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2021 Highest Paid General Biology Graduates

82,869 Bachelor's Degrees
$27,776 Avg Salary
$23,379 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best General Biology School for You

Highest Paid General Biology GraduatesWith 82,869 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, general biology is the #4 most popular major in the United States. When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Highest Paid Biology list to help you make the college decision.

This year's Highest Paid General Biology Graduates ranking analyzed 649 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in biology.

In this ranking, we use early career salaries - salaries 10 years from when a student started college. This is the salary typically earned 4-6 years after graduation, but may be different depending on how long a person takes to complete their degree.

Comparing Average Salaries of General Biology Majors

The average general biology major who graduates from a school in the United States earns about $27,776 per year during the early years of their career. That's not so great, since it is 30% less than the national average salary of a typical bachelor's degree holder. However, graduates from the schools in this list may make more.

Average Salary for Biology Graduates from Schools Nationwide  27,776
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55,600
National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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2021 Highest Paid General Biology Grads in the United States

The following colleges produce the highest paid biology graduates.

Top 25 Best Schools for Highly Paid Biology Graduates

#1

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH

Dartmouth College comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. Dartmouth is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the remote town of Hanover. Biology majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $42,600.

The average amount in student loans that biology majors at Dartmouth take out while working on their bachelor's is $9,856. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $78.

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University of Detroit Mercy earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. UDM is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Detroit. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in biology from the school is $41,600.

On average, biology graduates from UDM take out $20,353 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $197.

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University of the Pacific comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Stockton, Pacific is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in biology from the school is $41,500.

While working on their bachelor's, biology majors at Pacific accumulate an average of around $17,880 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $202.

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Our rankings recognize California State University - East Bay as the #4 school in this year's rankings. California State University - East Bay is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Hayward. Biology majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $40,300.

While working on their bachelor's, biology majors at California State University - East Bay accumulate an average of around $18,569 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $176.

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#5

Neumann University

Aston, PA

Neumann University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large suburb of Aston, Neumann is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in biology from the school is $39,600.

The average amount in student loans that biology majors at Neumann take out while working on their bachelor's is $32,044. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $324, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Columbia University in the City of New York comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. Biology majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $39,400.

While working on their bachelor's, biology majors at Columbia accumulate an average of around $21,377 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $219, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#7

DePauw University

Greencastle, IN

Our rankings recognize DePauw University as the #7 school in this year's rankings. DePauw is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Greencastle. Biology majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $39,300.

Biology majors at DePauw take out an average of $23,399 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#8

Indian River State College

Fort Pierce, FL

Our rankings recognize Indian River State College as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Fort Pierce, Indian River State College is a public school with a large student population. Biology majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $39,300.

While working on their bachelor's, biology majors at Indian River State College accumulate an average of around $10,829 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $83.

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#9

Kenyon College

Gambier, OH

Kenyon College comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Gambier, Kenyon is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Biology majors at Kenyon take out an average of $14,862 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $187, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Located in the large suburb of West Chester, WCUPA is a public school with a fairly large student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in biology from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $39,200.

On average, biology graduates from WCUPA take out $22,871 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $259, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#10

San Jose State University

San Jose, CA

San Jose State University earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. San Jose State is a very large public school located in the large city of San Jose. Students who receive their bachelor's in biology from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $39,200.

The average amount in student loans that biology majors at San Jose State take out while working on their bachelor's is $19,709. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $197.

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#11

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA

College of the Holy Cross landed the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid general biology school. Located in the medium-sized city of Worcester, Holy Cross is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in biology from the school is $39,100.

The average amount in student loans that biology majors at Holy Cross take out while working on their bachelor's is $23,012. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Salem State University earned the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large suburb of Salem, Salem State is a public school with a medium-sized student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in biology from the school is $38,900.

Biology majors at Salem State take out an average of $25,807 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $270, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Emmanuel College Massachusetts landed the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid general biology school. Emmanuel Boston is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boston. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, biology majors make an average salary of $38,500.

While working on their bachelor's, biology majors at Emmanuel Boston accumulate an average of around $26,840 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The #14 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Southern Indiana. Located in the midsize suburb of Evansville, USI is a public school with a large student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in biology from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $38,300.

The average amount in student loans that biology majors at USI take out while working on their bachelor's is $21,343. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $259, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#15

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

Santa Clara University earned the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Santa Clara, SCU is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in biology from the school is $38,100.

Biology majors at SCU take out an average of $19,916 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $254, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#16

Northeastern University

Boston, MA

Our rankings recognize Northeastern University as the #16 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Boston, Northeastern is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in biology from the school is $38,100.

On average, biology graduates from Northeastern take out $25,312 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network earned the #17 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Boston, Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in biology from the school is $38,100.

After completing their bachelor's degree, biology graduates from Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network carry an average student debtload of $25,312. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of New Hampshire at Manchester earned the #18 spot in our 2021 rankings. UNH Manchester is a fairly small public school located in the midsize city of Manchester. Biology majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $38,000.

Biology majors at UNH Manchester take out an average of $24,627 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of New Hampshire - Main Campus comes in at #19 in this year's ranking. U of NH is a fairly large public school located in the small suburb of Durham. Biology majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $38,000.

Biology majors at U of NH take out an average of $24,627 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#20

Virginia Military Institute

Lexington, VA

Virginia Military Institute earned the #20 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Lexington, VMI is a public college with a small student population. Biology majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $37,900.

On average, biology graduates from VMI take out $20,533 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $241, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#21

Winona State University

Winona, MN

Winona State University earned the #21 spot in our 2021 rankings. Winona State is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Winona. Biology majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $37,700.

