Because PayScale’s College Salary Report collects information from millions of individuals, we’re able to provide snapshots based on different career stages. Thus, this report can help you determine how much income you could attain by the time you reach mid-career, based on which college or university you attend. We call this salary potential. In addition to choosing the right institution, you’ll want to consider which field of study you pursue. Some fields might have higher earning potential, but less flexibility in terms of job choice. Ultimately, the major you choose will also have a significant effect on your lifetime earning potential.
PayScale’s College Salary Report helps you research colleges, majors and careers based on how much salary you could earn by the time you reach mid-career if you attend a specific college. We call this salary potential, and we use it to calculate our rankings which come from the alumni salary data of 3.2 million respondents representing over 4,000 universities across the U.S..