Colleges with the highest-paid grads

Graduates with bachelor's degrees from these colleges earn the highest salaries in the country.

California Institute of Technology

highest paid alumni caltech
Caltech is based in Pasadena, Calif.
  • Rank: 3
  • Mid-career salary: $124,000
  • Starting salary: $68,400
  • % of grads who think their job is meaningful: 61%

Caltech is one of the top science and engineering universities in the country, claiming some 17 Nobel laureates as alums. About 60% of students who graduate from this research-intensive university with degrees in physics, math, biology and chemistry go on to pursue advanced degrees.

Source: Data used in the College Salary Report came from surveys completed by roughly 1.4 million college graduates of 1,016 colleges and universities, which represent 75% of all bachelor's degree recipients in the U.S. Graduates with advanced degrees were excluded from the results. Only full-time, civilian workers based in the 50 states and District of Columbia were counted. Mid-career results were based on median salaries of graduates with 10 years of work experience. Whether a job is meaningful is based on the percentage of graduates who answered "Very much so" and "Yes" to the question: "Does your work make the world a better place?"
- Last updated October 23 2013 12:50 PM ET
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