The 25 colleges where students go on to earn the most money

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Salary potential shouldn’t be the sole thing that attracts you to a particular college or university. But with average student-loan debt hovering around $37,000, students and parents can’t afford not to consider average post-graduation earnings while looking at schools.

PayScale, the creator of the world’s largest compensation database, recently looked at the starting and mid-career pay for over a million college grads – including professionals who graduated with a bachelor’s from 963 colleges and universities.

For its College Salary Report, which was compiled using data from employees who successfully completed PayScale’s employee survey, PayScale sorted the results by college major, degree, and school.

Here are the colleges where students with a bachelor’s degree go on to earn the most money 10-plus years into their career:


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Colgate University/Facebook

24. (tie) Colgate University

Early career median pay: $56,500

Mid-career median pay: $113,000

Sector: Private

Undergraduate enrollment: 2,875


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24. (tie) Rice University

Early career median pay: $62,300

Mid-career median pay: $113,000

Sector: Private

Undergraduate enrollment: 3,926


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22. (tie) Georgetown University

Early career median pay: $55,400

Mid-career median pay: $114,000

Sector: Private

Undergraduate enrollment: 7,595


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Colorado School of Mines/Facebook

22. (tie) Colorado School of Mines

Early career median pay: $65,200

Mid-career median pay: $114,000

Sector:Public

Undergraduate enrollment: 4,456


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Facebook/University of Chicago

21. University of Chicago

Early career median pay: $53,000

Mid-career median pay: $115,000

Sector: Private

Undergraduate enrollment: 5,738


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Facebook/Brown University

20. Brown University

Early career median pay: $58,600

Mid-career median pay: $116,000

Sector: Private

Undergraduate enrollment: 6,548


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17. (tie) Occidental College

Early career median pay: $49,200

Mid-career median pay: $117,000

Sector: Private

Undergraduate enrollment: 2,040


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Clarkson University/Facebook

17. (tie) Clarkson University

Early career median pay: $61,700

Mid-career median pay: $117,000

Sector: Private

Undergraduate enrollment: 3,247


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Stevens Institute of Technology/Facebook

17. (tie) Stevens Institute of Technology

Early career median pay: $65,600

Mid-career median pay: $117,000

Sector: Private

Undergraduate enrollment: 2,892


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Bates College/Facebook

13. (tie) Bates College

Early career median pay: $47,000

Mid-career median pay: $119,000

Sector: Private

Undergraduate enrollment: 1,773


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13. (tie) Dartmouth College

Early career median pay: $60,800

Mid-career median pay: $119,000

Sector: Private

Undergraduate enrollment: 4,289


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Duke University/Facebook

13. (tie) Duke University

Early career median pay: $61,300

Mid-career median pay: $119,000

Sector: Private

Undergraduate enrollment: 6,626


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13. (tie) Carnegie Mellon University

Early career median pay: $69,400

Mid-career median pay: $119,000

Sector: Private

Undergraduate enrollment: 5,888


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Facebook/Santa Clara University

12. Santa Clara University

Early career median pay: $61,900

Mid-career median pay: $121,000

Sector: Private

Undergraduate enrollment: 5,486


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Babson College/Facebook

11. Babson College

Early career median pay: $59,500

Mid-career median pay: $122,000

Sector: Private

Undergraduate enrollment: 2,107


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10. Harvard University

Early career median pay: $65,200

Mid-career median pay: $123,000

Sector: Private

Undergraduate enrollment: 10,338


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8. (tie) University of Pennsylvania

Early career median pay: $62,200

Mid-career median pay: $124,000

Sector: Private

Undergraduate enrollment: 11,548


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8. (tie) United States Air Force Academy

Early career median pay: $68,800

Mid-career median pay: $124,000

Sector:Public

Undergraduate enrollment: 3,952


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7. United States Naval Academy at Annapolis

Early career median pay: $72,900

Mid-career median pay: $125,000

Sector:Public

Undergraduate enrollment: 4,511


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6. United States Military Academy at West Point

Early career median pay: $76,000

Mid-career median pay: $126,000

Sector:Public

Undergraduate enrollment: 4,414


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Linda A Cicero/Stanford University/Facebook

5. Stanford University

Early career median pay: $70,800

Mid-career median pay: $127,000

Sector: Private

Undergraduate enrollment: 7,019


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Students on the University of Princeton campus.
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3. (tie) Princeton University

Early career median pay: $65,700

Mid-career median pay: $131,000

Sector: Private

Undergraduate enrollment: 5,391


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Harvey Mudd College/Facebook

3. (tie) Harvey Mudd College

Early career median pay: $78,500

Mid-career median pay: $131,000

Sector: Private

Undergraduate enrollment: 804


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2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Early career median pay: $78,300

Mid-career median pay: $134,000

Sector: Private

Undergraduate enrollment: 4,512


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SUNY Maritime College/Facebook

1. SUNY – Maritime College

Early career median pay: $69,700

Mid-career median pay: $144,000

Sector: Public

Undergraduate enrollment: 1,641