The typical starting salaries for graduates of the 30 best colleges, ranked

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The typical starting salary for an NYU graduate is $US58,700. Drew Angerer/Getty Images
  • When it comes to deciding on where to attend college, there’s a lot to consider – including how much money you’ll be making with your newly earned degree.
  • GOBankingRates recently released a list of the starting salaries for graduates from the 30 best colleges.
  • All colleges on the list led to starting salaries of more than $US50,000.

The college application process can be gruelling, but deciding where to attend college once admission offers start rolling in can be even more stressful.

There are a lot of aspects incoming students need to consider, like undergraduate programs, rankings, location, and tuition – not to mention how much their new degree will earn them in the working world. After all, the end goal after college is to get a good job, and decent pay doesn’t hurt considering student loan burdens these days.

GOBankingRates recently released a list of the starting salaries for graduates from the 30 best colleges, based on US News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings. Using Payscale, GOBankingRates researched salaries for alumni graduated from each college with zero to five years of experience.

All the colleges on the list have starting salaries of more than $US50,000. The college with the highest starting salary is the California Institute of Technology, at $US84,000.

Below, how much you can expect to make post-graduation at the 30 best colleges in the US, ranked from lowest to highest starting salaries.


30. Wake Forest University

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Starting salary: $US56,000

Cost of attendance: $US52,348

School ranking: 27


29. Emory University

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Starting salary: $US56,700

Cost of attendance: $US50,590

School ranking: 21 (tie)


28. University of California — Los Angeles

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Starting salary: $US57,500

Cost of attendance: $US13,285

School ranking: 21 (tie)


27. University of Chicago

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Starting salary: $US58,100

Cost of attendance: $US48,759

School ranking: 3


26. New York University

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Starting salary: $US58,700

Cost of attendance: $US51,828

School ranking: 30


25. University of Michigan — Ann Arbor

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Starting salary: $US59,300

Cost of attendance: $US26,243

School ranking: 28


24. University of Southern California

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Starting salary: $US59,400

Cost of attendance: $US55,320

School ranking: 21 (tie)


23. Northwestern University

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Starting salary: $US59,500

Cost of attendance: $US54,120

School ranking: 11 (tie)


22. University of Virginia

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Starting salary: $US59,500

Cost of attendance: $US44,274

School ranking: 25 (tie)


21. Washington University in St. Louis

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Starting salary: $US60,100

Cost of attendance: $US52,400

School ranking: 18 (tie)


20. Tufts University

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Starting salary: $US60,400

Cost of attendance: $US55,172

School ranking: 29


19. Vanderbilt University

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Starting salary: $US61,100

Cost of attendance: $US48,600

School ranking: 14 (tie)


18. Georgetown University

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Starting salary: $US61,400

Cost of attendance: $US53,520

School ranking: 20


17. University of Notre Dame

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Starting salary: $US62,500

Cost of attendance: $US53,391

School ranking: 18


16. Brown University

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Starting salary: $US63,000

Cost of attendance: $US52,231

School ranking: 14


15. Johns Hopkins University

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Starting salary: $US63,200

Cost of attendance: $US48,645

School ranking: 11 (tie)


14. Duke University

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Starting salary: $US65,300

Cost of attendance: $US55,960

School ranking: 9


13. University of California — Berkley

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Starting salary: $US65,400

Cost of attendance: $US14,184

School ranking: 21 (tie)


12. Cornell University

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Starting salary: $US65,600

Cost of attendance: $US54,818

School ranking: 14 (tie)


11. Rice University

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Starting salary: $US65,700

Cost of attendance: $US46,600

School ranking: 14 (tie)


10. Columbia University

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Starting salary: $US66,000

Cost of attendance: $US57,208

School ranking: 5


9. Dartmouth College

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Starting salary: $US66,300

Cost of attendance: $US53,496

School ranking: 11


8. Yale University

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Starting salary: $US66,800

Cost of attendance: $US53,430

School ranking: 3 (tie)


7. University of Pennsylvania

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Starting salary: $US68,100

Cost of attendance: $US49,220

School ranking: 8


6. Harvard University

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Starting salary: $US69,200

Cost of attendance: $US44,990

School ranking: 2


5. Princeton University

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Starting salary: $US69,800

Cost of attendance: $US49,330

School ranking: 1


4. Carnegie Mellon University

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Starting salary: $US70,900

Cost of attendance: $US54,244

School ranking: 25


3. Stanford University

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Starting salary: $US73,300

Cost of attendance: $US49,617

School ranking: 5 (tie)


2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

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Starting salary: $US78,800

Cost of attendance: $US49,892

School ranking: 5 (tie)


1. California Institute of Technology

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Starting salary: $US82,000

Cost of attendance: $US50,487

School ranking: 10