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How to Use PayScale’s College Salary Report


Choosing where to attend college or university and what you want to study is often a difficult decision. As if you needed more to think about, your choice of school and major can greatly impact your future earning potential. With that in mind, you’re going to want to make sure your school/major combination can help you pay the bills once you’re the proud holder of a degree.

In an effort to help educate prospective students and their families, we created the PayScale College Salary Report; our report sheds light on which colleges, majors and college/major combinations are most likely to translate into a healthy paycheck post graduation.

How the College Salary Report Works

The College Salary Report ranks colleges and universities based on the median mid-career annual salary of their graduates; basically, it tells you what the typical graduate earns during the middle years of their profession career.

We’re not suggesting that college students should choose their school and degree based on the potential to make a lot of money. But we do think understanding what your earning power is likely to be post-graduation is crucial in order to make a sound financial decision when selecting an institution and academic focus.

PayScale surveyed 2.3 million graduates of more than 2,700 colleges and universities to create our 2017 College Salary Report. We asked respondents to report their pay, major, highest degree earned, and associate or bachelor’s school name where appropriate.

Use our rankings to help make your decision. And good luck with your studies!

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