New data revealed from PayScale shows how much graduates are earning from over 1,000 schools around the country. Now graduates can get a sense of what to expect upon entering the workforce after graduating from a particular college.

We highlighted the top 15 colleges where graduates earn the most money. The data collected reveals how much graduates make at the start of their career, as well as how much they make annually, midway through their career.

For comparison purposes, note that the average college graduate earns a median annual wage of $67,140 midway through their career, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Top 15 colleges where graduates earn the most money

15. Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly)

  • Starting Salary: $60,700
  • Mid-Career Salary: $116,000

14. Cooper Union for The Advancement of Science and Art

  • Starting Salary: $61,400
  • Mid-Career Salary: $116,000

13. Yale University

  • Starting Salary: $50,000
  • Mid-Career Salary: $117,000

12. Colgate University

  • Starting Salary: $51,800
  • Mid-Career Salary: $117,000

11. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

  • Starting Salary: $68,600
  • Mid-Career Salary: $118,000

10. Brown University

  • Starting Salary: $52,300
  • Mid-Career Salary: $119,000

9. Harvard University

  • Starting Salary: $55,300
  • Mid-Career Salary: $119,00

8. Stanford University

  • Starting Salary: $61,300
  • Mid-Career Salary: $119,00

7. United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point

  • Starting Salary: $74,000
  • Mid-Career Salary: $120,000

6. Princeton University

  • Starting Salary: $56,100
  • Mid-Career Salary: $121,000

5. Babson College

  • Starting Salary: $59,700
  • Mid-Career Salary: $123,00

4. Stevens Institute of Technology

  • Starting Salary: $64,900
  • Mid-Career Salary: $124,000

3. California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

  • Starting Salary: $68,400
  • Mid-Career Salary: $124,000

2. United States Naval Academy (USNA) at Annapolis

  • Starting Salary: $77,100
  • Mid-Career Salary: $131,000

1. Harvey Mudd College

  • Starting Salary: $73,300
  • Mid-Career Salary $143,00

How to maximize earning potential after college

Choosing a skill that is high in demand is the most promising way to earn a high wage when you’re ready to enter the workforce. For instance, The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports computer programmers earn a median pay of $74,280 annually, and that the job is projected to grow a total of eight percent from 2012 to 2022.

Focus on high-demand jobs

Jobs in engineering, programming and most that involve computer skills are generally the type that pay high. Many of the top colleges where graduates earn a high wage upon graduation focus on providing jobs that are high in demand, such as engineering and computer programming.

Students looking for a promising career and financial situation after college should consider choosing a major that is either high in demand, or one that is projected to be in demand. To find the highest paying jobs you should first look at the current condition of the job market to assess your potential to both find work and to get paid a high wage.

Understanding the job market can help you prepare your career-path for the future. If you are already committed to a particular major it is also wise to consider a minor in a field of study that is projected to be high in demand. Broaden your skills can help prevent you from having to succumb to unemployment or settling for a low paying job.

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