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Top 10 Schools With Highest Paid Graduates

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(Photo : Flickr/CC) Harvey Mudd was previously ranked as the having the school with the highest return on investment and now is ranked tops in average mid-career salary among graduates.

For those looking to graduate college and find a high paying field, engineering is likely the career path, but no engineering school has higher-paid alumni than Claremont, Calif.'s Harvey Mudd College, according to new data from PayScale.

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According to the data, a career in petroleum engineering will have a potential starting salary of $103,000 and a potential mid-career salary of $160,000. Three engineering schools occupied the top five schools with the highest-paid alumni, with Harvey Mudd College topping California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and Steven's Institute of Technology.

Majors That Pay You Back

Majors That Pay You Back

 Majors That Pay You Back  Methodology
Annual pay for bachelor’s graduates without higher degrees. Typical starting graduates have two years of experience; mid-career graduates have 15 years. See full methodology.

About 58 percent of Harvey Mudd graduates leave the school and find a high job meaning with an average starting salary of $73,300.

Two military schools appeared in the top with the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis ranking second, despite having a higher average starting salary. The Naval Academy, graduates started with an average salary of $77,100, but their average mid-career salary was about $10,000 lower Harvey Mudd's.

Also in the top 10 was United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, with an average starting salary of $74,000 and average mid-career salary of $120,000.

Stanford, Brown and Harvard Universities all tied for eight to round out the top ten, with their average mid-career salaries all being $119,000.

1. Harvey Mudd College - Engineering/Liberal Arts

Avg. Starting Salary: $73,300

Avg. Mid-Career Salary: $143,000

2. U.S. Naval Academy - Military/Liberal Arts

Avg. Starting Salary: $77,100

Avg. Mid-Career Salary: $131,000

3. Steven's Institute of Technology - Engineering/Research

Avg. Starting Salary: $64,900

Avg. Mid-Career Salary: $124,000

3. California Institute of Technology - Engineering/Research

Avg. Starting Salary: $68,400

Avg. Mid-Career Salary: $124,000

5. Babson College - Business

Avg. Starting Salary: $59,000

Avg. Mid-Career Salary: $123,000

6. Princeton University - Research/Ivy League

Avg. Starting Salary: $56,100

Avg. Mid-Career Salary: $121,000

7. U.S. Military Academy at West Point - Military/Liberal Arts

Avg. Starting Salary: $74,000

Avg. Mid-Career Salary: $120,000

8. Brown University - Research/Ivy League

Avg. Starting Salary: $52,300

Avg. Mid-Career Salary: $119,000

8. Harvard University - Research/Ivy League

Avg. Starting Salary: $55,300

Avg. Mid-Career Salary: $119,000

8. Stanford University - Research

Avg. Starting Salary: $61,300

Avg. Mid-Career Salary: $119,000

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