Editors' pick: Originally published Sept. 20.
If you're hunting for a graduate program (because a grad degree is the new bachelor's degree these days), or want to confirm that you made the right choice in selecting one, payscale.com has posted its annual salary report that details, among other things, the 25 schools whose graduates earn the most.
These top 25 constitute schools that award MBAs and JDs (noticeably missing are PhDs, whose degrees apparently didn't make the cut), and two numbers are listed for each school -- median early career pay (graduates within five years of getting their diplomas) and median mid-career pay (10 years or more of experience).
"Pay," in this survey, includes wages, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime, and other forms of cash earnings. (In other words, it does not include equity, health benefits, or retirement benefits.)
To get the raw intelligence, payscale.com collected input from between 50 and 4,000 working graduates at each school.
A grad school diploma for the members of the workforce is an increasingly important notch on the belt in terms of expertise and status. It can also be an opportunity to secure higher earnings than folks who didn't go to grad school -- or, as this list bears out, to certain grad schools.