Which College Grads Earn the Most?

A new study ranks the earning potential of graduates from the top colleges in the U.S.

It makes sense that graduating from a prestigious school with a strong network of well-positioned alumni can lay the foundation for a high-paying job. But how much does your potential to earn big bucks as a midcareer professional have to do with the name brand of that bachelor's degree hanging on your wall? A new report from PayScale.com points to a pretty significant link.

BusinessWeek.com used data from the PayScale report to compare top earning alumni across the nation and found that—even 10 or more years into their careers—graduates of prestigious institutions, especially Ivy League universities, earned the biggest salaries. (The study reflects only undergraduate schools and does not include graduate degrees.)

Yale University topped the list, which ranked in the 90th percentile of midcareer salaries of alumni from each institution (Employees in this range include CEOs, CFOs, other C-level executives, stock traders, and hedge fund managers). Top earners with Yale degrees typically earned $326,000 a year compared with the best-paid graduates of, say, Kent State University, a respectable public university in Ohio, who earned $124,000, on average.

Elis in the Lead

The starting median salary for a Yale graduate was $59,100, the 19th best starting salary in the nation and just behind the median salary for a recent graduate of Lehigh University, a highly selective private university in Bethlehem, Pa. But the midcareer median for a Yale graduate was $126,000, compared with $105,000 at Lehigh.

All of the Ivy League schools made the top 25. Other colleges on the list include Colgate, Stanford, University of Chicago, Bucknell, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Union College, Lehigh, Villanova, Vanderbilt, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Duke, New York University, and Rice.

Interestingly, median starting salaries for alumni of MIT, California Institute of Technology, and Harvey Mudd College, which have strong engineering programs, are the highest in the country ($75,500, $72,200, and $71,800). But the salaries do not get as high for midcareer professionals from those schools as they do for graduates of the elite liberal arts schools.

Become a Manager

Graduates with technical skills do well in the short term. But in the long run, it's the folks who move into management positions that take home the biggest paychecks. Top earners who majored in economics or finance have higher salaries than any other major, followed by chemical engineering, math, and physics, according to PayScale.com.

"If you can take technical skills and turn them into something entrepreneurial," you have the chance to make a top salary, says Russell Miller, managing director at Executive Compensation Advisors in New York. "Lots of people who graduate from MIT start up their own technology firms."

It might be that alumni from top schools choose professions that pay better, says Al Lee, director of quantitative analysis at PayScale.com, which provides real-time salary information to individuals and employers. "Whether it's because they're better connected or more ambitious," he says, "the net effect is that they are more ambitious when it comes to money."

The Dartmouth Route

Dartmouth graduates, who have the highest midcareer median salaries in the nation, tend to gravitate to financial services and consulting jobs, but plenty of graduates also work in teaching and public service, says Monica Wilson, the university's associate director for career services.

Dartmouth graduates include U.S. Treasury Secretary and former Goldman Sachs (GS) chief Henry Paulson, Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of General Electric (GE) and former IBM (IBM) CEO Louis Gerstner.

"The raw talent is a primary factor, but I think the experience somebody gets at their college plays a part," Wilson says. "The network of people you meet and the kinds of experiences you have in and out of the classrooms helps form who you are and what you become."

But Does School Brand Matter?

Universities that made the top 50 have good reason to tout the report, which will likely help attract top students and justify high tuition costs. But it's not clear that the universities themselves are responsible for the salaries of their graduates.

A study completed in the late 1990s by Princeton economist Alan Krueger and researcher Stacy Berg Dale concluded that Ivy League graduates are better paid than others, but not because of what they learned in school, or even alumni connections. It's just that elite colleges select students for such characteristics as intelligence and drive, which also relate to earning potential. The study found that students who graduated from Ivy League institutions earned about the same as graduates with similar abilities who went elsewhere.

Jay Matthews, a Washington Post education columnist and author of Harvard Schmarvard: Getting Beyond the Ivy League to the College That Is Best for You, says it makes little sense to choose a college based on the salary of its graduates. "The happiest and richest people look for schools to help them develop their talents in whatever field that owns their soul," says Matthews, who graduated from Harvard.

