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2021 Highest Paid Finance & Financial Management Graduates

46,736 Bachelor's Degrees
$48,186 Avg Salary
$23,578 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Finance & Financial Management School for You

Highest Paid Finance & Financial Management GraduatesWith 46,736 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, finance and financial management is the #10 most popular major in the United States. Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Highest Paid Finance Graduates ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

For this year's Highest Paid Finance & Financial Management Graduates ranking, we looked at 328 colleges that offer a bachelor's in finance.

The numbers used in this ranking are early career salaries, which we define to be 10 years after 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.

How Much Do Finance & Financial Management Majors Make After Graduation?

The average finance and financial management major who graduates from a school in the United States earns about $48,186 per year during the early years of their career. This means that graduates with bachelor's degrees in this field make 21% more than the average college graduate salary of $39,802.

Average Salary for Finance Graduates from Schools Nationwide  48,186
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National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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2021 Highest Paid Finance & Financial Management Grads in United States

The highest paid finance majors graduate from the following colleges and universities.

Top 25 Best Schools for Highly Paid Finance Graduates

#1

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. Finance majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $107,700.

On average, finance graduates from UPenn take out $19,239 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $202, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#2

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Carnegie Mellon is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Pittsburgh. Finance majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $91,500.

On average, finance graduates from Carnegie Mellon take out $21,646 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree.

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#3

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Georgetown University comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Washington, Georgetown 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 finance from the school is $81,400.

The average amount in student loans that finance majors at Georgetown take out while working on their bachelor's is $15,409. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $176.

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#4

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

University of Notre Dame landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid finance and financial management school. Located in the suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in finance from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $77,100.

After completing their bachelor's degree, finance graduates from Notre Dame carry an average student debtload of $18,042. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $197.

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#5

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC

Wake Forest University landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid finance and financial management school. Located in the medium-sized city of Winston-Salem, Wake Forest University is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in finance from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $71,900.

While working on their bachelor's, finance majors at Wake Forest University accumulate an average of around $18,062 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 $189.

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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Champaign, UIUC is a public school with a fairly large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, finance majors make an average salary of $68,700.

Finance majors at UIUC take out an average of $19,417 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $202, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#7

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid finance and financial management school. Boston College is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chestnut Hill. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in finance from the school is $68,500.

The average amount in student loans that finance majors at Boston College take out while working on their bachelor's is $14,906. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $170, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#8

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Villanova University. Located in the suburb of Villanova, Villanova is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in finance from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $68,300.

Finance majors at Villanova take out an average of $21,946 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 $268.

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#9

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

Our rankings recognize Lehigh University as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Bethlehem, Lehigh is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in finance from the school is $68,200.

The average amount in student loans that finance majors at Lehigh take out while working on their bachelor's is $20,006. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $230, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#10

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

Santa Clara University earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. SCU is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Santa Clara. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, finance majors make an average salary of $68,100.

The average amount in student loans that finance majors at SCU take out while working on their bachelor's is $18,684. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $202, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The #11 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Southern Methodist University. Located in the large suburb of Dallas, SMU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, finance majors make an average salary of $68,100.

While working on their bachelor's, finance majors at SMU accumulate an average of around $18,212 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $200, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#12

George Washington University

Washington, DC

George Washington University landed the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid finance and financial management school. GWU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in finance from the school is $67,800.

Finance majors at GWU take out an average of $20,705 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 $254.

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#13

Fordham University

Bronx, NY

The #13 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Fordham University. Located in the large city of Bronx, Fordham U is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, finance majors make an average salary of $66,900.

On average, finance graduates from Fordham U take out $21,799 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $270.

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The University of Texas at Austin landed the #14 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid finance and financial management school. Located in the city of Austin, UT Austin is a public college with a very large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in finance from the school is $66,800.

Finance majors at UT Austin take out an average of $17,033 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $174.

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University of Maryland - College Park earned the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings. UMCP is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of College Park. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in finance from the school is $64,600.

While working on their bachelor's, finance majors at UMCP accumulate an average of around $17,326 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $188, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#16

Regis University

Denver, CO

The #16 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Regis University. Regis U is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Denver. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, finance majors make an average salary of $64,200.

