The 18 private colleges where students go on to earn the most money

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Private colleges tend to be more expensive than their public counterparts.

However, at the following schools, the payoff is worth the extra cost.

PayScale, the creator of the world’s largest compensation database, recently looked at the starting and mid-career pay for over a million college grads – including professionals who graduated with a bachelor’s from 963 colleges and universities.

For its College Salary Report, which was compiled using data from employees who successfully completed PayScale’s employee survey, PayScale sorted the results by college major, degree, college, and type of school.

Students with a bachelor’s degree from these private colleges go on to earn the highest salaries 10-plus years into their career:


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18. Wabash College

Early career median pay: $59,000

Mid-career median pay: $121,000

Alumni who believe their work makes the world a better place: 55%

Undergraduate enrollment: 926


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16. (tie) Williams College

Early career median pay: $54,900

Mid-career median pay: $122,000

Alumni who believe their work makes the world a better place: 56%

Undergraduate enrollment: 2,072


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16. (tie) Santa Clara University

Early career median pay: $62,500

Mid-career median pay: $122,000

Alumni who believe their work makes the world a better place: 49%

Undergraduate enrollment: 5,486


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15. Georgetown University

Early career median pay: $58,300

Mid-career median pay: $123,000

Alumni who believe their work makes the world a better place: 53%

Undergraduate enrollment: 7,595


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13. (tie) Clarkson University

Early career median pay: $63,500

Mid-career median pay: $124,000

Alumni who believe their work makes the world a better place: 55%

Undergraduate enrollment: 3,247


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13. (tie) Dartmouth College

Early career median pay: $62,600

Mid-career median pay: $124,000

Alumni who believe their work makes the world a better place: 57%

Undergraduate enrollment: 4,289


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11. (tie) Duke University

Early career median pay: $63,000

Mid-career median pay: $125,000

Alumni who believe their work makes the world a better place: 60%

Undergraduate enrollment:6,626


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11. (tie) California Institute of Technology

Early career median pay: $78,400

Mid-career median pay: $125,000

Alumni who believe their work makes the world a better place: 59%

Undergraduate enrollment: 983


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10. Carnegie Mellon University

Early career median pay: $71,700

Mid-career median pay: $126,000

Alumni who believe their work makes the world a better place: 51%

Undergraduate enrollment: 5,888


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9. Yale University

Early career median pay: $62,500

Mid-career median pay: $129,000

Alumni who believe their work makes the world a better place: 66%

Undergraduate enrollment: 5,477


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7. (tie) University of Pennsylvania

Early career median pay: $65,300

Mid-career median pay: $130,000

Alumni who believe their work makes the world a better place: 56%

Undergraduate enrollment: 11,548


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7. (tie) Babson College

Early career median pay: $60,100

Mid-career median pay: $130,000

Alumni who believe their work makes the world a better place: 36%

Undergraduate enrollment: 2,107


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6. Harvey Mudd College

Early career median pay: $77,700

Mid-career median pay: $132,000

Alumni who believe their work makes the world a better place: 68%

Undergraduate enrollment: 804


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5. Stanford University

Early career median pay: $75,800

Mid-career median pay: $134,000

Alumni who believe their work makes the world a better place: 65%

Undergraduate enrollment: 7,019


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4. Princeton University

Early career median pay: $67,300

Mid-career median pay: $135,000

Alumni who believe their work makes the world a better place: 60%

Undergraduate enrollment: 5,391


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3. Claremont McKenna College

Early career median pay: $62,700

Mid-career median pay: $138,000

Alumni who believe their work makes the world a better place: 59%

Undergraduate enrollment: 1,301


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2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Early career median pay: $81,100

Mid-career median pay: $140,000

Alumni who believe their work makes the world a better place: 62%

Undergraduate enrollment: 4, 512


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1. Harvard University

Early career median pay: $66,600

Mid-career median pay: $141,000

Alumni who believe their work makes the world a better place: 64%

Undergraduate enrollment: 10,338