"People in my class were very good at jobs where they follow rules: doctors, lawyers, professions where you learn stuff and do it by the book," Matthews says. "People who really break out of the envelope, the really creative people in the world, far more often than not did not go to brand-name schools."

Tables:

See What Ivy League School Grads Earn

See What Engineering School Grads Earn

See What Liberal Arts College Grads Earn

See What Public University Grads Earn

See What Party School Grads Earn

See What Ivy League School Grads Earn

School Name Median Total Cash Compensation: Starting Median Total Cash Compensation: Experienced 90th Percentile Total Cash Compensation: Experienced
Dartmouth College $58,000.00 $134,000.00 $321,000.00
Princeton University $66,500.00 $131,000.00 $261,000.00
Yale University $59,100.00 $126,000.00 $326,000.00
Harvard University $63,400.00 $124,000.00 $288,000.00
University of Pennsylvania $60,900.00 $120,000.00 $282,000.00
Cornell University $60,300.00 $110,000.00 $210,000.00
Brown University $56,200.00 $109,000.00 $228,000.00
Columbia University $59,400.00 $107,000.00 $241,000.00

Source: Payscale.com

See What Engineering School Grads Earn

School Name Median Total Cash Compensation: Starting Median Total Cash Compensation: Experienced 90th Percentile Total Cash Compensation: Experienced
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) $72,200.00 $126,000.00 $220,000.00
California Institute of Technology (CIT) $75,500.00 $123,000.00 N/A
Harvey Mudd College $71,800.00 $122,000.00 N/A
Polytechnic University of New York, Brooklyn $62,400.00 $114,000.00 $190,000.00
Cooper Union $62,200.00 $114,000.00 N/A
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) $61,000.00 $114,000.00 $180,000.00
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) $61,800.00 $111,000.00 $209,000.00
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) $61,100.00 $110,000.00 $182,000.00
Georgia Institute of Technology $58,300.00 $106,000.00 $183,000.00
Colorado School of Mines $58,100.00 $106,000.00 $201,000.00
Stevens Institute of Technology $60,600.00 $105,000.00 $185,000.00
Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) $56,000.00 $97,800.00 $165,000.00
Wentworth Institute of Technology $53,000.00 $96,700.00 $153,000.00
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) $53,500.00 $95,400.00 $163,000.00
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology $55,800.00 $93,400.00 $147,000.00
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech) $51,000.00 $93,400.00 N/A
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) $48,900.00 $84,600.00 $159,000.00
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) $52,700.00 $80,700.00 $142,000.00
Tennessee Technological University $46,200.00 $80,000.00 $121,000.00

