July 23, 2010

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By Sam Alcorn

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University alumni have the third-highest earning potential among liberal arts college graduates and among the highest for all colleges and universities, according to the 2010 PayScale College Salary Report released this week. || Related coverage CNN Money, The Huffington Post

Bucknell ranks No. 3 in median starting and mid-career salaries among graduates of top U.S. liberal arts colleges in the company's annual survey, which launched in 2008.

In this year's survey of liberal arts schools, Bucknell graduates had a median starting salary of $55,800, down slightly from $56,100 in 2009 and a median mid-career salary of $115,000, down from $116,000 last year, but still up from $110,000 in 2008.

10th among 'top colleges'
The salary report also ranked Bucknell as 10th among all "top U.S. colleges," including Ivy League and state universities, for mid-career earning potential. || Top colleges survey

"The findings in our 2010 salary report support the soft and uncertain economic outlook: Starting salary for graduates of colleges and universities across the country are down from previous levels," said Al Lee, director of qualitative analysis at PayScale. "It is clear that the deep recession and slow recovery has not only made it harder to find a job, but has also brought down overall compensation for college graduates beginning their careers."

The 2010 PayScale College Salary report includes 999 schools.

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