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2021 Highest Paid Mathematics Graduates

21,856 Bachelor's Degrees
$44,028 Avg Salary
$21,319 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Mathematics School for You

Highest Paid Mathematics GraduatesIn 2018-2019, 21,856 people earned their bachelor's in mathematics, making the major the #25 most popular 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 Math list to help you make the college decision.

For this year's Highest Paid Mathematics Graduates ranking, we looked at 181 colleges that offer a bachelor's in math.

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 Mathematics Majors Make After Graduation?

After graduating, mathematics majors that go to school in the United States go on to jobs making an average of $44,028 per year. This means that graduates with bachelor's degrees in this field make 11% more than the average college graduate salary of $39,802.

Average Salary for Math Graduates from Schools Nationwide  44,028
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National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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2021 Highest Paid Mathematics Grads in the United States

Below you'll see a list of the colleges and universities that produce the highest paid mathematics majors.

Top 25 Best Schools for Highly Paid Math Graduates

#1

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Our rankings recognize Harvard University as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. MIT is a large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge. Math majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $120,300.

Math majors at MIT take out an average of $12,251 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $85.

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#2

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Johns Hopkins University. Johns Hopkins is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Baltimore. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, math majors make an average salary of $78,600.

On average, math graduates from Johns Hopkins take out $15,756 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 $161.

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#2

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Our rankings recognize Carnegie Mellon University as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Carnegie Mellon is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Pittsburgh.

On average, math graduates from Carnegie Mellon take out $22,749 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree.

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#3

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Our rankings recognize Cornell University as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. Math majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $76,300.

Math majors at Cornell take out an average of $14,449 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 $148.

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#3

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Princeton University. Princeton is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Princeton.

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#4

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Our rankings recognize Vanderbilt University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. Math majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $75,500.

Math majors at Vanderbilt take out an average of $15,455 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $163, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#4

Yale University

New Haven, CT

Our rankings recognize Yale University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the midsize city of New Haven, Yale is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#5

Duke University

Durham, NC

The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Duke University. Located in the large city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, math majors make an average salary of $74,700.

The average amount in student loans that math majors at Duke take out while working on their bachelor's is $7,387. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $57.

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#6

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Northwestern U is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Evanston. Math majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $71,000.

On average, math graduates from Northwestern U take out $15,568 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 $149.

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United States Naval Academy earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large suburb of Annapolis, Annapolis is a public college with a small student population.

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#7

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

Our rankings recognize University of Chicago as the #7 school in this year's rankings. UChicago is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Chicago. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, math majors make an average salary of $70,700.

After completing their bachelor's degree, math graduates from UChicago carry an average student debtload of $17,221. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $184, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. RPI is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Troy. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in math from the school is $70,500.

On average, math graduates from RPI take out $21,518 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $241.

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#8

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA

College of William and Mary comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. William & Mary is a moderately-sized public school located in the small suburb of Williamsburg.

Math majors at William & Mary take out an average of $17,065 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 $200.

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#9

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

Our rankings recognize University of Pennsylvania as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

The average amount in student loans that math majors at UPenn take out while working on their bachelor's is $15,639.

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#9

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Boston College is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Chestnut Hill. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in math from the school is $65,700.

Math majors at Boston College take out an average of $15,662 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 $171.

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#10

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Our rankings recognize Georgetown University as the #10 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

On average, math graduates from Georgetown take out $15,798 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $174, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#10

Northeastern University

Boston, MA

Our rankings recognize Northeastern University as the #10 school in this year's rankings. Northeastern is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Boston. Students who receive their bachelor's in math from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $63,700.

On average, math graduates from Northeastern take out $25,099 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $288, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor comes in at #11 in this year's ranking. U of Michigan is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Ann Arbor. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, math majors make an average salary of $61,900.

On average, math graduates from U of Michigan take out $16,300 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 $171.

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#11

Kenyon College

Gambier, OH

Kenyon College earned the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings. Kenyon is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Gambier.

While working on their bachelor's, math majors at Kenyon accumulate an average of around $14,935 in student debt.

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#12

Amherst College

Amherst, MA

The #12 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Amherst College. Amherst is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Amherst. Students who receive their bachelor's in math from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $61,000.