Source: Payscale.com

See What Liberal Arts College Grads Earn

School Name Median Total Cash Compensation: Starting Median Total Cash Compensation: Experienced 90th Percentile Total Cash Compensation: Experienced
Bucknell University $54,100.00 $110,000.00 $251,000.00
Colgate University $52,800.00 $108,000.00 $265,000.00
Amherst College $54,500.00 $107,000.00 N/A
Lafayette College $53,900.00 $107,000.00 $204,000.00
Bowdoin College $48,100.00 $107,000.00 N/A
College of the Holy Cross $50,200.00 $106,000.00 N/A
Occidental College $51,900.00 $105,000.00 N/A
Washington and Lee University $53,600.00 $104,000.00 N/A
Swarthmore College $49,700.00 $104,000.00 N/A
Davidson College $46,100.00 $104,000.00 N/A
Carleton College $47,500.00 $103,000.00 N/A
Williams College $51,700.00 $102,000.00 N/A
Pomona College $48,600.00 $101,000.00 N/A
Wesleyan University (Middletown, Connecticut) $46,500.00 $97,900.00 $215,000.00
Bates College $47,300.00 $96,500.00 N/A
Union College $47,200.00 $95,800.00 $230,000.00
University of Richmond $48,600.00 $94,600.00 $211,000.00
Vassar College $46,000.00 $94,600.00 N/A
Middlebury College $47,700.00 $94,200.00 N/A
Mount Holyoke College $42,400.00 $94,100.00 N/A
Franklin and Marshall College $49,100.00 $92,800.00 N/A
DePauw University $41,400.00 $88,300.00 $185,000.00
St. Olaf College $45,300.00 $86,200.00 $185,000.00
Colby College $46,400.00 $85,800.00 N/A
Gettysburg College $44,700.00 $85,800.00 N/A
Siena College $45,500.00 $85,200.00 $189,000.00
Smith College $44,000.00 $83,900.00 $184,000.00
Hamilton College $49,200.00 $83,700.00 N/A
Randolph-Macon College $42,600.00 $83,600.00 N/A
Wellesley College $42,800.00 $83,500.00 N/A
Denison University $42,000.00 $83,500.00 N/A
Oberlin College $43,400.00 $81,600.00 N/A
University of Puget Sound $46,600.00 $81,500.00 $137,000.00
Colorado College (CC) $38,500.00 $81,400.00 N/A
Reed College $40,500.00 $81,100.00 N/A
Gustavus Adolphus College $44,500.00 $80,600.00 N/A
Whitman College $43,500.00 $80,100.00 N/A
Ursinus College $42,100.00 $80,000.00 $160,000.00
Juniata College $41,800.00 $78,900.00 N/A
Wittenberg University $39,200.00 $78,200.00 N/A
Grinnell College $42,600.00 $76,600.00 N/A
Skidmore College $41,600.00 $74,600.00 N/A
Moravian College $42,500.00 $74,400.00 N/A
Lewis & Clark College $38,900.00 $72,600.00 $140,000.00
Fort Lewis College $42,000.00 $69,800.00 N/A
Thomas Aquinas College $41,500.00 $67,500.00 N/A
Evergreen State College $39,500.00 $63,900.00 $120,000.00

