Undergraduate student loans can put students in the hole for decades. So when it comes to picking a graduate school, its important to choose a school that will give you the best chance of securing a high-paying job. Here are the 15 schools that lead to the highest-paying jobs. 

PayScale, an online salary, benefits and compensation company, culled its 2015-2016 College Salary Report, released in August, and ranked graduate schools based on the median salary for alumni, at least 10 years into their careers.

Law schools dominate the top 15 schools leading to the highest paying salaries, according to PayScale's findings, but the specific schools at the top of the list are not as obvious.

Meanwhile for a more immediate return on investment from a graduate degree, students who receive masters of business administration tend to rank higher for early career salaries, PayScale noted. "Nine out of the 10 graduate programs with the highest early career salaries are top-tier business schools -- and many have strong ties to STEM programs," PayScale said.

While law degrees and MBAs top the list of the 15 highest-paying graduate degrees, both Ph.D. and non-MBA masters degrees also made the list, albeit lower in rank. Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Ph.D. program produces the highest-earning holders of doctorates at an annual salary of $152,000. As well, for non-MBA masters, Stanford ranked highest with a median mid-career salary of $141,000. "Both programs produce grads with skills that cutting-edge tech companies need and are willing to pay big bucks for," PayScale said.

Click through to see which graduate school has the highest earnings potential and some notable alumni from each school.


14. The University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (tie)
Berkeley, Calif.
Degree Type: JD
Median Early Career Salary: $74,900
Median Mid-Career Salary: $164,000

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Berkeley Law, as the school is commonly referred to as, is one of 14 schools in the University of California school system.

Important figures in our nation's justice system got their law beginnings there, including Chief Justice of the United States Earl Warren, Secretary of State of the United States Dean Rusk, Attorney General of the United States Edwin Meese, United States Secretary of the Treasury and Chairman of the Federal Reserve G. William Miller, and former Solicitor General of the United States Theodore Olson, according to the school's Web site.


14. Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management(tie)
Evanston, Ill.
Degree Type: MBA
Median Early Career Salary: $117,000
Median Mid-Career Salary: $164,000

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Alumni of Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management include Tony Vernon, the CEO of Kraft Foods Group, Ellen Kullman, the recently retired chairman and CEO of DuPont, as well as consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton founders Edwin Booz and James Allen.


13. Columbia Business School
New York, N.Y.
Degree Type: MBA
Median Early Career Salary: $104,000
Median Mid-Career Salary: $167,000

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The list for the who's who of Columbia Business School is significant, starting with Warren Buffett, Henry Kravis co-founder of private equity behemoth, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, investing guru Mario Gabelli, and Mike Jeffries, the former CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch.


12. University of California, Berkeley - Haas School of Business
Berkeley, Calif.
Degree Type: MBA
Median Early Career Salary: $123,000
Median Mid-Career Salary: $169,000

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The Walter A. Haas School of Business, also known as the Haas School of Business or simply, Haas, is one of the 14 schools at the University of California Berkeley.

Notable alumni from the school includes Novartis CEO Joseph Jimenez, Paul Otellini, the former CEO of Intel, Scott Adams, the creator of the Dilbert comic strip and Barbara Desoer, the CEO of Citibank North America.


11. Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Sloan School of Management
Cambridge, Mass.
Degree Type: MBA
Median Early Career Salary: $131,000
Median Mid-Career Salary: $171,000

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Notable alumni from MIT's Sloan School of Management include the former United Nations Secretary-General and Nobel Peace prize winner, Kofi Annan, Republican Presidential Candidate and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, and the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, among many others.


9. Tulane University Law School (tie)
New Orleans, La.
Degree Type: JD
Median Early Career Salary: $65,700
Median Mid-Career Salary: $175,000

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Notable alumni Tulane Law School include U.S. Senator David Vitter of Louisiana, who is running for governorship of the state, movie producers and writer Robert Harling, best known for Steel Magnolias, Soapdish and The First Wives Club, and Victoria Reggie Kennedy, the second wife of U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy.


