PayScale ranks Notre Dame No. 8 for best-paid graduates

Author: Shannon Chapla

PayScale Survey

The University of Notre Dame is ranked No. 8 on PayScale’s recently released “College Salary Report,” a list of salaries of graduates from hundreds of colleges and universities.

The numbers represent 1.2 million users of PayScale’s Web site who reported their salaries and educational credentials in a survey over the last year. The rankings are by median mid-career salary (minimum 10 years out of school).

Notre Dame’s median mid-career salary is listed as $121,000 and its starting median salary is $55,300. Topping the list is Dartmouth College, followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University.

The data include only survey respondents whose highest academic degree is a bachelor’s, as PayScale’s goal is to determine which undergraduate educations are the “best investment.”

In addition, PayScale ranks the “Top 10 College Majors that Lead to High Salaries” − all of which are offered at Notre Dame as majors or concentrations within fields of study. They are listed in order as aerospace, chemical, computer and electrical engineering, followed by economics, physics, mechanical engineering, computer science, and industrial and environmental engineering.

The entire report is available here on the Web.

Launched in 2002 and headquartered in Seattle, PayScale owns the largest database of online employee salary data in the world.