After completing their bachelor's degree, math graduates from Amherst carry an average student debtload of $15,875.

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Brown University

Providence, RI

The #12 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Brown University. Brown is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Providence.

While working on their bachelor's, math majors at Brown accumulate an average of around $15,269 in student debt.

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#13

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

University of Virginia - Main Campus comes in at #13 in this year's ranking. University of Virginia is a very large public school located in the suburb of Charlottesville. Students who receive their bachelor's in math from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $60,700.

The average amount in student loans that math majors at University of Virginia take out while working on their bachelor's is $17,399. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $210.

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Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Our rankings recognize Stanford University as the #13 school in this year's rankings. Stanford is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Stanford.

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Our rankings recognize Columbia University in the City of New York as the #14 school in this year's rankings. Columbia is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York.

Math majors at Columbia take out an average of $16,272 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree.

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Rest of the Top 50 Schools for Highest Paid Mathematics Graduates

#26

United States Air Force Academy

USAF Academy, CO
#27

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY
#29

George Washington University

Washington, DC
#33

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA
#37

Hartwick College

Oneonta, NY
#38

Tufts University

Medford, MA
#42

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA
#43

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
#45

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA
#48

Whitman College

Walla Walla, WA
#49

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC

Remaining Award Winners

This list represents the rest of the colleges awarded a Highest Paid Mathematics Graduates badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 181 different United States mathematics schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
64 Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY
67 Anderson University Indiana Anderson, IN
68 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
69 Hofstra University Hempstead, NY
70 DePauw University Greencastle, IN
72 Wesleyan University Middletown, CT
75 Lafayette College Easton, PA
76 Adelphi University Garden City, NY
77 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
78 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
79 University of Delaware Newark, DE
80 Providence College Providence, RI
81 Bentley University Waltham, MA
82 Middlebury College Middlebury, VT
84 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
86 College of Saint Benedict Saint Joseph, MN
87 Washington State University Pullman, WA
89 Union College New York Schenectady, NY
90 Hobart and William Smith Colleges Geneva, NY
92 Lamar University Beaumont, TX
93 Manhattan College Riverdale, NY
94 Rice University Houston, TX
96 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
97 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
98 The College of Wooster Wooster, OH
100 Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
101 Iona College New Rochelle, NY
103 Pomona College Claremont, CA
104 American University Washington, DC
105 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
106 Catholic University of America Washington, DC
108 Trinity University San Antonio, TX
109 Azusa Pacific University Azusa, CA
110 St John’s University - New York Queens, NY
111 Howard University Washington, DC
112 Carleton College Northfield, MN
114 Gettysburg College Gettysburg, PA
115 Colby College Waterville, ME

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Math students seeking high pay that almost earned our Highest Paid Mathematics Graduates award.

Rank College Location
28 College of the Holy Cross Worcester, MA
29 Williams College Williamstown, MA
30 New York University New York, NY
31 University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI
32 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
33 Towson University Towson, MD
34 University of California - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
35 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
36 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
117 University of Denver Denver, CO
118 Franklin and Marshall College Lancaster, PA
119 California State University - East Bay Hayward, CA
120 Stonehill College Easton, MA
121 La Salle University Philadelphia, PA
122 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
123 Brandeis University Waltham, MA
124 Oberlin College Oberlin, OH
125 Barnard College New York, NY
131 Miami University - Oxford Oxford, OH
133 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
134 Westmont College Santa Barbara, CA
136 Augustana University Sioux Falls, SD
137 John Carroll University University Heights, OH
138 Drake University Des Moines, IA
139 Emory University Atlanta, GA
140 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
141 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
143 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
144 Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, NJ
146 Clarkson University Potsdam, NY
147 Whittier College Whittier, CA
148 California State University - Chico Chico, CA
149 Berry College Mount Berry, GA
150 Chapman University Orange, CA
151 Connecticut College New London, CT
152 Swarthmore College Swarthmore, PA
153 Muhlenberg College Allentown, PA
154 Grinnell College Grinnell, IA

Mathematics by Region

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Mathematics is one of 3 different types of Mathematics & Statistics programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Statistics 4,428
Applied Mathematics 4,288
Other Statistics 419

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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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