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  • Dr. Jacob Bonne
    July 15, 2022 3:06:49 PM EDT . 7 min read

List of R2 Universities That Produce High-Earning Females

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Tour the outcomes behind this list.

Strengthening the college to career progression has become increasingly "mission critical" work at top institutions across the country. At the core of this work is leveraging data to understand outcomes and then pivoting resources in an equitable approach to student success.

How did we develop this list of R2 Universities?

To understand how we developed this list you first have to understand our data. To obtain a comprehensive picture of education and workforce outcomes, we collect, organize, classify and analyze demographic, education and employment data from hundreds of sources. Our data then undergoes a rigorous process of validation for quality and veracity to ensure reliable, high-quality information on over 130 million people, over 25 million companies and over 1 billion data points.

To discover the colleges and universities making the greatest impact in any given category, we leverage our technology to explore the desired set of variables to return a list of top schools in seconds. For this analysis, we used demographic, education and employment filters to generate a list of R2 universities producing the most high-earning females under 40. Here's how we sliced the data:

  • Salary: $100K or greater
  • Age: 40 or younger
  • Gender: Female
  • University: R2 Classification

In "The State of the Gender Pay Gap in 2021," PayScale reports that the pay gap widens as women progress in their careers. In an uncontrolled group of executives, women made $0.70 to every dollar made by men. They attribute this, in part, to the opportunity gap, explained as the tendency for women to climb the corporate ladder slower than men. In theory, if women accelerate their pace of upward mobility, they'll decrease their deficit in potential lifetime earnings.

Universities producing high-earning female alumni under 40 are working toward better outcomes for their students, recent grads and alumni. We looked specifically at R2 universities by region to learn who is making the biggest strides in gender and pay.

R2 Universities in the West

1. San Francisco State University

Average Salary: $126,013

Top Employers: Kaiser Permanente, Amazon, Facebook

Top Majors: Psychology, Marketing, Business Administration

2. California State University, Fullerton

Average Salary: $125,876

Top Employers: Kaiser Permanente, Amazon, EY

Top Majors: Communications, Psychology, Accounting

3. California State University, Long Beach

Average Salary: $124,931

Top Employers: Northrop Grumman, Amazon, CVS Health

Top Majors: Nursing, Psychology, Healthcare

4. Brigham Young University

Average Salary: $128,493

Top Employers: Adobe, Goldman Sachs, EY

Top Majors: Law, Accounting, Communications

5. Portland State University

Average Salary: $126,049

Top Employers: Intel, Nike, Amazon

Top Majors: Psychology, Science, Accounting

6. University of San Diego

Average Salary: $131,450

Top Employers: KPMG, Deloitte, Family Health Centers of San Diego

Top Majors: Law, Political Science, Nursing

7. Northern Arizona University

Average Salary: $125,412

Top Employers: Banner Health, Arizona State University, Mayo Clinic

Top Majors: Education, Nursing, Leadership

8. Chapman University

Average Salary: $129,976

Top Employers: CVS Health, EY, Walt Disney Company

Top Majors: Law, Psychology, Communications

9. Loyola Marymount University

Average Salary: $131,265

Top Employers: Deloitte, Amazon, Microsoft

Top Majors: Law, Psychology, Business Administration

10. San Diego State University

Average Salary: $127,334

Top Employers: Northrop Grumman, Amazon, Kaiser Permanente

Top Majors: Psychology, Accounting, Business Administration

11. Boise State University

Average Salary: $132,534

Top Employers: Deloitte, Amazon, Microsoft

Top Majors: Nursing, Healthcare, Biology

12. Azusa Pacific University

Average Salary: $126,486

Top Employers: St. Luke’s Health System, HP, Micron

Top Majors: Nursing, Accounting, Healthcare

 

Tour the outcomes behind this list.