Source: Payscale.com

See What Public University Grads Earn

School Name Median Total Cash Compensation: Starting Median Total Cash Compensation: Experienced 90th Percentile Total Cash Compensation: Experienced
University of California, Berkeley $59,900.00 $112,000.00 $201,000.00
University of Virginia (UVA) $52,700.00 $103,000.00 $215,000.00
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo $57,200.00 $101,000.00 $178,000.00
University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) $52,600.00 $101,000.00 $193,000.00
University of California, San Diego (UCSD) $51,100.00 $101,000.00 $177,000.00
University of California, Davis $52,300.00 $99,600.00 $202,000.00
University of Colorado - Boulder (UCB) $47,100.00 $97,600.00 $187,000.00
University of California, Irvine (UCI) $48,300.00 $96,700.00 $172,000.00
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) $52,900.00 $96,100.00 $177,000.00
Texas A&M University $49,700.00 $96,100.00 $171,000.00
Binghamton University $53,600.00 $95,900.00 $201,000.00
University of Missouri - Rolla (UMR) $57,100.00 $95,800.00 $166,000.00
San Jose State University (SJSU) $53,500.00 $95,600.00 $156,000.00
University of Maryland, College Park $52,000.00 $95,000.00 $166,000.00
University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) $50,500.00 $95,000.00 $173,000.00
University of Texas (UT) - Austin $49,700.00 $93,900.00 $188,000.00
University of Michigan $52,700.00 $93,000.00 $182,000.00
Stony Brook University $49,500.00 $93,000.00 $181,000.00
State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany $44,500.00 $92,200.00 $209,000.00
Rutgers University $50,300.00 $91,800.00 $176,000.00
Purdue University $51,400.00 $90,500.00 $168,000.00
University of Connecticut (UConn) $48,000.00 $88,800.00 $162,000.00
University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Amherst $46,600.00 $88,200.00 $168,000.00
California State University (CSU), Chico $47,400.00 $88,100.00 $154,000.00
University of Florida (UF) $47,100.00 $87,900.00 $172,000.00
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Madison $48,900.00 $87,800.00 $170,000.00
Louisiana State University (LSU) $46,900.00 $87,800.00 $165,000.00
California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) $45,700.00 $87,000.00 $158,000.00
George Mason University $47,800.00 $86,900.00 $150,000.00
University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Lowell $45,400.00 $86,600.00 $158,000.00
San Francisco State University (SFSU) $47,300.00 $86,400.00 $150,000.00
University of Arizona $47,500.00 $86,100.00 $160,000.00
Clemson University $48,400.00 $86,000.00 $150,000.00
University of Georgia (UGA) $44,100.00 $86,000.00 $164,000.00
Pennsylvania State University (PSU) $49,900.00 $85,700.00 $160,000.00
University of Washington (UW) $48,800.00 $85,300.00 $149,000.00
Michigan State University (MSU) $46,300.00 $85,300.00 $170,000.00
University of Rhode Island (URI) $43,900.00 $85,300.00 $157,000.00
San Diego State University (SDSU) $46,200.00 $85,200.00 $158,000.00
Auburn University $45,400.00 $84,700.00 $145,000.00
Washington State University (WSU) $45,300.00 $84,700.00 $162,000.00
California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) $45,100.00 $84,700.00 $154,000.00
Iowa State University $45,400.00 $84,600.00 $147,000.00
University of Delaware $45,900.00 $84,500.00 $165,000.00
University of Colorado - Denver $46,100.00 $84,400.00 $144,000.00
California State University, East Bay (CSUEB) $49,200.00 $84,300.00 $155,000.00
State University of New York (SUNY) at Farmingdale $47,300.00 $84,200.00 $162,000.00
University of Minnesota $46,200.00 $84,200.00 $148,000.00
Arizona State University (ASU) $47,400.00 $84,100.00 $163,000.00
University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) $44,700.00 $84,100.00 $165,000.00
Indiana University (IU), Bloomington $46,300.00 $84,000.00 $178,000.00
University of Iowa (UI) $44,700.00 $83,900.00 $163,000.00
Ohio State University (OSU) $44,900.00 $83,700.00 $162,000.00
North Carolina State University (NCSU) $47,200.00 $83,300.00 $153,000.00
Oregon State University (OSU) $45,100.00 $83,300.00 $146,000.00
University of Utah $45,400.00 $83,200.00 $148,000.00
University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) $46,500.00 $82,900.00 $143,000.00
University of Oklahoma $44,700.00 $82,900.00 $167,000.00
University of Arkansas $44,100.00 $82,800.00 $160,000.00
University of Vermont (UVM) $44,800.00 $82,700.00 $194,000.00
University of Alabama at Huntsville (UAH) $43,100.00 $82,700.00 $132,000.00
California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) $47,800.00 $82,400.00 $154,000.00
University of Idaho $44,900.00 $82,000.00 $142,000.00
University of Illinois at Chicago $47,500.00 $81,700.00 $146,000.00
State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo $46,200.00 $81,700.00 $147,000.00
University of Kansas $42,400.00 $81,600.00 $156,000.00
University of New Mexico (UNM) $41,600.00 $81,600.00 $141,000.00
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNCH) $42,900.00 $81,500.00 $155,000.00
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa $41,300.00 $81,400.00 $161,000.00
University of California, Riverside (UCR) $46,800.00 $81,300.00 $134,000.00
State University of New York (SUNY) at Geneseo $42,300.00 $81,300.00 $173,000.00
University of Missouri - Columbia $41,700.00 $81,000.00 $156,000.00
University of Nebraska $45,700.00 $80,900.00 $156,000.00
University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) $45,400.00 $80,800.00 $138,000.00
Northern Illinois University (NIU) $43,600.00 $80,800.00 $161,000.00
Oklahoma State University $42,800.00 $80,700.00 $151,000.00
University of North Dakota $44,000.00 $80,600.00 $157,000.00
California State University, Northridge (CSUN) $45,500.00 $80,400.00 $153,000.00
University of Houston (UH) $46,000.00 $79,900.00 $141,000.00
University of Mississippi $41,400.00 $79,700.00 $186,000.00
New Mexico State University $44,300.00 $79,500.00 $131,000.00
Lamar University $46,500.00 $79,400.00 $158,000.00
Mississippi State University (MSU) $44,500.00 $79,300.00 $151,000.00
Colorado State University (CSU) $44,800.00 $79,000.00 $150,000.00
Kansas State University (KSU) $43,300.00 $79,000.00 $138,000.00
University of Wyoming (UW) $44,500.00 $78,700.00 $145,000.00
Utah State University $43,800.00 $78,700.00 $132,000.00
