This is how much alumni at Georgia colleges make on average

May 2, 2015 Atlanta - Georgia Tech graduate Cambre Nicole Kelly, Biomedical Engineering major, celebrates after she received her degree during the Bachelor's morning ceremony of Spring 2015 Commencement at the McCamish Pavilion on Saturday, May 2, 2015. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Graduates from one Georgia school can make up to an average of $112,000 a year, according to the latest college salary report from data-driven salary profile database PayScale.

To come up with the master list, PayScale analysts used a sample size of 1.4 million degree holding, full-time, civilian employees in the U.S. and compiled 2015-2016 data from employees who successfully completed PayScale's survey.

PayScale defines "salary" as the base annual salary or hourly wage, including bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable.

Alumni with a bachelor's degree from Georgia Institute of Technology make an average of $65,800 per year in their early careers, but can potentially make up to $115,000 annually — placing the research university at No. 1 in the state and No. 22 among the nation's four-year colleges.

In addition, 48 percent of Georgia Tech alumni reported they believe their career work makes the world a better place.

Emory University alumni with a bachelor's degree came in at No. 2 among Georgia's four-year schools for highest annual salary, with alumni making an average of $55,300 early on and $93,100 midcareer. 

More than half of Emory alumni (58 percent) believe their work makes the world a better place, according to PayScale.

Nationally, Emory alumni graduating with a bachelor's degree rank 117th among the nation's four-year colleges.

The top 10 four-year Georgia schools with the highest average alumni salaries (bachelor's degree), according to PayScale:

  1. Georgia Institute of Technology - $65,800 early career pay; $115,000 midcareer pay; 48 percent high meaning
  3. Emory University - $55,300 early career; $93,100 midcareer; 58 percent high meaning
  5. Southern Polytechnic State University - $53,800 early career; $90,800 midcareer; 43 percent high meaning
  7. University of Georgia - $48,800 early career; $86,000 midcareer; 51 percent high meaning
  9. Morehouse College - $50,600 early career; $83,400 midcareer; 55 percent high meaning
  11. Kennesaw State University - $44,500 early career; $77,100 midcareer; 48 percent high meaning
  13. North Georgia College and State University - $40,000 early career; $75,000 midcareer; 57 percent high meaning
  15. Georgia State University - $45,800 early career; $72,100 midcareer; 54 percent high meaning
  17. University of West Georgia - $43,800 early career; $72,000 midcareer; 55 percent high meaning
  19. Berry College - $39,600 early career; $70,700 midcareer; 38 percent high meaning

See the full list of Georgia schools and their average alumni salaries.

Learn more about the methodology and how other schools, degrees stack up against Georgia.


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