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2021 Highest Paid Psychology Graduates

123,980 Bachelor's Degrees
$28,141 Avg Salary
$24,209 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Psychology School for You

Highest Paid Psychology GraduatesWith 123,980 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, psychology is the #6 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 Psychology list to help you make the college decision.

For this year's Highest Paid Psychology Graduates ranking, we looked at 882 colleges that offer a bachelor's 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 Psychology Majors After Graduation

The average psychology major who graduates from a school in the United States earns about $28,141 per year during the early years of their career. That's not so great, since it is 29% 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  28,141
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National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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2021 Highest Paid Psychology Grads in the United States

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

Top 25 Best Schools for Highly Paid Psychology Graduates

#1

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard University earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Harvard is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Cambridge.

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Our rankings recognize Columbia University in the City of New York as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#3

Barnard College

New York, NY

Barnard College landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid psychology school. Located in the large city of New York, Barnard is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#4

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Cornell is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Ithaca.

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#5

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Princeton University. Located in the city of Princeton, Princeton is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

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#5

Colgate University

Hamilton, NY

Colgate University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Colgate is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Hamilton.

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#6

Yale University

New Haven, CT

Our rankings recognize Yale University as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Yale is a large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of New Haven.

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#7

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Stanford University comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Stanford, Stanford is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#8

Dickinson College

Carlisle, PA

Dickinson College landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid psychology school. Located in the city of Carlisle, Dickinson is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#9

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Boston College. Located in the small city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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#10

Lafayette College

Easton, PA

Lafayette College earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large suburb of Easton, Lafayette is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#11

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

Our rankings recognize Lehigh University as the #11 school in this year's rankings. Lehigh is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Bethlehem.

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#12

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

University of Chicago earned the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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#13

Kenyon College

Gambier, OH

Kenyon College comes in at #13 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Gambier, Kenyon is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#13

Duke University

Durham, NC

Duke University comes in at #13 in this year's ranking. Duke is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Durham.

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#14

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Georgetown University comes in at #14 in this year's ranking. Georgetown is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington.

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#15

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH

Our rankings recognize Dartmouth College as the #15 school in this year's rankings. Dartmouth is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the town of Hanover.

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The #16 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Alaska Anchorage. Located in the large city of Anchorage, UAA is a public school with a large student population.

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Emmanuel College Massachusetts comes in at #17 in this year's ranking. Emmanuel Boston is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Boston.

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Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network earned the #18 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Boston, Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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The #19 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Northeastern University. Located in the city of Boston, Northeastern is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

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#19

Brown University

Providence, RI

Our rankings recognize Brown University as the #19 school in this year's rankings. Located in the midsize city of Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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#20

Providence College

Providence, RI

Providence College comes in at #20 in this year's ranking. Located in the midsize city of Providence, Providence is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#21

Suffolk University

Boston, MA

Our rankings recognize Suffolk University as the #21 school in this year's rankings. Suffolk is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Boston.

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#22

National University

La Jolla, CA

National University comes in at #22 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of La Jolla, National University is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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Rest of the Top 50 Schools for Highest Paid Psychology Graduates

