Ivy League equals top pay ? Think again

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Ivy League Universities are synonymous with well-paid jobs. However, according to a new report neither of them correspond well with starting salaries.

Breaking down the closely watched U.S. News and World Report's college ranking guide, The Washington Post reports that if beginning pay scales were the sole indicator, neither the country's four top universities-Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Columbia-would even crack the top 10 or 20 schools. Instead, the highest starting salaries belong to top military and tech schools that churn out graduates that major in math and science.

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According to the Post's data, the honor of schools with the highest median beginning salary belongs to the U.S. Naval Academy, where alumni earn $80,000 right out of college; Harvey Mudd College, a liberal arts bastion that specializes in math and physical sciences (grads get a median of $76,000), and West Point, where recent grads can cash checks worth $75,000 in their first year.

California Institute of Technology and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, both considered elite institutions though not Ivy League, round out the top five.

The Washington Post has a complete list of top earning schools here.

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-By CNBC.com staff

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