Kenan-Flagler | Mr. 10 Years In Finance
GMAT Not Required / Waived, GPA 2.65
Stanford GSB | Mr. Low GPA To Stanford
GMAT 770, GPA 2.7
Harvard | Mr. Strategist
GMAT 750, GPA 73%, top of the class (gold medalist)
Harvard | Mr. Brightside
GMAT 760, GPA 3.93
Harvard | Mr. Australian Navy
GMAT 770, GPA 3.74
Berkeley Haas | Mr. All About Impact
GMAT N/A, GPA 63%
Harvard | Mr. Forbes U30 & Big Pharma
GMAT 640, GPA 3.4
Wharton | Mr. Asset Manager – Research Associate
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Ross | Mr. FP&A
GMAT 730, GPA 3.5
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
NYU Stern | Ms. Civil Servant To Fortune 50
GRE Writing May 31st, GPA Undergrad: 3.0, Graduate: 3.59
Harvard | Ms. Social Enterprise/Healthcare
GRE 324, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Ms. FMCG Enthusiast Seeking Second MBA
GMAT 730, GPA 3.1
Stanford GSB | Mr. Former SEC Athlete
GMAT 620, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Mr. Supply Chain Photographer
GMAT 700, GPA 3.3
McCombs School of Business | Ms. Registered Nurse Entrepreneur
GMAT 630, GPA 3.59
MIT Sloan | Ms. Designer Turned Founder
GMAT 720, GPA 3.5
Kellogg | Ms. Not-For-Profit
GMAT TBD, GPA 4.0
INSEAD | Mr. Big Chill 770
GMAT 770, GPA 3-3.2
Harvard | Mr. Captain Mishra
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
Ross | Mr. Dragon Age
GRE 327, GPA 2.19/4.0
Wharton | Ms. Type-A CPG PM
GMAT 750, GPA 3.42
Harvard | Ms. 2+2 Trader
GMAT 770, GPA 3.9
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Young Software Engineer
GRE 330, GPA 3.60
NYU Stern | Mr. Indian Analytics Consultant
GMAT 700, GPA 3.0
Chicago Booth | Ms. Start-Up Entrepreneur
GRE 322, GPA 3.4
Columbia | Mr. RAV4 Chemical Engineer
GMAT 750, GPA 3.62

Where Top Schools Send Their MBAs

scholarshipsThe conventional wisdom is that the highest salaries and bonuses for MBAs are paid by companies in financial services. And it’s true that schools that send substantial numbers of their graduates into investment banking, hedge funds, private equity, and venture capital tend to do very well on the pay front.

But here’s a big surprise: When we asked PayScale to look at income for MBAs at different schools over a 20-year timeframe, financial services isn’t the biggest destination for the MBAs of several of the Top Ten schools with big seven-figure numbers.

In fact, technology was the No. 1 industry for three of the top ten in the past year: Stanford Graduate School of Business, UC-Berkeley’s Haas School, and UCLA’s Anderson School, even though stock-based compensation was not included in the numbers. Consulting was No. 1 for two of the top ten schools:  MIT Sloan and the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

Here are the top five industry choices for the Class of 2013 from the schools that scored the highest 20-year cash compensation in the U.S.

  1. Harvard Business School — 20-Year Income: $3,233,000Top Five Industry Choices in 2013:

    Financial Services: 27%

    Consulting: 22%

    Technology: 18%

    Manufacturing: 7%

    Consumer Products: 6%

    2. Stanford Graduate School of Business — 20-Year Income: $3,011,000

    Top Five Industry Choices:

    Technology: 32%

    Financial Services: 26%

    Consulting: 19%

    Healthcare: 6%

    Non-Profit: 5%

    3. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) — 20-Year Income: $2,989,000

    Top Five Industry Choices:

    Financial Services: 39%

    Consulting: 29%

    Technology: 11%

    Consumer Products & Retail: 7%

    Healthcare: 4%

    4. UC-Berkeley (Haas) — 20-Year Income: $2,858,000

    Top Five Industry Choices:

    Technology: 33%

    Consulting: 17%

    Financial Services: 11%

    Healthcare: 11%

    Consumer Products & Retail: 7%

    5. Columbia Business School — 20-Year Income: $2,796,000

    Top Five Industry Choices:

    Financial Services: 38%

    Consulting: 30%

    Technology: 12%

    Consumer Products & Retail: 8%

    Real Estate: 3%

    6. MIT (Sloan) — 20-Year Income: $2,858,000

    Top Five Industry Choices:

    Consulting: 32%

    Technology: 19%

    Financial Services: 16%

    Consumer Products & Retail: 14%

    Healthcare: 5%

    7. University of Virginia (Darden) — 20-Year Income: $2,705,000

    Top Five Industry Choices:

    Consulting: 27%

    Financial Services: 26%

    Technology: 14%

    Manufacturing: 12%

    Consumer Products & Retail: 13%

    8. Dartmouth College (Tuck) — 20-Year Income:2,703,000

    Top Five Industry Choices:

    Financial Services: 30%

    Consulting: 27%

    Technology: 13%

    Consumer Products & Retail: 10%

    Manufacturing: 6%

    9. New York University (Stern) — 20-Year Income: $2,639,000

    Top Five Industry Choices:

    Financial Services: 42%

    Consulting: 23%

    Consumer Products & Retail: 13%

    Entertainment/Media/Technology: 10%

    Non-Profits: 6%

    10. UCLA (Anderson) — 20-Year Income: $2,593,000

    Top Five Industry Choices:

    Technology: 26%

    Financial Services: 20%

    Consulting: 14%

    Consumer Products & Retail: 14%

    Entertainment/Media/Technology: 9%

    Healthcare: 6%

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