Biology majors at Winona State take out an average of $25,373 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $265, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#22

Stonehill College

Easton, MA

Our rankings recognize Stonehill College as the #22 school in this year's rankings. Stonehill is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Easton. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in biology from the school is $37,600.

Biology majors at Stonehill take out an average of $25,274 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Our rankings recognize Worcester Polytechnic Institute as the #23 school in this year's rankings. Located in the midsize city of Worcester, WPI is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, biology majors make an average salary of $37,400.

After completing their bachelor's degree, biology graduates from WPI carry an average student debtload of $25,527. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Our rankings recognize United States Military Academy as the #23 school in this year's rankings. West Point is a small public school located in the town of West Point.

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Rest of the Top 50 Schools for Highest Paid General Biology Graduates

#26

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA
#27

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY
#27

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
#28

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA
#29

Metropolitan State University

Saint Paul, MN
#31

Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, CA
#31

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, MN
#32

Providence College

Providence, RI
#33

Tufts University

Medford, MA
#35

University of Rhode Island

Kingston, RI
#36

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA
#37

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA
#38

Bridgewater State University

Bridgewater, MA
#40

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
#42

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA
#43

Union College New York

Schenectady, NY
#44

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
#44

Bates College

Lewiston, ME

Additional Award Winners

This section shows the rest of the schools awarded a Highest Paid General Biology Graduates badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 649 different United States general biology schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
45 Murray State University Murray, KY
46 Barnard College New York, NY
46 Brandeis University Waltham, MA
47 Barry University Miami, FL
48 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
49 Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC
50 Gordon State College Barnesville, GA
51 Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA
52 Sonoma State University Rohnert Park, CA
53 Morningside College Sioux City, IA
54 Grinnell College Grinnell, IA
55 Missouri Western State University Saint Joseph, MO
56 Washington and Lee University Lexington, VA
56 Utah State University Logan, UT
57 Rhode Island College Providence, RI
58 Carroll University Waukesha, WI
58 Hastings College Hastings, NE
59 Duke University Durham, NC
60 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
60 Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN
61 Northwest Missouri State University Maryville, MO
62 Assumption University Worcester, MA
63 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
64 Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX
65 Augusta University Augusta, GA
66 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
66 Pepperdine University Malibu, CA
67 University of Massachusetts - Boston Boston, MA
68 University of Delaware Newark, DE
69 Albright College Reading, PA
70 Washington University in St Louis Saint Louis, MO
70 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
71 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
72 SUNY Cortland Cortland, NY
73 Anderson University Indiana Anderson, IN
73 University of Missouri - Kansas City Kansas City, MO
74 Utah Valley University Orem, UT
75 Georgia Gwinnett College Lawrenceville, GA
76 California University of Pennsylvania California, PA
76 Wesleyan University Middletown, CT
77 California State University - Fullerton Fullerton, CA
77 University of New England Biddeford, ME
78 University of New Haven West Haven, CT
79 University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA
80 Fitchburg State University Fitchburg, MA
81 Farmingdale State College Farmingdale, NY
82 Carthage College Kenosha, WI
83 Lafayette College Easton, PA
84 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
84 Middlebury College Middlebury, VT
85 Central Connecticut State University New Britain, CT
86 Texas State University San Marcos, TX
87 University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE
88 Cornell University Ithaca, NY
89 Metropolitan State University of Denver Denver, CO
90 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
90 Washington College Chestertown, MD
91 University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Champaign, IL
91 Widener University Chester, PA
92 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse La Crosse, WI
92 Hobart and William Smith Colleges Geneva, NY
93 Lamar University Beaumont, TX
93 Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Kutztown, PA
94 Norwich University Northfield, VT
95 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
96 Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, MA
97 American University Washington, DC
99 Rice University Houston, TX
100 The College of Wooster Wooster, OH
101 Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
102 Iona College New Rochelle, NY
105 Catholic University of America Washington, DC
106 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY
110 Lenoir - Rhyne University Hickory, NC
113 Trinity University San Antonio, TX
119 Gettysburg College Gettysburg, PA
121 Franklin and Marshall College Lancaster, PA
123 La Salle University Philadelphia, PA
124 Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Highest Paid General Biology Graduates award.

Rank College Location
98 Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY
99 Arkansas Tech University Russellville, AR
100 University of Nevada - Reno Reno, NV
101 Suffolk University Boston, MA
102 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
103 Worcester State University Worcester, MA
104 University of Vermont Burlington, VT
105 Kean University Union, NJ
106 University of Wyoming Laramie, WY
107 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
108 University of Central Oklahoma Edmond, OK
109 Tarleton State University Stephenville, TX
110 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
111 Colby - Sawyer College New London, NH
112 University of Missouri - St Louis Saint Louis, MO
113 Wellesley College Wellesley, MA
114 The College at Brockport Brockport, NY
115 Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI
116 California State University - San Marcos San Marcos, CA
117 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO
118 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
119 CUNY Medgar Evers College Brooklyn, NY
120 Stevenson University Stevenson, MD
121 Mississippi State University Mississippi State, MS
122 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
123 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Whitewater, WI
124 Boston University Boston, MA
125 University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, NC
126 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
127 Augsburg University Minneapolis, MN
128 Northeastern Illinois University Chicago, IL
129 University of Puget Sound Tacoma, WA
137 Westmont College Santa Barbara, CA
140 Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, IL
144 Excelsior College Albany, NY
148 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
150 Manchester University North Manchester, IN
152 Cedarville University Cedarville, OH
153 Pomona College Claremont, CA
157 Muhlenberg College Allentown, PA
161 Connecticut College New London, CT
165 Merrimack College North Andover, MA

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One of 14 majors within the Biological & Biomedical Sciences area of study, General Biology has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
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Notes and References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).

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