NateSwanner Salary negotiations don’t have to be hard. Silicon Valley is ripe with Stanford alumni and dropouts. There’s a good reason why it’s such a popular school: its graduates get paid. A new study from PayScale details how much graduates earn from top schools, and which degrees pay best. Stanford alums outpace the rest: early-career pay (0-5 years experience) is $101,000, while mid-career pay (more than 10 years experience) is $173,500.