketing officer, U.S. Olympic Committee

    Pierre Cohade, president-Asia Pacific region, Goodyear Tire & Rubber

    William Pagonis, retired lieutenant general, U.S. Army; former executive vice-president of logistics, Sears, Roebuck

    Jim Stengel, former global marketing officer, Procter & Gamble

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  9. Case Western Reserve University (Weatherhead)
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    Case Western Reserve University (Weatherhead)

    Median cash compensation for Weatherhead graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $61,500

    10 years' experience: $95,300

    20 years' experience: $131,000

    Career total: $2,022,179

    Notable alumni:

    John Breen, former chairman and director, Sherwin-Williams

    Clayton Deutsch, CEO and president, Boston Private Financial Holdings

    Chuck Fowler, president, Fairmount Minerals

    John Neff, former senior vice-president and director, Wellington Management

    Donald Washkewicz, president, chairman, and CEO, Parker Hannifin

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  10. Northeastern University
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    Northeastern University

    Median cash compensation for Northeastern graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $60,900

    10 years' experience: $102,000

    20 years' experience: $127,000

    Career total: $2,033,665

    Notable alumni:

    Nikesh Arora, senior vice-president and chief business officer, Google

    Seymour Sternberg, former chairman, New York Life Insurance

    George Chamillard, former chairman and CEO, Teradyne

    Jeffrey Clarke, chairman, Orbitz Worldwide

    Kenneth Hale, CFO, Glasshouse Technologies

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  11. Arizona State University (Carey)
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    Arizona State University (Carey)

    Median cash compensation for Carey graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $68,800

    10 years' experience: $98,400

    20 years' experience: $139,000

    Career total: $2,111,383

    Notable alumni:

    Christopher Cookson, president-technology, Sony Pictures Entertainment

    Cristina Morgan, managing director-investment banking, JPMorgan Chase

    George Schreiber Jr., president and CEO, Semco Energy

    MaryAnn Miller, chief human resources officer, Avnet

    John Maeda, president, Rhode Island School of Design

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  12. University of Georgia (Terry)
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    University of Georgia (Terry)

    Median cash compensation for Terry graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $53,400

    10 years' experience: $101,000

    20 years' experience: $138,000

    Career total: $2,113,088

    Notable alumni:

    J. Wesley Rogers, president and CEO, Landmark Properties

    Alice Lusk, CEO, Lusk Moore & Associates

    O. Mason Hawkins, chairman and CEO, Southeastern Asset Management

    William Carter Henning Jr., CEO, Tenet Healthcare

    Edwin Waylan Hortman Jr., president and CEO, Ameris Bancorp

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  13. College of William & Mary (Mason)
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    College of William & Mary (Mason)

    Median cash compensation for Mason graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $69,300

    10 years' experience: $105,000

    20 years' experience: $140,000

    Career total: $2,114,006

    Notable alumni:

    Larry Pope, CEO, Smithfield Foods

    Amy C. McPherson, president and managing director-European Lodging, Marriott International

    Susan Perry O'Day, senior vice-president, chief information officer, Walt Disney

    James McCabe, senior vice-president and CFO, Chick-Fil-A

    C. Michael Petters, CEO, Huntington Ingalls

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  14. Wake Forest University
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    Wake Forest University

    Median cash compensation for Wake Forest graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $76,800

    10 years' experience: $98,400

    20 years' experience: $133,000

    Career total: $2,117,417

    Notable alumni:

    Charles Ergen, founder and chairman, Dish Network

    Warren Stephens, chairman, president, CEO, Stephens

    Eric Wiseman, chairman and president, CEO, VF

    David Dupree, managing director and CEO, Halifax Group

    Donald Flow, chairman and CEO, Flow Automotive

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  15. University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
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    University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign

    Median cash compensation for Illinois graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $71,800

    10 years' experience: $101,000

    20 years' experience: $129,000

    Career total: $2,137,406

    Notable alumni:

