The Top 10 “Hidden Gem” Colleges With the Highest-Paid Alumni

2. Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (Albany, NY & Colchester, VT)

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Albany’s specialty is the health sciences, one of the most lucrative fields a student can study at the college level. 

Few schools can boast the tremendous mid-career salaries that Albany alumni enjoy, which currently stands at an impressive $144,800.

However, another statistic stands out about Albany.

Over 80% of the alumni at the school, according to PayScale, feel that their work contribution makes the world a better place.

Career satisfaction is a common trend inside the Health Sciences field.

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is associated with the Albany Medical Center. Just 1,400 students comprise this school, taught by 115 faculty teachers.


1. Samuel Merritt University (Oakland, CA)

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The #1 highest-paying “hidden gem” institution in the country is a small Bay Area school focused entirely on the Health Sciences field.

Located within the campus of the Alta Bates Medical Center in Oakland, California, this robust university houses only 2700 total students at any given time, making it equivalent in size to most liberal arts schools.

Amazingly, 97% of all graduates find work within one year of graduation. Very few schools can boast such high employment rates.

Even more amazingly, 90% of alumni gain fulfillment from their work, noting that their employment makes the world a better place.

Samuel Merritt has five specific degree tracks; nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, Podiatric medicine, and physician assistantship.

Perhaps the reason their alumni are so highly-paid is due to the school’s tremendous specialty. As students are focused entirely on the health sciences, Samuel Merritt represents an opportunity for a student serious about finding a career in a very specific field.

Perhaps another reason the median pay is so high is that many graduates go on to work in Oakland as well as in greater Silicon Valley, where salaries are the highest in the country. In fact, the largest source of nurses in the East Bay come from Samuel Merritt University.

MEDIAN CAREER PAY: $154,100.00


Information taken from in October 2019 – PayScale is not affiliated with this article and can change the contents of their link anytime.

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