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Once again, I’m finishing up my MBA in the next few months. Fortune has come out with a list of the companies most sought-after MBA candidates. Here are the top ten:

1. McKinsey & Company
2. Google
3. Goldman Sachs
4. Bain & Company
5. The Boston Consulting Group
6. Citigroup
7. Apple Computer
8. General Electric
9. Johnson & Johnson
10. Morgan Stanley

Not a bad group of companies. There are some interesting companies down the list that I wouldn’t have thought would have interested as many MBA recipients, including Disney, Gap, and Wal-Mart.

The Fortune Magazine feature also provides results from a survey in which prospective MBAs forecast their starting salary. The average expected starting salary is $88,087 and their predicted salary after five years is $167,052. Within those averages, men are predicting much higher salaries for themselves than women.

Updated June 17, 2014 and originally published April 25, 2006. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.

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avatar Justanotherblogger

What’s interesting, but missing, would be information about the average salary (present and expected 5 yr) for those surveyed before attending the MBA program.

With that information, one can easily figure out how much more expected earning power an MBA on average provides and therefore figure out if that 100k MBA is “worth it.”

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avatar Luke Landes ♦127,550 (Platinum)

Remember this survey measured what the MBA candidates think their starting salary will be and what they think their salary after 5 years will be. What would be more interesting would be to check back with the same subjects to find out if their year 1 and year 5 predictions end up being correct.

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avatar My Fiancial Journey

Yeah I finished my MBA a year ago, guess I’m a little behind the ball on salary. Though it might help if I was actually using my MBA to get an MBA type job :-)

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avatar Single Ma

Wow, that’s a very optimistic “starting� salary assuming no job experience! I completed my MBA a few years ago, granted I didn’t pursue the typical MBA career, but I’m waaaaaaaay behind the salary curve.

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avatar Kyle

The starting salaries depend on which school you went to. Going to a top 10 MBA program will get you a starting salary in the low 6 figures. Also, if you work for a consulting firm or in investment banking, given the number of hours you work there, if you break it down to an hourly rate, it’s lower than you think…As for companies, I think working at Wal-Mart would be interesting, since their supply chain management is legendary.

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avatar Jocular Jarhead

I was surprised to see Starbucks and Pulte Homes on the list.

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avatar wylerassociate ♦162 (Cent)

no surprise that many of these companies are banks and consulting firms.

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