    Alan Feldman, chairman, president, Midas

    Thomas Siebel, founder, former chairman, president, and CEO, Siebel Systems

    Wilma Smelcer, former chairman, Bank of America, Illinois

    Janet Valentic, senior vice-president-sustainability, Scotts Miracle Gro

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  16. Ohio State University (Fisher)
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    Ohio State University (Fisher)

    Median cash compensation for Fisher graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $68,700

    10 years' experience: $102,000

    20 years' experience: $144,000

    Career total: $2,148,699

    Notable alumni:

    James Rohr, chairman and CEO, PNC Financial Services Group

    James O'Brien, chairman and CEO, Ashland

    W. Mark Schmitz, vice-president and CFO, Goodyear Peru

    Clayton Daley Jr., former CFO, Procter & Gamble

    Jeffrey Montie, former president, Kellogg International

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  17. Indiana University (Kelley)
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    Indiana University (Kelley)

    Median cash compensation for Kelley graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $68,700

    10 years' experience: $104,000

    20 years' experience: $135,000

    Career total: $2,156,038

    Notable alumni:

    John Chambers, chairman and CEO, Cisco Systems

    R. David Hoover, chairman, Ball

    J. Wayne Leonard, chairman and CEO, Entergy

    Jeffrey Fettig, chairman and CEO, Whirlpool

    Brad Alford, chairman and CEO, Nestlé USA

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  18. George Washington University
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    George Washington University

    Median cash compensation for George Washington graduates:

    Less than two years' experience: $63,500

    10 years' experience: $99,100

    20 years' experience: $144,000

    Career total: $2,157,572

    Notable alumni:

    Clayton Jones, chairman and CEO, Rockwell Collins

    Kun-Hee Lee, chairman, Samsung Electronics

    Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State

    Edward Liddy, former chairman and CEO, AIG

    George Wellde Jr., former vice-chairman, Goldman Sachs

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  19. Washington University, St. Louis (Olin)
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    Washington University, St. Louis (Olin)

    Median cash compensation for Olin graduates

    Less than two years experience: $79,800

    10 years experience: $104,000

    20 years experience: $129,000

    Career total: $2,167,696

    Notable alumni:

    James Hance Jr., chairman, Sprint Nextel; former CFO, Bank of America

    David Peacock, president, Anheuser-Busch

    William Shaw, former president and chief operating officer, Marriott International

    Steven Leer, chairman and CEO, Arch Coal

    Steve Fossett, options trader and adventurer

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  20. University of Minnesota (Carlson)
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    University of Minnesota (Carlson)

    Median cash compensation for Carlson graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $78,000

    10 years' experience: $103,000

    20 years' experience: $129,000

    Career total: $2,168,883

    Notable alumni:

    John Stumpf, chairman, president, and CEO, Wells Fargo

    David Hubers, former chairman, president, and CEO, American Express Financial Advisors

    Michael Mee, former executive vice-president and CFO, Bristol-Myers Squibb

    William Van Dyke, former chairman, president, and CEO, Donaldson

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  21. Michigan State University (Broad)
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    Michigan State University (Broad)

    Median cash compensation for Broad graduates

    Less than two years experience: $81,600

    10 years experience: $103,000

    20 years experience: $144,000

    Career total: $2,175,892

    Notable alumni:

    James Cornelius, chairman and former CEO, Bristol-Myers Squibb

    Robert Chapek, president of distribution, Walt Disney

    Ted Neely, managing director, Goldman Sachs

    Francisco Itzaina, CEO, Rolls Royce South America

    David Cosper, vice-chairman and CFO, Sonic Automotive

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  22. University of Rochester (Simon)
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    University of Rochester (Simon)

    Median cash compensation for Simon graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $70,400

    10 years' experience: $109,000

    20 years' experience: $133,000

    Career total: $2,189,773

    Notable alumni:

    Robert Keegan, chairman and former president and CEO, Goodyear Tire & Rubber

    Martin Ellis, president and CEO, Agilysys

    Mark Ain, co-founder and former chairman and CEO, Kronos

    Jay Benet, vice-chairman and chief financial officer, Travelers

    Jack Davies, founder and former president, AOL International

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  23. University of Washington (Foster)
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    University of Washington (Foster)

