Virginia colleges make it on PayScale’s list of highest paid grads
Six Virginia colleges are included in the top 100 of PayScale’s list of schools producing the highest paid graduates. The salary information company featured a list of highest paid graduates with only a bachelor’s degree and another comparison of all alumni’s salaries in their 2014-15 College Salary Report.
The Virginia schools that made it in the top 100 of the lists were: Washington and Lee University (No. 4 on all alumni list, No. 7 on bachelor’s list); Virginia Military Institute (No. 21 all alumni, No. 19 bachelor’s); University of Virginia (No. 71 all alumni, No. 68 bachelor’s); Virginia Tech (No. 88 all alumni, No. 97 bachelor’s); University of Richmond (No. 95, all alumni) and the College of William & Mary (No. 97 all alumni; No. 99 bachelor’s.)
The report includes salary data for more than 1,000 colleges and universities including graduates who receive one or more degrees after receiving their bachelor’s degree from the schools. The report also included salary reports on 2-year colleges. To see the full report, click here.
Alumni of Washington & Lee, a liberal arts college in Lexington, had a median early career salary of $53,700 and median mid-career pay of $133,500. Seventeen percent of all alumni received science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degrees.
On that same list, graduates of Lexington-based Virginia Military Institute had an early career salary of $60,400 and $116,000 by mid-career. Thirty eight percent of the military college’s degrees were in STEM fields.
Graduates of U. Va. in Charlottesville had an early salary of $55,000 and $100,400 by mid-career. Twenty four percent of alumni’s degrees were in STEM.
Virginia Tech’s grads early career salary was $54,600 and mid-career pay was $98,600. The university, based in Blacksburg, produced 32 percent of graduates with STEM degrees.
University of Richmond, a liberal arts school, had an early career salary of $50,900 and mid-career pay of $97,600. Only 12 percent of its degrees were in the STEM field.
The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg had an early career salary of $45,500 and mid-career salary of $97,300. Fifteen percent of its grads received STEM degrees.