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2021 Highest Paid General Psychology Graduates

108,627 Bachelor's Degrees
$27,985 Avg Salary
$24,333 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best General Psychology School for You

Highest Paid General Psychology GraduatesGeneral Psychology is one of the most popular majors in the nation, ranking 3rd of all the majors we analyze. In 2018-2019, 108,627 bachelor's degrees were awarded to students with this major. Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Highest Paid Psychology Graduates ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

This year's Highest Paid General Psychology Graduates ranking analyzed 814 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in psychology.

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.

Salaries of General Psychology Majors After Graduation

After graduation, general psychology majors from schools in the United States earn an average salary of $27,985 per year. 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 Psychology Graduates from Schools Nationwide  27,985
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National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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2021 Highest Paid General Psychology Grads in United States

The following colleges produce the highest paid psychology graduates.

Top 25 Best Schools for Highly Paid Psychology Graduates

#1

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid general psychology school. Cornell is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Ithaca. Psychology majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $43,300.

While working on their bachelor's, psychology majors at Cornell accumulate an average of around $14,887 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $171.

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#2

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY

Colgate University earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Colgate is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Hamilton. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, psychology majors make an average salary of $43,100.

After completing their bachelor's degree, psychology graduates from Colgate carry an average student debtload of $15,127. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $167.

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#3

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard University comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Harvard is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Cambridge.

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#3

Dickinson College

Carlisle, PA

Dickinson College landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid general psychology school. Located in the city of Carlisle, Dickinson is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Psychology majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $40,900.

While working on their bachelor's, psychology majors at Dickinson accumulate an average of around $18,575 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $197, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#4

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. Psychology majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $40,800.

After completing their bachelor's degree, psychology graduates from Boston College carry an average student debtload of $15,406. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $171.

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#5

Lafayette College

Easton, PA

Lafayette College landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid general psychology school. Located in the suburb of Easton, Lafayette is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Psychology majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $40,000.

After completing their bachelor's degree, psychology graduates from Lafayette carry an average student debtload of $20,383. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $266, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#6

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

Lehigh University earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Lehigh is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Bethlehem. Psychology majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $40,000.

While working on their bachelor's, psychology majors at Lehigh accumulate an average of around $21,691 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $241.

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#7

Duke University

Durham, NC

Duke University landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid general psychology school. Duke is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Durham. Students who receive their bachelor's in psychology from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $39,100.

While working on their bachelor's, psychology majors at Duke accumulate an average of around $12,549 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $110, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#8

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Georgetown University earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Georgetown is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Washington. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in psychology from the school is $39,000.

After completing their bachelor's degree, psychology graduates from Georgetown carry an average student debtload of $15,565. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $182.

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University of Alaska Anchorage landed the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid general psychology school. Located in the large city of Anchorage, UAA is a public college with a fairly large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, psychology majors make an average salary of $37,600.

Psychology majors at UAA take out an average of $23,040 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $221, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#10

Suffolk University

Boston, MA

Suffolk University landed the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid general psychology school. Suffolk is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Boston. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in psychology from the school is $37,400.

The average amount in student loans that psychology majors at Suffolk take out while working on their bachelor's is $25,663. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $280.

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#11

Providence College

Providence, RI

Providence College earned the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the midsize city of Providence, Providence 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 psychology from the school is $37,400.

Psychology majors at Providence take out an average of $25,008 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 $280.

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#12

Kenyon College

Gambier, OH

Kenyon College landed the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid general psychology school. Located in the distant town of Gambier, Kenyon is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average amount in student loans that psychology majors at Kenyon take out while working on their bachelor's is $13,306. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $166, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#12

National University

La Jolla, CA

The #12 spot in this year's ranking belongs to National University. Located in the large city of La Jolla, National University is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, psychology majors make an average salary of $37,300.

The average amount in student loans that psychology majors at National University take out while working on their bachelor's is $29,556. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $292, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#13

Rider University

Lawrenceville, NJ

Rider University comes in at #13 in this year's ranking. Rider is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Lawrenceville. Psychology majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $37,000.

