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U.B. graduates are top earners in WNY

Posted: 3:48 PM, Mar 29, 2016
Updated: 2016-03-30 14:41:03Z

If you want a job that pays well, it helps to have a degree-in-hand from the University at Buffalo.

The region's largest school scored the highest locally in a Business First analysis of earnings for graduates at colleges and universities in Upstate New York. The average alumnus of U.B. who is currently employed 10 years after starting classes at the school brings home a salary of $57,300. Graduates of D'Youville College fared the second best locally, earning $53,400 annually. Canisius College graduates earn, on average, $49,800, followed by Daemen College graduates at $46,400 and Niagara University graduates at $46,000.

Here is a list of the top 25 upstate schools based on the the average salaries of recent graduates, plus the rankings for Western New York colleges and universities who rank below 25:

1. Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences: $101,200

2. Cornell University: $93,800

3. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: $85,500

4. Colgate University: $79,600

5. University of Rochester: $74,300

6. Union College: $71,200

7. Hamilton College: $70,700

8. Clarkson University: $69,500

9. Binghamton University: $65,100

10. Syracuse University: $63,900

11. Rochester Institute of Technology: $61,300

11. Siena College: $61,300

13. University at Buffalo: $57,300

14. Hobart and William Smith Colleges: $56,700

14. University at Albany: $56,700

16. Ithaca College: $55,600

17. D'Youville College: $53,400

18. St. Lawrence University: $51,600

19. Skidmore College: $51,400

20. SUNY Geneseo: $51,300

21. Le Moyne College: $51,200

21. SUNY Polytechnic Institute: $51,200

23. St. Bonaventure University: $50,200

24. Hartwick College: $50,100

25. Canisius College: $49,800

Other local rankings:

31. Daemen College: $46,400

33. Niagara University: $46,000

37. Hilbert College: $44,000

39. Medaille College: $43,900

41. College at Brockport: $43,200

45. SUNY Fredonia: $42,300

46. Houghton College: $41,600

48. SUNY Buffalo State: $40,600