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Harvey Mudd College is no longer the best school from which to earn a bachelor’s degree that yields the highest salary.
The private school in Claremont, California — which had held the top position for two years — has been unseated by State University of New York Maritime College (SUNY Maritime College) on Payscale’s list of undergraduate schools with the highest-paid alumni.
Maritime College’s alumni earn an average midcareer salary of $134,000, according to Payscale’s 2015-2016 College Salary Report.
Alumni of Harvey Mudd College, which came in at No. 2 this year among four-year schools, are not far behind with an average midcareer salary of $133,000.
Are you sensing a theme?
Payscale’s vice president of data analytics, Katie Bardaro, explains in a news release:
“As with many of the schools that end up at the top of our list in terms of earning potential, SUNY Maritime offers a strong engineering program. College graduates who major in STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math — are in demand in today’s labor market, and this increased demand drives up wages.”
Four out of the five highest-paying majors are engineering programs this year, according to Payscale’s analysis:
- Petroleum engineering
- Nuclear engineering
- Actuarial mathematics
- Chemical engineering
- Electronics and communications engineering
The schools with the highest-paid alumni are:
- CUNY (City University of New York) New York City College of Technology
- Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
- De Anza College, Cupertino, California
- Bakersfield College, Bakersfield, California
- Alvin Community College, Alvin, Texas
- SUNY Maritime College
- Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, California
- Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
- United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland
- California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California
- Emory University School of Law, Atlanta
- UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles
- Harvard Business School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
- Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.
- Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
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