    Median cash compensation for Foster graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $81,700

    10 years' experience: $109,000

    20 years' experience: $134,000

    Career total: $2,241,824

    Notable alumni:

    Peter Klein, CFO, Microsoft

    Michelle Gass, president, Seattle's Best Coffee

    Bill Ayer, chairman and CEO, Alaska Airlines

    Richard Jalichandra, president and CEO, Technorati Media

    Daniel Fulton, president and CEO, Weyerhaeuser

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  24. Rutgers University
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    Rutgers University

    Median cash compensation for Rutgers graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $65,300

    10 years' experience: $110,000

    20 years' experience: $145,000

    Career total: $2,249,443

    Notable alumni:

    Robert Campbell, former vice-chairman, Johnson & Johnson

    Mei-Wei Cheng, president and CEO, Siemens

    John Ruffle, former vice-chairman, JP Morgan

    Thomas Renyi, former chairman and CEO, Bank of New York

    Irwin Lerner, chairman emeritus, Medarex
  25. University of Maryland (Smith)
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    University of Maryland (Smith)

    Median cash compensation for Smith graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $70,000

    10 years' experience: $108,000

    20 years' experience: $141,000

    Career total: $2,252,630

    Notable alumni:

    Scott Wine, CEO, Polaris Industries

    Carleton Fiorina, former chairman and CEO, Hewlett-Packard

    Paul Norris, former chairman, president, and CEO, W.R. Grace

    Dennis Corrigan, vice-president for revenue management, JetBlue

    Jerry Sheridan, chief operating officer, AmeriGas Propane

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  26. Boston College (Carroll)
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    Boston College (Carroll)

    Median cash compensation for Carroll graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $70,000

    10 years' experience: $103,000

    20 years' experience: $143,000

    Career total: $2,253,056

    Notable alumni:

    Amit Chandra, country head and managing director, Bain Capital (India)

    Rob Manning, chairman and CEO, MFS Investment Management

    Stan Shelton, managing partner, Windham Capital Management

    Richard Melia, president and CEO, Covidien

    Fay Donahue, president and CEO, Dental Services of Massachusetts

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  27. Brigham Young University (Marriott)
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    Brigham Young University (Marriott)

    Median cash compensation for Marriott graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $74,900

    10 years' experience: $104,000

    20 years' experience: $140,000

    Career total: $2,278,861

    Notable alumni:

    Kevin Rollins, former president and CEO, Dell

    Andrea Thomas, senior vice-president for sustainability, Wal-Mart

    Fraser Bullock, co-founder and managing director, Sorenson Capital

    Robert Parsons Jr., executive vice-president and CFO, Exclusive Resorts

    David Checketts, chairman, Sports Capital Partners; owner, St. Louis Blues hockey team

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  28. Boston University
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    Boston University

    Median cash compensation for Boston graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $79,000

    10 years' experience: $107,000

    20 years' experience: $133,000

    Career total: $2,293,572

    Notable alumni:

    Jerald Fishman, president and CEO, Analog Devices

    Derrick Meyer, former president and CEO, Advanced Micro Devices

    Edward Zander, former chairman and CEO, Motorola

    Christine Poon, former vice-chairman, Johnson & Johnson

    Ellen Bovarnick, former vice-president-lean Six Sigma & global quality, Nortel Networks

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  29. Southern Methodist University (Cox)
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    Southern Methodist University (Cox)

    Median cash compensation for Cox graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $81,900

    10 years' experience: $109,000

    20 years' experience: $149,000

    Career total: $2,313,272

    Notable alumni:

    Mark Blinn, president and CEO, Flowserve

    Edward Rust Jr., chairman, president, and CEO, State Farm Insurance

    Eckhard Pfeiffer, former president and CEO, Compaq Computer

    Richard Clemmer, chairman, president, and CEO, NXP Semiconductors

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  30. Purdue University (Krannert)
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    Purdue University (Krannert)

    Median cash compensation for Krannert graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $77,300