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Platteville $45,800.00 $78,500.00 $139,000.00
University of Oregon $42,200.00 $78,400.00 $186,000.00
University of Kentucky (UK) $42,800.00 $78,300.00 $149,000.00
University of New Hampshire (UNH) $41,800.00 $78,300.00 $147,000.00
University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Boston $45,600.00 $78,200.00 $151,000.00
West Virginia University (WVU) $43,100.00 $78,100.00 $141,000.00
University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) $47,000.00 $77,800.00 $130,000.00
North Dakota State University (NDSU) $45,100.00 $77,800.00 $123,000.00
State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego $38,000.00 $77,800.00 $169,000.00
University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Dartmouth $43,200.00 $77,700.00 $132,000.00
Montana State University - Bozeman $46,600.00 $77,500.00 $151,000.00
State University of New York (SUNY) at Oneonta $37,500.00 $76,700.00 $155,000.00
University of Louisiana (UL) at Lafayette $41,100.00 $76,300.00 $163,000.00
State University of New York (SUNY) at Plattsburgh $40,800.00 $76,200.00 $136,000.00
Wayne State University $42,800.00 $76,100.00 $139,000.00
University of Hawaii $43,800.00 $76,000.00 $128,000.00
University of Toledo $43,100.00 $75,900.00 $133,000.00
Florida International University (FIU) $43,200.00 $75,500.00 $136,000.00
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Whitewater $40,800.00 $75,500.00 $150,000.00
Western Washington University $42,700.00 $75,400.00 $119,000.00
Minnesota State University - Mankato $43,300.00 $74,700.00 $140,000.00
University of Tennessee $43,800.00 $74,600.00 $153,000.00
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Milwaukee $42,300.00 $74,600.00 $123,000.00
University of Arkansas - Monticello (UAM) $39,200.00 $74,500.00 $161,000.00
Penn State - Harrisburg $45,700.00 $74,000.00 $150,000.00
University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) $43,100.00 $74,000.00 $133,000.00
Georgia State University $41,800.00 $74,000.00 $145,000.00
Western Michigan University (WMU) $42,300.00 $73,800.00 $135,000.00
South Dakota State University (SDSU) $41,100.00 $73,500.00 $129,000.00
Idaho State University $44,900.00 $73,400.00 $143,000.00
Ohio University $42,200.00 $73,400.00 $150,000.00
Illinois State University $42,000.00 $73,400.00 $142,000.00
Cleveland State University $43,500.00 $73,100.00 $137,000.00
Florida State University (FSU) $42,100.00 $73,000.00 $156,000.00
University of Alaska, Anchorage $45,900.00 $72,600.00 $137,000.00
Fitchburg State College $42,400.00 $72,600.00 $151,000.00
University of Nebraska at Omaha $41,500.00 $72,600.00 $126,000.00
Southern Illinois University Carbondale $43,000.00 $72,500.00 $139,000.00
University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) $43,400.00 $72,100.00 $133,000.00
California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) $42,700.00 $72,100.00 $132,000.00
University Of Maine $41,200.00 $72,100.00 $141,000.00
Eastern Michigan University $40,300.00 $72,100.00 $135,000.00
Bowling Green State University $39,800.00 $72,100.00 $146,000.00
University of Montana $37,300.00 $71,900.00 $138,000.00
University of Central Florida (UCF) $42,600.00 $71,700.00 $125,000.00
University of South Carolina $40,000.00 $71,700.00 $131,000.00
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) $45,200.00 $71,600.00 $128,000.00
St. Cloud State University $41,800.00 $71,400.00 $126,000.00
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Parkside $40,700.00 $71,400.00 $119,000.00
California State University (CSU), Stanislaus $38,000.00 $71,400.00 $121,000.00
Humboldt State University $42,600.00 $71,300.00 $117,000.00
Florida Atlantic University (FAU) $42,600.00 $71,100.00 $137,000.00
University of South Florida (USF) $41,100.00 $71,100.00 $131,000.00
Portland State University (PSU) $42,600.00 $70,900.00 $123,000.00
Eastern Washington University $38,600.00 $70,900.00 $117,000.00
University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) $42,500.00 $70,700.00 $121,000.00
University of Akron $41,100.00 $70,300.00 $127,000.00
State University of New York (SUNY) at Potsdam $38,000.00 $70,300.00 $179,000.00
University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) $39,200.00 $70,100.00 $125,000.00
University of Memphis (U of M) $41,400.00 $69,700.00 $127,000.00
Boise State University (BSU) $40,800.00 $69,500.00 $110,000.00
Missouri State University (MSU) $36,100.00 $69,500.00 $134,000.00
University of Wisconsin (UW) - La Crosse $42,200.00 $69,300.00 $133,000.00
Appalachian State University $40,400.00 $69,100.00 $115,000.00
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) $42,000.00 $68,400.00 $123,000.00
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Stout $43,600.00 $68,300.00 $136,000.00
East Carolina University (ECU) $40,200.00 $67,500.00 $151,000.00
Utah Valley State College $42,400.00 $67,100.00 $110,000.00
University of Missouri - St. Louis (UMSL) $41,400.00 $67,100.00 $144,000.00
Western Carolina University $36,900.00 $66,600.00 $133,000.00
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Oshkosh $39,300.00 $66,400.00 $138,000.00
State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia $37,800.00 $66,200.00 $181,000.00
University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC) $38,900.00 $65,800.00 $124,000.00
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Eau Claire $41,400.00 $64,800.00 $125,000.00
Ball State University (BSU) $39,100.00 $64,500.00 $128,000.00
University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) $37,500.00 $64,400.00 $129,000.00
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Stevens Point $39,800.00 $64,000.00 $128,000.00
University of Southern Maine $39,400.00 $63,600.00 $117,000.00
Arkansas State University (ASU) $38,700.00 $63,300.00 $118,000.00
Kent State University $38,700.00 $62,600.00 $124,000.00
Tarleton State University (TSU) $40,800.00 $62,400.00 $126,000.00
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Green Bay $35,800.00 $60,600.00 $102,000.00
Morehead State University $34,800.00 $60,600.00 $91,300.00
Austin Peay State University $37,700.00 $59,200.00 $96,200.00
Pittsburg State University $40,400.00 $58,200.00 $117,000.00
Southern Utah University $41,900.00 $56,500.00 $116,000.00
Montana State University - Billings $37,900.00 $50,600.00 $98,900.00
Black Hills State University $35,300.00 $43,900.00 $87,600.00

