SMU Tops the List of Bay Area Colleges Whose Graduates Earn the Highest Salary

U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard Flips the Focus on Rankings, Shows SMU's Value

Appeared in: San Francisco Business TImes

By: Riley McDermid

Published on: 01/10/17

It will come as no surprise that Bay Area students attending schools like Stanford are in the top tier of earners post graduation, according to new data from that U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard.

But what came as a shock to us as we sifted through the data for the top 20 local Bay Area institutions of higher learning was which school ranked ahead of Stanford — and no, it wasn't Cal.

Our gallery, ranked from lowest to highest, lists the average salary of college graduates from these top 20 Bay Area schools.

The San Francisco Business Times analyzed how much graduates of those 20 schools earn after receiving their degrees. The data comes from the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard, which tabulated the numbers from all 41 of the Bay Area's post-high school institutions.

The range of earnings locally was wide: Of the almost two dozen Bay Area colleges we looked at, those schools produced median student earnings – 10 years after enrollment — between $108,000 and $33,000. Nationally, the median earnings for students is $33,400. You can check out all 41 Bay Area schools ranked by the DOE here.


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