    10 years' experience: $117,000

    20 years' experience: $139,000

    Career total: $2,314,025

    Notable alumni:

    Paul Varga, chairman and CEO, Brown-Forman

    Joe Forehand, former chairman and CEO, Accenture

    Jack Hockema, chairman, president, and CEO, Kaiser Aluminum

    Marshall Larsen, chairman, president, and CEO, Goodrich

    John Krenicki, former president and CEO, GE Energy

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  31. Georgia Institute of Technology
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    Georgia Institute of Technology

    Median cash compensation for Georgia Tech graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $75,900

    10 years' experience: $103,000

    20 years' experience: $150,000

    Career total: $2,345,444

    Notable alumni:

    Tom Fanning, chairman, president, CEO, Southern Co.

    George Caviness, director of MIS, Rothschild Asset Management

    Warren Hood Jr., chairman and CEO, Hood Cos.

    Robert Prather Jr., president and chief operating officer, Gray Television

    Mark Mele, senior vice-president for corporate strategy, Alliant Techsystems

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  32. Babson College (Olin)
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    Babson College (Olin)

    Median cash compensation for Olin graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $78,500

    10 years' experience: $114,000

    20 years' experience: $145,000

    Career total: $2,349,168

    Notable alumni:

    Thomas Georgens, president and CEO, NetApp

    Robert Davis, founder, former president, and CEO, Lycos

    William Green, chairman, Accenture

    Bruce Herring, chief investment officer, Fidelity Investments

    Akio Toyoda, president, CEO, Toyota

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  33. Thunderbird School of Global Management
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    Thunderbird School of Global Management

    Median cash compensation for Thunderbird graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $76,900

    10 years' experience: $118,000

    20 years' experience: $146,000

    Career total: $2,358,652

    Notable alumni:

    William Perez, former president and CEO, Wrigley

    Frances Aldrich Sevilla-Sacasa, former president and CEO, U.S. Trust

    Raymundo Yu Jr., former chairman, Merrill Lynch Asia Pacific

    John Lampe, former chairman, president, and CEO, Bridgestone Americas

    Walid Chammah, chairman and CEO, Morgan Stanley International

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  34. Rice University (Jones)
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    Rice University (Jones)

    Median cash compensation for Jones graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $79,700

    10 years' experience: $121,000

    20 years' experience: $143,000

    Career total: $2,443,862

    Notable alumni:

    Douglas Foshee, chairman, president and CEO, El Paso

    James Turley, chairman and CEO, Ernst & Young

    Fran Vallejo, vice-president and treasurer-finance, ConocoPhillips

    Subha Barry, chief diversity officer, Freddie Mac

    Robert Foye, chief marketing, customer, and commercial officer, Greater China & Korea Division, Coca-Cola

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  35. University of Southern California (Marshall)
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    University of Southern California (Marshall)

    Median cash compensation for Marshall graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $86,400

    10 years' experience: $118,000

    20 years' experience: $143,000

    Career total: $2,446,050

    Notable alumni:

    William Chiasson, chairman, LeapFrog Enterprises

    Alexander Cunningham, CEO, WellCare Health Plans

    Yang Ho Cho, chairman, Hanjin Group

    Chris DeWolfe, co-founder and former CEO, MySpace

    Stephen Goodall, president and CEO, J.D. Power & Associates

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  36. University of Michigan (Ross)
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    University of Michigan (Ross)

    Median cash compensation for Ross graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $99,500

    10 years' experience: $118,000

    20 years' experience: $143,000

    Career total: $2,495,495

    Notable alumni:

    Timothy Wadhams, president and CEO, Masco

    John Faraci, chairman and CEO, International Paper

    Keith Alessi, president and CEO, Westmoreland Coal

    Charles McClure Jr., chairman, president, and CEO, Meritor

    Stephen Sanger, former chairman and CEO, General Mills

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  37. University of Texas, Austin (McCombs)
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    University of Texas, Austin (McCombs)

    Median cash compensation for McCombs graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $87,000

    10 years' experience: $120,000

    20 years' experience: $166,000

    Career total: $2,529,283

    Notable alumni:

