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Here's how much grads of the top business schools in America earn 10 years later

Emmie Martin

Earning your MBA from a prestigious business school can open doors and provide key industry connections for students. But does attending a top school pay off financially, especially given how expensive higher education has become?

Payscale provided data to CNBC Make It on how much alums of highly ranked business schools in the U.S. earn with 10 or more years of experience.

Graduates of Harvard Business School take home the largest checks, earning a median annual salary of $204,800. Here's how other top programs fare.

Harvard Business School, Harvard University

Business school ranking: 1 (TIE)
Mid-career median pay: $204,800
Tuition: $73,440
Estimated annual cost of attendance: $109,124
High job satisfaction: 82 percent


The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Business school ranking: 1 (TIE)
Mid-career median pay: $184,300
Tuition: $76,580
Estimated annual cost of attendance: $109,450
High job satisfaction: 75 percent


Booth School of Business, University of Chicago

Business school ranking: 3
Mid-career median pay: $175,900
Tuition: $69,200
Estimated annual cost of attendance: $103,759
High job satisfaction: 70 percent


MIT Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Business school ranking: 4 (TIE)
Mid-career median pay: $182,300
Tuition: $74,200
Estimated annual cost of attendance: $111,570
High job satisfaction: 81 percent


Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Business school ranking: 4 (TIE)
Mid-career median pay: $174,200
Tuition: $68,955
Estimated annual cost of attendance: $100,217
High job satisfaction: 75 percent


Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford University

Business school ranking: 4 (TIE)
Mid-career median pay: $187,200
Tuition: $68,868
Estimated annual cost of attendance: $112,797
High job satisfaction: 91 percent


Walter A. Haas School of Business, University of California—Berkeley

Business school ranking: 7
Mid-career median pay: $171,700
Tuition: $59,812 (out-of-state resident)
Estimated annual cost of attendance: $91,744
High job satisfaction: 80 percent


Columbia Business School, Columbia University

Business school ranking: 9 (TIE)
Mid-career median pay: $181,200
Tuition: $71,544
Estimated annual cost of attendance: $107,749
High job satisfaction: 69 percent


Yale School of Management, Yale University

Business school ranking: 9 (TIE)
Mid-career median pay: $160,100
Tuition: $69,500
Estimated annual cost of attendance: $97,435
High job satisfaction: 46 percent


Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

Business school ranking: 11
Mid-career median pay: $151,100
Tuition: $67,300 (out-of-state resident)
Estimated annual cost of attendance: $91,036
High job satisfaction: 67 percent

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