While working on their bachelor's, finance majors at Regis U accumulate an average of around $31,864 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $324.

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#17

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

University of Utah earned the #17 spot in our 2021 rankings. U of U is a very large public school located in the city of Salt Lake City. Students who receive their bachelor's in finance from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $63,400.

While working on their bachelor's, finance majors at U of U accumulate an average of around $17,401 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $156.

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The #17 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Washington University in St Louis. WUSTL is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Saint Louis.

After completing their bachelor's degree, finance graduates from WUSTL carry an average student debtload of $14,604. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $161, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#18

Tulane University of Louisiana

New Orleans, LA

The #18 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Tulane University of Louisiana. Tulane is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New Orleans. Finance majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $62,800.

The average amount in student loans that finance majors at Tulane take out while working on their bachelor's is $20,651. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $234.

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#19

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

The #19 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Syracuse University. Located in the midsize city of Syracuse, Syracuse is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. Finance majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $62,400.

The average amount in student loans that finance majors at Syracuse take out while working on their bachelor's is $24,795. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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#20

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

James Madison University earned the #20 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Harrisonburg, JMU is a public college with a very large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in finance from the school is $62,100.

While working on their bachelor's, finance majors at JMU accumulate an average of around $20,956 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 $231.

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Our rankings recognize Pennsylvania State University - World Campus as the #21 school in this year's rankings. Penn State World Campus is a fairly small public school located in the rural area of University Park. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, finance majors make an average salary of $61,800.

On average, finance graduates from Penn State World Campus take out $22,315 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 $259.

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Pennsylvania State University - University Park comes in at #22 in this year's ranking. Penn State University Park is a fairly large public school located in the city of University Park. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, finance majors make an average salary of $61,800.

While working on their bachelor's, finance majors at Penn State University Park accumulate an average of around $22,315 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $259.

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Our rankings recognize Pennsylvania State University - Erie - Behrend College as the #23 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Erie, Penn State Erie is a public school with a fairly small student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, finance majors make an average salary of $61,800.

After completing their bachelor's degree, finance graduates from Penn State Erie carry an average student debtload of $22,315. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $259.

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The #24 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg. Located in the suburb of Middletown, Penn State Harrisburg is a public school with a fairly small student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, finance majors make an average salary of $61,800.

On average, finance graduates from Penn State Harrisburg take out $22,315 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 $259.

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Rest of the Top Schools for Highest Paid Finance & Financial Management Graduates

#31

Trinity University

San Antonio, TX
#32

Muhlenberg College

Allentown, PA
#33

Binghamton University

Vestal, NY
#36

Elon University

Elon, NC
#36

Merrimack College

North Andover, MA
#37

Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA
#39

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI
#41

University of Delaware

Newark, DE
#42

University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL
#43

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX
#44

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT
#45

University of San Diego

San Diego, CA
#46

Lamar University

Beaumont, TX

Remaining Award Winners

This section shows the rest of the schools awarded a Highest Paid Finance & Financial Management Graduates badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 328 different United States finance and financial management schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
47 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
47 Cedarville University Cedarville, OH
48 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA
49 Howard University Washington, DC
51 University of Hartford West Hartford, CT
56 Lenoir - Rhyne University Hickory, NC

Additional Noteworthy Schools

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 Finance & Financial Management Graduates award.

Rank College Location
50 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
51 University of Denver Denver, CO
52 University of Scranton Scranton, PA
53 Bryant University Smithfield, RI
54 Baylor University Waco, TX
55 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
56 Oakland University Rochester Hills, MI
57 Pace University - New York New York, NY
58 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH
59 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
60 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
61 Brigham Young University - Idaho Rexburg, ID
62 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
63 Manhattanville College Purchase, NY
64 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
65 University of Georgia Athens, GA
71 Manchester University North Manchester, IN
76 Berry College Mount Berry, GA

Finance & Financial Management by Region

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Region
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New England
Rocky Mountains
The Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 21 majors within the Business, Management & Marketing area of study, Finance & Financial Management has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Business Administration & Management 172,408
Accounting 53,997
Marketing 44,258
General Business/Commerce 25,818
Human Resource Management 11,757

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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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Dave Dugdale.

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