    James Mulva, chairman and CEO, ConocoPhillips

    William Johnson, former chairman, president, and CEO, H.J. Heinz

    Richard Wambold, chairman, president, and CEO, Pactiv

    Stephen Taylor, chairman, president, and CEO, Natural Gas Services Group

    Jeff Bock, director-product marketing, Freescale Semiconductor

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  38. University of Notre Dame (Mendoza)
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    University of Notre Dame (Mendoza)

    Median cash compensation for Mendoza graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $81,800

    10 years' experience: $125,000

    20 years' experience: $154,000

    Career total: $2,554,927

    Notable alumni:

    James Wainscott, chairman, president, and CEO, AK Steel

    Paul Reilly, CEO, Raymond James Financial

    William Sheedy, group executive-Americas, Visa

    Michael Mathile, CEO, DoubleDay Holdings

    Christina Glorioso, chief marketing officer, Majesco Entertainment

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  39. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler)
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    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler)

    Median cash compensation for Kenan-Flagler graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $96,500

    10 years' experience: $116,000

    20 years' experience: $158,000

    Career total: $2,569,966

    Notable alumni:

    Matthew Mannelly, president and CEO, Prestige Brands

    Daniel Welch, chairman, president, and CEO, InterMune

    Michele Buck, senior vice-president and chief marketing officer, Hershey

    Donna Dean, chief investment officer, Rockefeller Foundation

    Stephen Harris, president, Abri Health Plan

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  40. Vanderbilt University (Owen)
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    Vanderbilt University (Owen)

    Median cash compensation for Owen graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $87,200

    10 years' experience: $122,000

    20 years' experience: $170,000

    Career total: $2,595,074

    Notable alumni:

    Douglas Parker, chairman and CEO, U.S. Airways Group

    David Farr, chairman and CEO, Emerson Electric

    A.J. Kazimi, founder, chairman, and CEO, Cumberland Pharmaceuticals

    Charles Stubbs, president and CEO, Primedia

    Debora Guthrie, chairman and CEO, Capitol Health Partners

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  41. Georgetown University (McDonough)
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    Georgetown University (McDonough)

    Median cash compensation for McDonough graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $94,600

    10 years' experience: $115,000

    20 years' experience: $170,000

    Career total: $2,618,025

    Notable alumni:

    Michael Chasen, co-founder, president, and CEO, Blackboard

    Amr ElSawy, president and CEO, Noblis

    Timothy Tassopoulos, senior vice-president for operations, Chick-fil-A

    Stephanie Olson, general counsel, Fifth Avenue Financial

    Michael Dupee, former vice-president for corporate social responsibility, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters

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  42. Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper)
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    Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper)

    Median cash compensation for Tepper graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $102,000

    10 years' experience: $126,000

    20 years' experience: $159,000

    Career total: $2,654,521

    Notable alumni:

    Paul Allaire, former chairman and CEO, Xerox

    David Coulter, former chairman and CEO, Bank of America

    Larry Kurzweil, president and chief operating officer, Universal Studios Hollywood

    Francisco D'Souza, president and CEO, Cognizant Technology Solutions

    Dina Dublon, former executive vice-president and CFO, JPMorgan Chase

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  43. Emory University (Goizueta)
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    Emory University (Goizueta)

    Median cash compensation for Goizueta graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $95,000

    10 years' experience: $121,000

    20 years' experience: $178,000

    Career total: $2,701,743

    Notable alumni:

    Alan Lacy, former chairman, president, and CEO, Sears Holdings

    Duncan Niederauer, CEO, NYSE Euronext

    Michael Golden, president and CEO, Smith & Wesson

    Paul Amos II, president and chief operating officer, Aflac

    Marvin Ellison, executive vice-president-U.S. stores, Home Depot

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  44. University of California, Los Angeles (Anderson)
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    University of California, Los Angeles (Anderson)

    Median cash compensation for Anderson graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $99,600

    10 years' experience: $131,000

    20 years' experience: $159,000

    Career total: $2,702,338

    Notable alumni:

