This is possibly the poorest advice I have ever heard on QuantNet.Baruch and similar are if you want to be a sell-side quant and top out at $200K.
Princeton and Berkeley are if you actually want to make bank.
Brand == Value
MFE programs don't dictate your future, they help you land your FIRST quant job. After that it is all up to how you navigate your career. Will you do a mediocre job and stay with the same team because you don't have the drive to move around? Will you network within and outside your firm aggressively, work extra hard, and eventually move to a more desirable role? Will you constantly ask your manager for advice on how to best advance your career?
It is all up to you, not what school you went to.