With the expense of college no small matter, choosing the right school can make all the difference in paying off those often-crippling student loans.

PayScale has ranked hundreds of universities and other institutions of higher learning by the median pay its graduates earn at the midpoint of their careers. Of course, high pay doesn’t always equate with job satisfaction. That’s reflected in the fact that one of highest ranked the colleges in terms of earnings has only about one-third of its graduates finding a high level of meaning in their jobs.

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That job meaning quotient is a measure of how many respondents said their occupations make the world a better place. PayScale looked at institutions that offer two-year, four-year and graduate degrees. We looked at the highest ranked four-year colleges offering bachelor’s degrees among the more than 1,000 colleges and universities studied in the PayScale report and ranked them by mid-career pay. Data was collected from employees who completed PayScale’s survey.

For those looking for bargains, it’s worth noting that five of the colleges on this list are public institutions.

Check out the top 13 colleges whose grads earn the most: 

Washington and Lee University (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

13. (tie) Washington and Lee University

Early Career Median Pay: $54,700

Mid-Career Median Pay: $120,000

% High Job Meaning: 58%

 U.S. Military Academy Graduates (Photo: AP)

13. (tie) U.S. Military Academy (West Point)

Early Career Median Pay: $78,500

Mid-Career Median Pay: $120,000

% High Job Meaning: 61%

Edwin A. Stevens Building on the Campus of the Stevens Institute of Technology. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

13. (tie) Stevens Institute of Technology

Early Career Median Pay: $66,800

Mid-Career Median Pay: $120,000

% High Job Meaning: 47%

Students parade through the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. (Photos: AP)

13. (tie) University of Pennsylvania

Early Career Median Pay: $60,300

Mid-Career Median Pay: $120,000

% High Job Meaning: 55%

University of Pennsylvania grads are high earners and the school is also home to the top-rated undergraduate Insurance & Risk Management program.

Babson college. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

9. Babson College

Early Career Median Pay: $60,700

Mid-Career Median Pay: $121,000

% High Job Meaning: 30%

Princeton University Campus (Photo: AP)

8. Princeton University

Early Career Median Pay: $61,300

Mid-Career Median Pay: $122,000

% High Job Meaning: 58%

Stanford Chapel on the Stanford University campus. (Photo: AP)

7. Stanford University

Early Career Median Pay: $65,900

Mid-Career Median Pay: $123,000

% High Job Meaning:  62%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

6. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Early Career Median Pay: $74,900

Mid-Career Median Pay: $124,000

% High Job Meaning: 55%

The Millikan Library on the campus of Caltech. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

5. California Institute of Technology

Early Career Median Pay: $72,600

Mid-Career Median Pay: $125,000

% High Job Meaning: 66%

U.S. Naval Academy cadets take the oath of office during the commissioning ceremony. (Photo: AP)

4. (tie) U.S. Naval Academy

Early Career Median Pay: $78,200

Mid-Career Median Pay: $126,000

% High Job Meaning: 55%

Harvard Law School graduates. (Photo: AP)

4. (tie) Harvard University

Early Career Median Pay: $61,400

Mid-Career Median Pay: $126,000

% High Job Meaning: 65%

Harvey Mudd College. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

2. Harvey Mudd College

Early Career Median Pay: $78,200

Mid-Career Median Pay: $133,000

% High Job Meaning: 63%

 

Maritime College

1. State University of New York – Maritime College

Early Career Median Pay: $65,200

Mid-Career Median Pay: $134,000

% High Job Meaning: 65%