May 22, 2022

Reference: PayScale Releases 2015-2016 College Salary Report (Access Online)

From PayScale:

This year PayScale reports on salary data for alumni of a total of 1,519 schools broken down by the following degree levels:

Associate degrees (468 institutions)
Bachelor’s degrees only – alumni who go on to receive advanced degrees NOT included (1,034 institutions)
Bachelor’s degrees, including alumni who go on to earn advanced degrees (1,062 institutions)
Graduate degrees (417 institutions)
Master’s degrees (372 institutions)
PhDs (66 institutions)
MBAs (233 institutions)
JDs (51 institutions)

PayScale also reports on salary data for alumni with the following majors and degree levels:

142 majors at the associate level
319 majors at the bachelor’s level
288 graduate-level degrees (master’s, PhD and MBA)


The 2015-16 PayScale College Salary Report has a new school topping the list for bachelor’s-only graduates, ranked by alumni mid-career median salary: SUNY – Maritime College, a small public college in New York State, reported a median mid-career alumni income of $134,000 per year, beating Harvey Mudd College by $1,000. Harvey Mudd has held the top spot for the last two years. SUNY – Maritime College still comes out on top for median mid-career salary of bachelor’s graduates even when including those who go on to earn advanced degrees.

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