    Robert Yost, CEO, AmerisourceBergen

    Robert Brisco, president and CEO, Internet Brands

    Ronald Nelson, chairman, president, chief operating officer, and CEO, Avis Budget Group

    William Gross, founder and co-chief investment officer, Pacific Investment Management (Pimco)

    Janice Chaffin, president-consumer business unit, Symantec

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  45. New York University (Stern)
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    New York University (Stern)

    Median cash compensation for Stern graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $98,900

    10 years' experience: $124,000

    20 years' experience: $163,000

    Career total: $2,725,321

    Notable alumni:

    James Cracchiolo, chairman and CEO, Ameriprise Financial

    George Barrett, chairman and CEO, Cardinal Health

    Alan Ennis, president and CEO, Revlon

    M. Farooq Kathwari, chairman, president, and CEO, Ethan Allen Interiors

    Roger Adams, senior vice-president and chief marketing officer, Lord & Taylor

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  46.  Cornell University (Johnson)
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    Cornell University (Johnson)

    Median cash compensation for Johnson graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $97,700

    10 years' experience: $128,000

    20 years' experience: $173,000

    Career total: $2,785,912

    Notable alumni:

    Daniel Hesse, president and CEO, Sprint-Nextel

    Irene Rosenfeld, chairman and CEO, Kraft Foods

    Randy Papadellis, president and CEO, Ocean Spray Cranberries

    James Morgan, chairman emeritus, former president, and CEO, Applied Materials

    H. Fisk Johnson, chairman and CEO, S.C. Johnson & Son

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  47. Duke University (Fuqua)
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    Duke University (Fuqua)

    Median cash compensation for Fuqua graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $99,400

    10 years' experience: $132,000

    20 years' experience: $172,000

    Career total: $2,814,183

    Notable alumni:

    Melinda Gates, co-founder and co-chairman, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    Timothy Cook, chief operating officer, Apple

    Jeffrey Kip, senior vice–president and CFO, Panera Bread

    Ron Nicol, global leader for technology, media, and telecommunications practice, Boston Consulting Group

    John Allison, former chairman and CEO, BB&T

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  48. Yale University
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    Yale University

    Median cash compensation for Yale graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $108,000

    10 years' experience: $141,000

    20 years' experience: $159,000

    Career total: $2,838,664

    Notable alumni:

    Wendi (Deng) Murdoch, former vice-president, News Corp.

    Indra Nooyi, chairman and CEO, PepsiCo

    Joaquin Avila, managing director, Carlyle Group

    Ranji Nagaswami, chief investment advisor, City of New York

    John Howard, CEO, Irving Place Capital

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  49. University of Virginia (Darden)
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    University of Virginia (Darden)

    Median cash compensation for Darden graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $102,000

    10 years' experience: $137,000

    20 years' experience: $179,000

    Career total: $2,883,197

    Notable alumni:

    George David, former chairman, president, and CEO, United Technologies

    Steve Reinemund, former chairman and CEO, PepsiCo

    John Strangfeld Jr., chairman, president, and CEO, Prudential Financial

    John Shafer Jr., former CEO, Allied Domecq Quick Service Restaurants

    John Bryan, former chairman and CEO, Sara Lee

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  50. University of Chicago (Booth)
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    University of Chicago (Booth)

    Median cash compensation for Booth graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $113,000

    10 years' experience: $132,000

    20 years' experience: $192,000

    Career total: $2,919,270

    Notable alumni:

    John Watson, chairman and CEO, Chevron

    Glen Senk, CEO, Urban Outfitters

    Roger Altman, founder and co-chairman, Evercore Partners

    Patrick Doyle, president and CEO, Domino's Pizza

    H. Thomas Watkins, president and CEO, Human Genome Sciences

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  51. University of California, Berkeley (Haas)
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    University of California, Berkeley (Haas)

    Median cash compensation for Haas graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $111,000

    10 years' experience: $135,000

    20 years' experience: $174,000

    Career total: $2,951,549

    Notable alumni:

    Paul Otellini, president and CEO, Intel

    Arun Sarin, former CEO, Vodafone

    Deborah Gallegos, chief investment officer, New York City Comptroller's Office

    Barbara Desoer, president-home loans and insurance, Bank of America

    Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert comic strip

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  52.  Northwestern University (Kellogg)
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    Northwestern University (Kellogg)

    Median cash compensation for Kellogg graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $115,000

    10 years' experience: $135,000

    20 years' experience: $195,000

    Career total: $3,034,837

    Notable alumni:

    Thomas Wilson, chairman, president, and CEO, Allstate Insurance

    Robert Simmons, former chief financial officer, ETrade Financial

    Doug Conant, president and CEO, Campbell Soup

    Gregg Steinhafel, chairman, president, and CEO, Target

    Steve Odland, former chairman and CEO, Office Depot

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  53. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan)
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    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan)

    Median cash compensation for Sloan graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $123,000

    10 years' experience: $137,000

    20 years' experience: $180,000

    Career total: $3,056,072

    Notable alumni:

    Alan Mulally, president and CEO, Ford Motor

    Carleton Fiorina, former chairman and CEO, Hewlett-Packard

    Daniel Carp, former chairman, president, and CEO, Eastman Kodak

    Robert Swanson, co-founder, Genentech

    Judy Lewent, former executive vice-president and CFO, Merck

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  54. Dartmouth College (Tuck)
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    Dartmouth College (Tuck)

    Median cash compensation for Tuck graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $131,000

    10 years' experience: $145,000

    20 years' experience: $172,000

    Career total: $3,092,471

    Notable alumni:

    Peter Dolan, former CEO, Bristol-Myers Squibb

    Christopher Sinclair, former chairman and CEO, PepsiCo

    Kevin McGrath, former president and CEO, Digital Angel

    Roger McNamee, co-founder and managing director, Elevation Partners

    Don Wilson III, former chief risk officer, JPMorgan Chase

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  55. Columbia University
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    Columbia University

    Median cash compensation for Columbia graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $115,000

    10 years' experience: $153,000

    20 years' experience: $188,000

    Career total: $3,203,292

    Notable alumni:

    Césareo Alierta Izuel, chairman and CEO, Telefónica

    Keith Sherin, vice-chairman and chief financial officer, General Electric

    Jerome Chazen, founder, Liz Claiborne

    Henry Kravis, co-founder, co-chairman, and co-CEO, KKR

    Rochelle Lazarus, chairman and former CEO, Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide

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  56. Stanford University
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    Stanford University

    Median cash compensation for Stanford graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $125,000

    10 years' experience: $157,000

    20 years' experience: $211,000

    Career total: $3,291,894

    Notable alumni:

    John Browne, former CEO, BP

    Stephen Ellis, worldwide managing director, Bain & Co.

    Richard Fairbank, co-founder, chairman, president, and CEO, Capital One

    Charles Schwab, founder and chairman, Charles Schwab

    Scott McNealy, co-founder, chairman, and former CEO, Sun Microsystems

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  57. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)
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    University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)

    Median cash compensation for Wharton graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $128,000

    10 years' experience: $155,000

    20 years' experience: $200,000

    Career total: $3,340,334

    Notable alumni:

    Lewis Platt, former chairman, president, and CEO, Hewlett-Packard

    Peter Lynch, vice-chairman, Fidelity

    James Tisch, president and CEO, Loews

    Peter Nicholas, founder, chairman, and former CEO, Boston Scientific

    David Pottruck, former president and CEO, Charles Schwab

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  58. Harvard University
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    Harvard University

    Median cash compensation for Harvard graduates

    Less than two years' experience: $126,000

    10 years' experience: $169,000

    20 years' experience: $217,000

    Career total: $3,606,601

    Notable alumni:

    James Dimon, chairman, president, and CEO, JPMorgan Chase

    Donna Dubinsky, co-founder, Palm; former president and CEO, Handspring

    John Paulson, founder and president, Paulson & Co.

    Meg Whitman, former president and CEO, eBay

    Gary Rodkin, president and CEO, ConAgra Foods

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