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09-15-2014

Clarkson University Alumni Have Some of Highest Salaries in Nation According to PayScale

Clarkson University graduates have some of the highest salaries in the nation, according to the 2014-2015 College Salary Report from PayScale Inc.

larkson students and prospective employers at the University's spring 2014 career fairAlumni with Clarkson bachelor's degrees are in the top 4 percent of earners and those who went on to get additional degrees are in the top 2 percent.

Sixty-three percent of Clarkson alumni surveyed also found a high degree of meaning to their job, answering “Very much so” and “Yes” to the question “Does your work make the world a better place?"

"Prospective college students are being asked to make critical decisions about their financial future without all of the necessary information," said Lydia Frank, editorial director, PayScale. "If students understand a bit about their future earning potential before making choices about where to attend, what to major in and how much to borrow, they'll be in a much better position financially once they graduate and enter the workforce."

"The relationship between college tuition, what a student chooses to study while in school and becoming a wage earner after graduation has become clear," said Katie Bardaro, lead economist, PayScale. "The PayScale College Salary Report focuses on salary because, simply, it's PayScale's expertise, and data on post-graduate earnings is hard to come by elsewhere. We want to empower students with information and set them up for success in regards to their future careers and financial health."

AffordableCollegesOnline.org (ACO) lists Clarkson in the nation's top-30 private universities that offer a return on investment of at least $1 million. ACO also ranked Clarkson in New York state's top-10 for colleges and universities that provide the highest return on investment (ROI). Of students graduating in Clarkson’s Class of 2013 and using the campus Career Services Center, 95 percent reported being placed in their field of study or career aspiration in the first year after graduation.

All data used to produce the 2014-15 PayScale College Salary Report were collected from employees who successfully completed PayScale's salary survey (roughly 1.4 million over the last year). Self-employed, project-based, and contract employees are not included.

The full report is available at http://www.payscale.com/college-salary-report .

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Clarkson University graduates have some of the highest salaries in the nation, according to the new PayScale College Salary Report. Above, Clarkson students and prospective employers at the University's spring 2014 career fair.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/career-fair-sp2014.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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