 

R2 Universities in the Northeast

1. Villanova University

Average Salary: $129,697

Top Employers: Vanguard, Boeing, Deloitte

Top Majors: Law, Nursing, Business Administration

2. Fordham University

Average Salary: $134,676

Top Employers: JPMorgan Chase & Co., Citi, EY

Top Majors: Law, Psychology, Political Science & Government

3. Duquesne University

Average Salary: $128,142

Top Employers: CVS Health, Allegheny Health Network, UPMC

Top Majors: Pharmacy & Pharmacology, Law, Nursing

4. University of Rhode Island

Average Salary: $127,290

Top Employers: CVS Health, Lifespan, Citizens Bank

Top Majors: Pharmacy & Pharmacology, Nursing, Psychology

5. Seton Hall University

Average Salary: $130,150

Top Employers: JP Morgan Chase & Co., Johnson & Johnson, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Top Majors: Law, Nursing, Healthcare

6. Rochester Institute of Technology

Average Salary: $128,157

Top Employers: Microsoft, Google, L3Harris Technologies

Top Majors: Computer Science, Design, Mechanical Engineering

7. University of Vermont

Average Salary: $129,115

Top Employers: Dartmouth-Hitchcock, The University of Vermont Health Network, National Life Group

Top Majors: Nursing, Psychology, Political Science & Government

8. Montclair State University

Average Salary: $126,238

Top Employers: Prudential Financial, Bed Bath & Beyond, Citi

Top Majors: Psychology, Accounting, Business Administration

9. Lehigh University

Average Salary: $130,264

Top Employers: Merck, JPMorgan Chase & Co., PwC

Top Majors: Engineering, Accounting, Marketing

10. Long Island University

Average Salary: $128,266

Top Employers: CVS Health, Northwell Health, Walgreens

Top Majors: Pharmacy & Pharmacology, Nursing, Healthcare

11. West Chester University

Average Salary: $125,755

Top Employers: Vanguard, Janssen, QVC

Top Majors: Nursing, Education, Marketing

12. Rowan University

Average Salary: $130,962

Top Employers: TD, Comcast, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals

Top Majors: Biology, Communications, Nursing

13. The New School 

Average Salary: $129,744

Top Employers: Facebook, Google, City of New York

Top Majors: Design, Fashion, International Relations

 

R2 Universities in the South

1. Nova Southeastern 

Average Salary: $132,828

Top Employers: CVS Health, Walgreens, Baptist Health South Florida

Top Majors: Healthcare, Biology, Pharmacy & Pharmacology

2. American University

Average Salary: $132,439

Top Employers: Deloitte, Booz Allen Hamilton, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Top Majors: Law, Political Science & Government, International Relations

3. James Madison University

Average Salary: $126,726

Top Employers: Capital One, Deloitte, Booz Allen Hamilton

Top Majors: Healthcare, Accounting, Marketing

4. Florida Atlantic University

Average Salary: $131,885

Top Employers: Florida Power & Light Company, CVS Health, Deloitte

Top Majors: Accounting, Nursing, Business Management

5. East Carolina University

Average Salary: $127,162

Top Employers: Duke University Health System, Atrium Health, Bank of America

Top Majors: Nursing, Biology, Accounting

See the NC Universities with the most high-earning female grads here.

6. Texas State University

Average Salary: $126,225

Top Employers: USAA, Dell, Deloitte

Top Majors: Accounting, Healthcare, Marketing

7. Southern Methodist University 

Average Salary: $130,979

Top Employers: Lockheed Martin, AT&T, Deloitte

Top Majors: Law, Accounting, Business Administration

8. UNC Charlotte

Average Salary: $126,473

Top Employers: Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Atrium Health

Top Majors: Nursing, Accounting, Computer Science

See the NC Universities with the most high-earning female grads here.

9. Kennesaw State University

Average Salary: $126,825

Top Employers: Emory Healthcare, CVS Health, AT&T

Top Majors: Nursing, Accounting, Business Administration

10. Wake Forest University

Average Salary: $132,329

Top Employers: Deloitte, EY, Bank of America

Top Majors: Law, Accounting, Political Science & Government

See the NC Universities with the most high-earning female grads here.