9. Stanford University Graduate School of Business (tie)
Stanford, Calif.
Degree Type: MBA
Median Early Career Salary: $118,000
Median Mid-Career Salary: $175,000

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Notable alumni of Stanford University Graduate School of Business include President John F. Kennedy, Mary Barra, the CEO of Ford Motors and Nike co-founder and chairman and former CEO Phil Knight.


8. Santa Clara University School of Law
Santa Clara, Calif.
Degree Type: JD
Median Early Career Salary: $81,300
Median Mid-Career Salary: $178,000

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Notable alumni of Santa Clara School of Law include Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, who champions Silicon Valley in the U.S. House of Representatives, Leon Pancetta, the former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2009 to 2011 and former Secretary of Defense from 2011 to 2013.


7. University of Southern California Gould School of Law
Los Angeles
Degree Type: JD
Median Early Career Salary: $76,200
Median Mid-Career Salary: $180,000

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Notable alumni at University of Southern California Gould School of Law include Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, the first black woman to represent the West Coast in Congress, Jeff Smulyan, the founder of CEO of media conglomerate, Emmis Communications and Sol Price, the founder of FedMart, Price Club and PriceSmart - predecessors to Costco.


6. The Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Degree Type: MBA
Median Early Career Salary: $122,000
Median Mid-Career Salary: $182,000

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Notable alumni Wharton include Republican Presidential candidate and business magnate Donald Trump (as well as his daughter, Ivanka), John Sculley, the former CEO of Apple, Ron Perelman, the chairman of Carnegie Hall and Ruth Porat, Alphabet's current CFO, among many others.

In addition, Warren Buffett studied for two years at Wharton but transferred to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he earned his bachelors degree. He eventually earning a masters from Columbia Business School.


5. Harvard Law School
Cambridge, Mass.
Degree Type: JD
Median Early Career Salary: $118,000
Median Mid-Career Salary: $186,000

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The list of notable alumni who attended Harvard Law School is endless, starting with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. As well, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, Elizabeth Dole and Republican Presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz are among those who received law degrees from the prestigious school.

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4. Georgetown University Law Center
Washington, D.C.
Degree Type: JD
Median Early Career Salary: $81,500
Median Mid-Career Salary: $188,000

Notable alumni from Georgetown University's Law Center include Terry McAuliffe, the governor of Virginia, as well as Jack Lew, the U.S. Treasury Secretary. Also, The Today Show co-anchor Savannah Guthrie as well as Fox News television anchor Greta Van Susteren are Georgetown Law alumni.


3. Harvard Business School
Boston
Degree Type: MBA
Median Early Career Salary: $114,000
Median Mid-Career Salary: $190,000

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Notable alumni from Harvard Business School include superstar model Tyra Banks, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Pershing Square Capital's Bill Ackman, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, among many other well-known corporate executives.


2. University of California at Los Angeles School of Law
Los Angeles
Degree Type: JD
Median Early Career Salary: $80,300
Median Mid-Career Salary: $199,000

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Notable alumni from UCLA's School of Law includes Republican Presidential candidate and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, Lowell Milken, founder of Knowledge Universe, the largest provider of early childhood education and brother to infamous bond trader Michael Milken (and the founder non-profit think tank The Milken Institute). Other notable alumni include John Branca, entertainment lawyer to the stars, including Michael Jackson, and film producer, Art Linson.


1. Emory University School of Law
Atlanta
Degree Type: JD
Median Early Career Salary: $72,700
Median Mid-Career Salary: $201,000

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Emory University's School of Law clocks in as the graduate school with the highest potential earnings 10 years in.

Some notable alumni who graduated from the Atlanta-based school include Glenda Hatchett of the former nine-season court reality show Judge Hatchett, amateur golfer and co-founder of the Masters tournament Robert "Bobby" Jones, Robert Henrickson, the former CEO and chairman of MetLife Inc., and Leah Ward Sears, the first black female Chief Justice in the U.S., serving the Supreme Court of Georgia for four years through June 2009.