While working on their bachelor's, psychology majors at Rider accumulate an average of around $23,845 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 $270.

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The University of Texas of the Permian Basin landed the #14 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid general psychology school. UT Permian Basin is a medium-sized public school located in the midsize city of Odessa. Psychology majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $37,000.

The average amount in student loans that psychology majors at UT Permian Basin take out while working on their bachelor's is $15,816. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $156.

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#15

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN

Walden University comes in at #15 in this year's ranking. Walden University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the city of Minneapolis. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in psychology from the school is $36,900.

On average, psychology graduates from Walden University take out $38,514 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 $408.

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#16

Fordham University

Bronx, NY

Fordham University comes in at #16 in this year's ranking. Fordham U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Bronx. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in psychology from the school is $36,900.

Psychology majors at Fordham U take out an average of $21,812 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 $259.

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#17

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA

The #17 spot in this year's ranking belongs to College of the Holy Cross. Located in the medium-sized city of Worcester, Holy Cross is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. Psychology majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $36,800.

The average amount in student loans that psychology majors at Holy Cross take out while working on their bachelor's is $23,827. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $280.

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#18

Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT

Middlebury College earned the #18 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Middlebury, Middlebury is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in psychology from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $36,700.

The average amount in student loans that psychology majors at Middlebury take out while working on their bachelor's is $15,246. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $128, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#19

Capella University

Minneapolis, MN

Capella University earned the #19 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Minneapolis, Capella University is a private for-profit school with a fairly large student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in psychology from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $36,700.

While working on their bachelor's, psychology majors at Capella University accumulate an average of around $29,871 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $297, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#20

Binghamton University

Vestal, NY

Binghamton University landed the #20 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid general psychology school. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Vestal, Binghamton University is a public college with a fairly large student population. Psychology majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $36,600.

Psychology majors at Binghamton University take out an average of $19,762 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $213, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The College of New Jersey landed the #21 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid general psychology school. TCNJ is a moderately-sized public school located in the suburb of Ewing. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in psychology from the school is $36,400.

The average amount in student loans that psychology majors at TCNJ take out while working on their bachelor's is $20,195. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $221, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#22

Cedarville University

Cedarville, OH

Cedarville University landed the #22 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid general psychology school. Cedarville is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Cedarville.

While working on their bachelor's, psychology majors at Cedarville accumulate an average of around $20,764 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 $265.

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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 psychology from the school is $36,400.

While working on their bachelor's, psychology majors at Stonehill accumulate an average of around $23,482 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 $270.

