Chart of the Week: Alumni Salary at Traditional Colleges vs U. of Phoenix
One of the chief reasons people decide to attend college is simple; they want to be able to have a better job that will increase their earnings and raise their standard of living. The chart below is a snap-shot of the earnings of alumni from two very different types of schools: those from the “traditional” public/private non-profits and those from the largest for-profit university in the country, the University of Phoenix. The “traditional” public/private universities are a sample of 153 schools from Barron’s Guide to College’s “competitive” schools (there are about 700 total). These are the typical mid-quality American colleges and universities. The salary data is taken from Payscale.com’s alumni median salary by years of experience. The average “competitive” school in this sample had 313 observations and the University of Phoenix had over 16,000 total observations.
The chart shows that the typical University of Phoenix alumni earns slightly more than those from the traditional competitive schools at every level of experience throughout their career. As this is just a snapshot, it doesn’t control for demographic factors, test scores, or other information that would give more of a value-added description, nor does it say anything about other for-profit colleges.