Alumni of Washington and Lee University have higher median starting salaries than graduates of any other college in Virginia, according to a recent survey. Yes, that includes Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia, which battled in previous years for the top spot.
PayScale, an organization that analyzes salary data, compiled the numbers.
Washington and Lee grads brought in a median income of $52,100 at the beginning of their careers, about $1,200 more than Hokies starting out in the real world and $1,900 more than graduates from UVA. The Generals squeezed into the 20 highest earning colleges in the country, tied with Santa Clara University for 19th place.
Tech came in at No. 76 on PayScale’s list, and UVA was No. 109. About 10 years into their careers, the average Hokie made $93,600 to the Cavaliers’ $89,400. That number for the Generals stands at $108,000, according to the survey.
Virginia Commonwealth University made the list at No. 681. VCU graduates had a median starting salary of $40,200 and a mid-career salary of $65,700.
New University of Richmond grads did a little better than VCU and rival William and Mary. Starting out, Spider alums made $47,800 to William and Mary’s $44,000. But William and Mary grads out-earned their UR counterparts later in their careers by almost $14,000.
Princeton graduates topped the list nationally, bringing in about $58,300 right out of college.
PayScale surveyed 1,058 of the 2,900 U.S. institutions that offer bachelor’s degrees and only considered workers with bachelor’s degrees.
Here’s a list of Virginia colleges mentioned in the survey:
Washington and Lee
Virginia Military Institute
The College of William and Mary
University of Virginia
George Mason University
University of Richmond
James Madison University
Old Dominion University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Norfolk State University