Where you go to school DOES matter


From the pages of the Wall Street Journal this morning (subscription required) comes a new survey that reveals what we've all long suspected. Where you go to college does indeed matter in terms of pay.

Payscale, Inc., an online provider of global compensation data, recently released the findings of a yearlong study in which it surveyed 1.2 million bachelor's degree holders with a minimum of 10 years of work experience. The subjects' alma maters ranged from state schools to the Ivy League. It didn't survey those with advanced degrees, law or business degrees.

The median starting salary for Ivy Leaguers is 32% higher than that of liberal-arts colleges, according to the survey. And that lead grows as a graduate's career progresses. Ten-plus years into their careers, Ivy League graduates earn 34% more than graduates of other schools.