#26

Fordham University

Bronx, NY
#27

Wabash College

Crawfordsville, IN
#28

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA
#29

Union College New York

Schenectady, NY
#30

Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT
#31

Capella University

Minneapolis, MN

#34

Stonehill College

Easton, MA
#35

Williams College

Williamstown, MA
#36

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA
#37

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
#41

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

#42

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, VA

#43

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA
#44

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
#45

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
#46

Brandeis University

Waltham, MA
#47

Baruch College

New York, NY
#48

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

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Additional Award Winners

This section shows the rest of the schools awarded a Highest Paid Psychology Graduates badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 882 different United States psychology schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 University of Houston - Downtown Houston, TX
52 California State University - East Bay Hayward, CA
53 University of Massachusetts - Boston Boston, MA
54 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
55 University of Maryland Global Campus Adelphi, MD
56 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
57 Bay Path University Longmeadow, MA
58 Rice University Houston, TX
59 American Public University System Charles Town, WV
60 Saint Anselm College Manchester, NH
61 Endicott College Beverly, MA
62 Trinity Washington University Washington, DC
63 Lasell College Newton, MA
64 Virginia Military Institute Lexington, VA
65 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA
66 Assumption University Worcester, MA
67 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
68 Gettysburg College Gettysburg, PA
69 Emory University Atlanta, GA
70 University of Bridgeport Bridgeport, CT
71 York College of Pennsylvania York, PA
72 Metropolitan State University Saint Paul, MN
73 Coppin State University Baltimore, MD
74 Hamline University Saint Paul, MN
75 Regis University Denver, CO
76 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
77 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
78 Bowie State University Bowie, MD
79 University of Denver Denver, CO
80 Salem State University Salem, MA
81 Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA
82 Franklin University Columbus, OH
83 Boston University Boston, MA
84 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
85 Catholic University of America Washington, DC
86 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
87 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY
88 Carroll University Waukesha, WI
89 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
90 Johnson State College Johnson, VT
91 Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY
92 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
93 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
94 University of Massachusetts - Lowell Lowell, MA
95 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
96 Colorado Christian University Lakewood, CO
97 The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX
98 Albright College Reading, PA
99 Randolph - Macon College Ashland, VA
100 University of Washington - Tacoma Campus Tacoma, WA
101 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
102 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
103 St Olaf College Northfield, MN
104 Washington College Chestertown, MD
105 Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC
106 Roger Williams University Bristol, RI
107 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
108 Gustavus Adolphus College Saint Peter, MN
109 Palo Alto University Palo Alto, CA
110 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
111 Colby - Sawyer College New London, NH
112 New York University New York, NY
113 Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Saint Mary of the Woods, IN
114 University of Minnesota - Duluth Duluth, MN
115 Upper Iowa University Fayette, IA
116 Widener University Chester, PA
117 Pepperdine University Malibu, CA
118 Pace University - New York New York, NY
119 Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN
120 Park University Parkville, MO
121 SUNY Empire State College Saratoga Springs, NY
122 College of William and Mary Williamsburg, VA
123 Bemidji State University Bemidji, MN
124 York College Jamaica, NY
125 SUNY Old Westbury Old Westbury, NY
126 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
127 Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, MD
128 Oregon Institute of Technology Klamath Falls, OR
129 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
130 Rhode Island College Providence, RI
131 Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, NH
132 Becker College Worcester, MA

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 Psychology Graduates award.

Rank College Location
133 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
134 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
135 University of Arizona-South Sierra Vista, AZ
136 Connecticut College New London, CT
137 Agnes Scott College Decatur, GA
138 North Carolina Wesleyan College Rocky Mount, NC
139 Framingham State University Framingham, MA
140 Alvernia University Reading, PA
141 Norwich University Northfield, VT
142 Monmouth University West Long Branch, NJ
143 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
144 Indiana University - South Bend South Bend, IN
145 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
146 Concordia College at Moorhead Moorhead, MN
147 Southwest Minnesota State University Marshall, MN
148 Lehman College Bronx, NY
149 Rochester College Rochester Hills, MI
150 University of Houston - Victoria Victoria, TX
151 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO
152 College of Saint Benedict Saint Joseph, MN
153 John Jay College of Criminal Justice New York, NY
154 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
155 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
156 Mary Baldwin University Staunton, VA
157 Bridgewater State University Bridgewater, MA
158 LeTourneau University Longview, TX
159 Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA
160 University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD
161 Washington State University Pullman, WA
162 Manhattanville College Purchase, NY
163 Worcester State University Worcester, MA
164 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
165 St Lawrence University Canton, NY
166 University of Delaware Newark, DE
167 Peru State College Peru, NE
168 Chapman University Orange, CA
169 Central Washington University Ellensburg, WA
170 William Paterson University of New Jersey Wayne, NJ
171 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
172 University of Central Oklahoma Edmond, OK
173 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
174 Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
175 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
176 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA

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Psychology Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
General Psychology 108,627
Child Development & Psychology 11,247
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 3,686
Other Psychology 420

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 154,751
Communication & Journalism 96,549
Education 88,927
History 25,943
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 24,420

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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 Nevit Dilmen.

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