By Tom Evelyn
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Bucknell University alumni have the second-highest earning potential among liberal arts college graduates and among the highest for all colleges and universities, according to the 2009 PayScale College Salary Report released this week. || Related coverage: The New York Times
Bucknell ranked No. 2 in median starting and mid-career salaries among graduates of top U.S. liberal arts colleges in the company's annual survey, which launched last year. In 2008, Bucknell topped the survey in both starting and mid-career salary among liberal arts colleges.
In this year's survey, Bucknell graduates had a median starting salary of $56,100 (up from $54,100 in 2008) and a median mid-career salary of $116,000 (up from $110,000 in 2008).
The salary report also ranked Bucknell as tied for 11th among all "top U.S. colleges," including Ivy League and state universities, for mid-career earning potential and tied for 4th among all engineering colleges in the same category.
"Our 2009 report shows that a degree from the right college or university in the right major can have huge and lasting benefits, from the start of a career to the mid-point," said Al Lee, director of qualitative analysis at PayScale. "This is especially important to remember today, when the economic fundamentals are so weak and job prospects are so uncertain. The data we've generated helps explain why some people are able to sustain and increase income over the long term, while others are not."
The salary report includes data for 40 majors from nearly 600 U.S.-based undergraduate colleges and universities.
PayScale's survey included only employees whose highest degree is a bachelor's. Starting salary data included full-time employees with five years of experience or less in their career or field. Mid-career salary data included full-time employees with at least 10 years of experience.
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