California Institute of Technology

highest paid grads ca institute of technology
Caltech is based in Pasadena, Calif.
  • Starting salary: $74,800
  • Mid-career salary: $126,200
  • % who think their job is meaningful: 60%

With 32 Nobel Laureates among its faculty and alumni, Caltech is considered one of the most preeminent places to study science and engineering.

Recruiters flock to the school knowing that its jet propulsion laboratory (used by NASA) and its iconic Palomar astronomical observatory attract some of the world's brightest minds.

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First published March 5, 2015: 1:12 PM ET
Source: Source: Data used in the College Salary Report came from surveys completed by roughly 1.4 million college graduates of 1,002 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. The ranking is based on mid-career results, which comes from 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?"

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