Source: Payscale.com

See What Party School Grads Earn

School Name Median Total Cash Compensation: Starting Median Total Cash Compensation: Experienced 90th Percentile Total Cash Compensation: Experienced
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) $52,900.00 $96,100.00 $177,000.00
University of Maryland, College Park $52,000.00 $95,000.00 $166,000.00
University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) $50,500.00 $95,000.00 $173,000.00
University of Texas (UT) - Austin $49,700.00 $93,900.00 $188,000.00
State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany $44,500.00 $92,200.00 $209,000.00
University of Florida (UF) $47,100.00 $87,900.00 $172,000.00
Louisiana State University (LSU) $46,900.00 $87,800.00 $165,000.00
University of Georgia (UGA) $44,100.00 $86,000.00 $164,000.00
Pennsylvania State University (PSU) $49,900.00 $85,700.00 $160,000.00
Arizona State University (ASU) $47,400.00 $84,100.00 $163,000.00
Indiana University (IU), Bloomington $46,300.00 $84,000.00 $178,000.00
University of Iowa (UI) $44,700.00 $83,900.00 $163,000.00
Randolph-Macon College $42,600.00 $83,600.00 N/A
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa $41,300.00 $81,400.00 $161,000.00
University of Mississippi $41,400.00 $79,700.00 $186,000.00
University of New Hampshire (UNH) $41,800.00 $78,300.00 $147,000.00
West Virginia University (WVU) $43,100.00 $78,100.00 $141,000.00
University of Tennessee $43,800.00 $74,600.00 $153,000.00
Ohio University $42,200.00 $73,400.00 $150,000.00
Florida State University (FSU) $42,100.00 $73,000.00 $156,000.00

Source: Payscale.com

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