Every year, freshly minted MBAs vy for positions at companies like Deloitte, PwC, Google, J.P. Morgan, and McKinsey & Co. All of them are hoping that two years and thousands of dollars will pay off in the form of professional opportunities and a bigger paycheck.
So which school is really the best for your paycheck? It depends on how you measure it.
We’ve made a list of the 25 schools where grads reported the highest median salaries three months after graduation. You’ll notice that while Harvard and Stanford top the list, Wharton and Tuck students report the largest starting salary (including signing bonus) upon graduation. And if you’re looking for a school with a lower initital cost, MBAs at public schools like UNC and University of Texas at Austin have lower tuition rates but still have median salary packages of about $123,000. And while HBS grads tend to have the highest starting salaries, students at Columbia report the biggest change in income after completing their MBA degree.
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Calculated using the 2014 data from the Financial Times and US News and World Report.