11. Howard University

Average Salary: $135,577

Top Employers: Accenture, CVS Health, Facebook

Top Majors: Law, Biology, Healthcare

12. Texas Christian University

Average Salary: $131,855

Top Employers: Lockheed Martin, Deloitte, Cook Childrens

Top Majors: Nursing, Accounting, Law

13. University of North Florida

Average Salary: $128,369

Top Employers: Deutsche Bank, Mayo Clinic, Baptist Health

Top Majors: Nursing, Psychology, Accounting

 

Tour the outcomes behind this list.

 

R2 Universities in the Midwest

1. DePaul University

Average Salary: $129,588

Top Employers: Allstate, Northern Trust Corporation, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois

Top Majors: Law, Psychology, Accounting

2. Miami University

Average Salary: $129,263

Top Employers: Deloitte, Cardinal Health, EY

Top Majors: Marketing, Accounting, Law

3. Loyola University Chicago

Average Salary: $133,063

Top Employers: CVS Health, Deloitte, Advocate Aurora Health

Top Majors: Law, Nursing, Psychology

4. Marquette University

Average Salary: $130,161

Top Employers: Aurora Healthcare, Medical College of Wisconsin, Advocate Aurora Health

Top Majors: Law, Nursing, Biomedical Science

5. Saint Louis University

Average Salary: $129,485

Top Employers: Boeing, Mercy, Centene Corporation

Top Majors: Law, Nursing, Healthcare

6. Central Michigan University

Average Salary: $126,642

Top Employers: General Motors, Beaumont Health, Ford Motor Company

Top Majors: Healthcare, General Science, Human Resources

7. Western Michigan University

Average Salary: $127,208

Top Employers: Kellogg Company, Stryker, Bronson Healthcare

Top Majors: Marketing, Psychology, Accounting

8. Northern Illinois University

Average Salary: $127,594

Top Employers: Abbvie, CVS Health, Deloitte

Top Majors: Accounting, Nursing, Law

9. Illinois State University

Average Salary: $126,564

Top Employers: State Farm, Caterpillar Inc., Country Financial

Top Majors: Nursing, Accounting, Communications

10. Ball State University

Average Salary: $127,564

Top Employers: Indiana University Health, Community Health Network, Caravel Autism Health

Top Majors: Nursing, Psychology, Behavioral Science

11. Oakland University

Average Salary: $126,964

Top Employers: General Motors, Beaumont Health, Henry Ford Health System

Top Majors: Nursing, Healthcare, Accounting

12. The University of Akron

Average Salary: $129,167

Top Employers: Cleveland Clinic, Akron Children's Hospital, Gojo Industries

Top Majors: Nursing, Law, Accounting

13. Cleveland State University

Average Salary: $128,954

Top Employers: Cleveland Clinic, Keybank, Sherwin-Williams

Top Majors: Law, Healthcare, Business Administration

14. Creighton University

Average Salary: $134,926

Top Employers: CHI Health, CVS Health, Nebraska Medicine

Top Majors: Pharmacy & Pharmacology, Nursing, Law

 

How did we develop this list?

To understand how we developed this list you first have to understand our data. To obtain a comprehensive picture of education and workforce outcomes, we collect, organize, classify and analyze demographic, education and employment data from hundreds of sources. Our data then undergoes a rigorous process of validation for quality and veracity to ensure reliable, high-quality information on over 130 million people, over 25 million companies and over 1 billion data points.

To discover the colleges and universities making the greatest impact in any given category, we leverage our technology to explore the desired set of variables to return a list of top schools in seconds. For this analysis, we used demographic, education and employment filters to generate a list of R2 universities producing the most high-earning females under 40. Here's how we sliced the data:

  • Salary: $100K or greater
  • Age: 40 or younger
  • Gender: Female
  • University: R2 Classification

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