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2021 Best Colleges in Massachusetts by Salary Score

By the GradReports team | Updated 3/1/2021

This list of the top 25 universities in Massachusetts highlights schools whose alumni earned higher salaries compared to alumni with the same major at other colleges. Salary Scores are calculated by comparing median alumni earnings in the first year after graduation for each major at a college to data for the same major at other universities. We then compiled these program scores into an overall Salary Score to show how each university stacks up against other schools across the country. The top 25 schools in Massachusetts all scored higher than the median for colleges in the United States, with Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology ranking #1 and #2 in our list of the best colleges in the U.S. We also found that Massachusetts has the second-highest median Salary Score for bachelor's degrees in the country.

To be considered for our state rankings, schools must offer and provide data for at least 8 bachelor's programs. You can click on a school's name to view individual program scores. Read our methodology to learn more about how schools were ranked.

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Salary Scores based on data reported by the U.S. Department of Education
Rank School Location Annual Tuition Salary Score
#1 #1 Cambridge Cambridge $50,420 99.54
#2 #2 Cambridge Cambridge $51,832 99.13
#3 #3 Chestnut Hill Chestnut Hill $55,464 96.56
#4 #4 Amherst Amherst $56,426 95.90
#5 #5 Waltham Waltham $49,880 95.76
#6 #6 Burlington Burlington $51,522 93.59
#7 #7 Worcester Worcester $52,770 92.76
#8 #8 Williamstown Williamstown $55,450 91.23
#9 #9 Easton Easton $42,746 89.81
#10 #10 Wellesley Wellesley $53,732 88.99
#11 #11 Boston Boston $33,950 85.61
#12 #12 Boston Boston $53,948 84.92
#13 #13 Medford Medford $56,382 84.23
#14 #14 Boston Boston $31,384 81.25
#15 #15 Waltham Waltham $55,395 80.98
#16 #16 Beverly Beverly $33,050 80.51
#17 #17 Worcester Worcester $50,530 79.93
#18 #18 Boston Boston $39,804 77.55
#19 #19 Boston Boston $14,167 75.43
#20 #20 Amherst Amherst $15,887 75.17
#21 #21 Worcester Worcester $10,161 73.47
#22 #22 Boston Boston $38,566 72.67
#23 #23 North Andover North Andover $41,760 72.21
#24 #24 Worcester Worcester $40,958 72.17
#25 #25 Boston Boston $46,852 70.26