This list takes into account PrincetonReviews.com’s list of colleges with the best career services with data reported by PayScale and NACE. Not surprisingly, the schools with the heaviest emphasis on STEM received the most favorable rankings as science, technology, engineering, and mathematics degrees tend to earn college grads higher starting salaries. It is important to note that ‘early career pay’ refers to median salary for alumni with 0-5 years experience while ‘mid-career pay’ refers to median salary for alumni with 10+ years experience. For instances where two universities ranked so close to one another in early career pay, we looked at mid-career pay to determine which school should be on the list.

50.

University of Maryland – College Park

Early career pay: $53,900

Mid-career pay: $91,700

 49.

Fairfield University

Early career pay: $54,300

Mid-career pay: $91,700

48.

University of Virginia

Early career pay: $54,700

Mid-career pay: $97,600

47.

Northeastern University

Early career pay: $55,000

Mid-career pay: $89,600

46.

Villanova University

Early career pay: $55,300

Mid-career pay: $101,000

 45.

Washington University in St. Louis

Early career pay: $55,500

Mid-career pay: $105,000

44.

Purdue University

Early career pay: $55,500

Mid-career pay: $92,900

43.

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Early career pay: $55,600

Mid-career pay: $108,000

42.

Drexel University

Early career pay: $55,900

Mid-career pay: $92,900

41.

Northwestern University

Early career pay: $56,300

Mid-career pay: $102,000

40.

Dartmouth College

Early career pay: $56,300

Mid-career pay: $111,000

39.

University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign

Early career pay: $56,400

Mid-career pay: $97,700

38.

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)

Early career pay: $56,900

Mid-career pay: $85,400

37.

Bucknell University

Early career pay: $57,100

Mid-career pay: $99,600

36.

Brown University

Early career pay: $57,100

Mid-career pay: $108,000

35.

Vanderbilt University

Early career pay: $57,300

Mid-career pay: $102,000

34.

University of Notre Dame

Early career pay: $57,400

Mid-career pay: $106,000

33.

Johns Hopkins University

Early career pay: $57,500

Mid-career pay: $97,500

32.

University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

Early career pay: $58,000

Mid-career pay: $96,000

31.

Case Western Reserve University

Early career pay: $58,400

Mid-career pay: $103,000

30.

Bentley University

Early career pay: $58,600

Mid-career pay: $97,200

29.

Santa Clara University

Early career pay: $58,900

Mid-career pay: $113,000

28.

Lafayette College

Early career pay: $58,900

Mid-career pay: $102,000

27.

University of California Berkeley

Early career pay: $59,500

Mid-career pay: $114,000

26.

Cornell University

Early career pay: $59,700

Mid-career pay: $109,000

25.

Columbia University

Early career pay: $60,200

Mid-career pay: $104,000

24.

Yale University

Early career pay: $60,300

Mid-career pay: $104,000

23.

University of Pennsylvania

Early career pay: $60,300

Mid-career pay: $120,000

22.

Lehigh University

Early career pay: $60,400

Mid-career pay: $108,000

21.

Duke University

Early career pay: $60,600

Mid-career pay: $111,000

20.

Babson College

Early career pay: $60,700

Mid-career pay: $121,000

19.

Princeton University

Early career pay: $61,300

Mid-career pay: $122,000

18.

Harvard University

Early career pay: $61,400

Mid-career pay: $126,000

17.

Thomas Jefferson University

Early career pay: $61,700

Mid-career pay: $81,100

16.

Georgia Institute of Technology

Early career pay: $62,500

Mid-career pay: $112,000

15.

Cooper Union

Early career pay: $62,700

Mid-career pay: $114,000

14.

Michigan Technological University

Early career pay: $62,800

Mid-career pay: $99,900

13.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Early career pay: $63,700

Mid-career pay: $112,000

12.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)

Early career pay: $63,700

Mid-career pay: $112,000

11.

Rice University

Early career pay: $63,900

Mid-career pay: $114,000

10.

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)

Early career pay: $64,700

Mid-career pay: $118,000

9.

SUNY – Maritime College

Early career pay: $65,200

Mid-career pay: $134,000

8.

Stanford University

Early career pay: $65,900

Mid-career pay: $123,000

7.

Stevens Institute of Technology

Early career pay: $66,800

Mid-career pay: $120,000

6.

United States Air Force Academy

Early career pay: $71,900

Mid-career pay: $116,000

5.

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Early career pay: $72,600

Mid-career pay: $125,000

4.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Early career pay: $74,900

Mid-career pay: $124,000

3.

Harvey Mudd College

Early career pay: $78,200

Mid-career pay: $133,000

2.

U.S. Military Academy (USMA)

Early career pay: $78,500

Mid-career pay: $120,000

1.

U.S. Naval Academy (USNA)

Early career pay: $82,800

Mid-career pay: $126,000