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

#26

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
#27

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, VA
#28

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA
#29

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
#30

San Jose State University

San Jose, CA
#32

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
#34

Hartwick College

Oneonta, NY
#38

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI
#39

Bay Path University

Longmeadow, MA
#40

Saint Anselm College

Manchester, NH
#40

Westmont College

Santa Barbara, CA
#42

Rice University

Houston, TX
#44

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY
#45

Endicott College

Beverly, MA
#46

Lasell College

Newton, MA
#47

Virginia Military Institute

Lexington, VA

Additional Award Winners

This list represents the rest of the schools awarded a Highest Paid General Psychology Graduates badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 814 different United States general psychology schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
48 Assumption University Worcester, MA
49 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA
50 Gettysburg College Gettysburg, PA
51 Emory University Atlanta, GA
51 Colby College Waterville, ME
52 University of Bridgeport Bridgeport, CT
53 York College of Pennsylvania York, PA
54 Metropolitan State University Saint Paul, MN
55 Coppin State University Baltimore, MD
56 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
57 Regis University Denver, CO
58 Hamline University Saint Paul, MN
59 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
60 Bowie State University Bowie, MD
61 University of Denver Denver, CO
62 Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA
63 Salem State University Salem, MA
64 The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX
65 Boston University Boston, MA
66 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
67 Catholic University of America Washington, DC
68 Carroll University Waukesha, WI
69 Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY
69 Wesleyan University Middletown, CT
70 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
71 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
72 Johnson State College Johnson, VT
73 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
74 University of Massachusetts - Lowell Lowell, MA
75 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
76 Colorado Christian University Lakewood, CO
77 Randolph - Macon College Ashland, VA
78 University of Washington - Tacoma Campus Tacoma, WA
79 St Olaf College Northfield, MN
80 Washington College Chestertown, MD
81 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
82 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY
83 DePauw University Greencastle, IN
83 Roger Williams University Bristol, RI
84 Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC
85 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
86 Gustavus Adolphus College Saint Peter, MN
87 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
88 Colby - Sawyer College New London, NH
89 New York University New York, NY
90 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
91 Saint Mary - of - the - Woods College Saint Mary of the Woods, IN
92 Widener University Chester, PA
93 Upper Iowa University Fayette, IA
94 University of Minnesota - Duluth Duluth, MN
95 Trinity Washington University Washington, DC
96 Pepperdine University Malibu, CA
97 Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN
98 College of William and Mary Williamsburg, VA
99 SUNY Empire State College Saratoga Springs, NY
100 SUNY Old Westbury Old Westbury, NY
101 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY
101 CUNY York College Jamaica, NY
102 Bemidji State University Bemidji, MN
103 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO
104 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
105 Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, MD
105 Lenoir - Rhyne University Hickory, NC
106 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
107 Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester, MA
107 Rhode Island College Providence, RI
108 Connecticut College New London, CT
109 Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, NH
110 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
111 University of Arizona-South Sierra Vista, AZ
112 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
113 Becker College Worcester, MA
114 North Carolina Wesleyan College Rocky Mount, NC
115 The New School New York, NY
115 Agnes Scott College Decatur, GA
116 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
117 Norwich University Northfield, VT
118 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
118 Trinity College Hartford, CT
119 Alvernia University Reading, PA
120 Indiana University - South Bend South Bend, IN
121 Southwest Minnesota State University Marshall, MN
122 Framingham State University Framingham, MA

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
123 Concordia College at Moorhead Moorhead, MN
124 Monmouth University West Long Branch, NJ
125 CUNY Lehman College Bronx, NY
125 Augustana University Sioux Falls, SD
126 Rochester College Rochester Hills, MI
127 University of Houston - Victoria Victoria, TX
128 Mary Baldwin University Staunton, VA
129 College of Saint Benedict Saint Joseph, MN
129 Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, IL
130 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
131 Abilene Christian University Abilene, TX
131 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
132 Washington State University Pullman, WA
133 Worcester State University Worcester, MA
134 LeTourneau University Longview, TX
134 Manchester University North Manchester, IN
135 University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD
136 Bridgewater State University Bridgewater, MA
137 Manhattanville College Purchase, NY
138 Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA
139 St Lawrence University Canton, NY
140 University of New Hampshire at Manchester Manchester, NH
140 Clarkson University Potsdam, NY
141 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
142 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
143 William Paterson University of New Jersey Wayne, NJ
144 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
145 Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
146 Wartburg College Waverly, IA
146 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
147 University of Portland Portland, OR
148 University of Central Oklahoma Edmond, OK
149 Peru State College Peru, NE
149 Belmont University Nashville, TN
150 Chapman University Orange, CA
151 New York Institute of Technology Old Westbury, NY
151 Central Washington University Ellensburg, WA
152 Grand View University Des Moines, IA
153 Arizona State University - West Glendale, AZ
154 Colorado Mesa University Grand Junction, CO
155 Arizona State University - Skysong Scottsdale, AZ
156 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
157 American University Washington, DC
158 Mount Saint Mary College Newburgh, NY
159 Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA
160 University of Northwestern - St Paul Saint Paul, MN
161 University of Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
162 Otterbein University Westerville, OH

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General Psychology is one of 3 different types of Psychology programs to choose from.

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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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