Jul 1, 2019

Average salary of $169,000 for Downstate graduates 10 years after enrollment is the highest of all U.S. colleges

BROOKLYN, NY – SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University has both the highest paid graduates in New York State and the highest paid graduates in the nation, according to an analysis by the career website Zippia

Using data from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) College Scorecard, the report looked at the average earnings of undergraduate students receiving federal financial aid ten years after matriculating.

Students receiving undergraduate degrees from Downstate had a median salary of $169,600, the highest for any higher education institution in the United States.

“This ranking demonstrates the value SUNY Downstate delivers in our community by providing outstanding and accessible educational, economic, and career opportunities right here in Brooklyn,” said SUNY Downstate President Wayne J. Riley, M.D. “It is proof that quality training is offered right here at Downstate and in Brooklyn.”

The ranking is based on the reported earnings of students who completed one of Downstate’s baccalaureate degree programs.

Each year Zippia issues a report assessing the earnings of graduates of every undergraduate program in the U.S. and issues a report naming the top schools by state, as well as a national “top-ten” list. 

The DOE College Scorecard is a dataset consisting of college cost, aid, earnings, repayment and other categories collected from over 2,100 postsecondary institutions. It is designed to help students make informed decisions about their options after high school. 

Zippia is a platform that gathers experts in technology, marketing, and engineering to improve career outcomes and provides users with the tools to find the right career for them. It is used by 5.8 million job seekers.


About SUNY Downstate Medical Center

SUNY Downstate Medical Center is the borough’s only academic medical center for health education, research, and patient care, and is a 376-bed facility serving the healthcare needs of Brooklyn’s 2.6 million residents. University Hospital is Downstate’s teaching hospital, backed by the expertise of an outstanding medical school and the research facilities of a world-class academic center. More than 800 physicians, representing 53 specialties and subspecialties—many of them ranked as tops in their fields—comprise Downstate's staff.

A regional center for cardiac care, neonatal and high-risk infant services, pediatric dialysis, and transplantation, Downstate also houses a major learning center for children with physical ailments or neurological disorders. In addition to University Hospital, Downstate comprises a College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Health-Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a School of Public Health, and a multifaceted biotechnology initiative, including the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT for early-stage and more mature companies, respectively. For more information, visit