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Top Midwestern Colleges in the US By Salary Potential

America's heartland is rich with top-notch educational institutions, from Notre Dame to Michigan State. Which of these midwestern colleges pays its graduates back in terms of salary after graduation is a distant memory? Here's the list of top midwestern colleges in the US by salary potential, as reported by PayScale.

Annual pay for Bachelors graduates without higher degrees. Typical starting graduates have 3 years of experience; mid-career have 15.5 years. See full methodology for more.

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Top Midwestern Colleges in the US By Salary Potential - Full List
Midwestern CollegesStarting Median SalaryMid-Career Median Salary
University of Notre Dame$56,300$116,000
University Of Chicago$53,400$113,000
Carleton College$47,500$103,000
Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)$56,000$97,800
Case Western Reserve University$56,200$96,500
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)$52,900$96,100
Northwestern University$52,700$95,900
Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T)$57,100$95,800
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology$55,800$93,400
University of Michigan$52,700$93,000
Purdue University$51,400$90,500
Marquette University$48,500$88,400
DePauw University$41,400$88,200
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Madison$48,900$87,800
Bradley University$47,000$87,300
St. Olaf College$45,300$86,200
Michigan State University (MSU)$46,300$85,300
DePaul University$46,400$84,800
Iowa State University$45,400$84,600
University of Minnesota$46,200$84,200
Indiana University (IU), Bloomington$46,300$84,000
University of Iowa (UI)$44,700$83,900
Ohio State University (OSU)$44,900$83,700
Denison University$42,000$83,500
University of Illinois at Chicago$47,500$81,700
Oberlin College$43,400$81,600
University of Kansas$42,400$81,600
University of Missouri - Columbia$41,700$81,000
University of Nebraska$45,700$80,900
Northern Illinois University (NIU)$43,600$80,800
Gustavus Adolphus College$44,500$80,600
University of North Dakota$44,000$80,600
Kansas State University (KSU)$43,300$79,000
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Platteville$45,800$78,500
Wittenberg University$39,200$78,200
North Dakota State University (NDSU)$45,100$77,800
Grinnell College$42,600$76,600
Wayne State University$42,800$76,100
University of Toledo$43,100$75,900
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Whitewater$40,800$75,500
Minnesota State University - Mankato$43,300$74,700
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Milwaukee$42,300$74,600
Western Michigan University (WMU)$42,300$73,800
South Dakota State University (SDSU)$41,100$73,500
Ohio University$42,200$73,400
Illinois State University$42,000$73,400
Cleveland State University$43,500$73,100
University of Nebraska at Omaha$41,500$72,600
Southern Illinois University Carbondale$43,000$72,500
Eastern Michigan University$40,300$72,100
Bowling Green State University$39,800$72,100
St. Cloud State University$41,800$71,400
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Parkside$40,700$71,400
University of Akron$41,100$70,300
Missouri State University (MSU)$36,100$69,500
University of Wisconsin (UW) - La Crosse$42,200$69,300
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Stout$43,600$68,300
Robert Morris College (RMC)$38,500$68,200
University of Missouri - St. Louis (UMSL)$41,400$67,100
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Oshkosh$39,300$66,400
University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC)$38,900$65,800
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Eau Claire$41,400$64,800
Ball State University (BSU)$39,100$64,500
Park University$44,300$64,300
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Stevens Point$39,800$64,000
Kent State University$38,700$62,600
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Green Bay$35,800$60,600
Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU)$39,800$58,500
Pittsburg State University$40,400$58,200
Davenport University$39,700$46,600
Black Hills State University$35,300$43,900
This chart is based upon PayScale Salary Survey data for Bachelors graduates without higher degrees who are full-time employees in the United States. These results may not represent all attendees of these colleges. Salary is the sum of compensation from base salary, bonuses, profit sharing, commissions, and overtime, if applicable, but does not include equity (stock) compensation. See full methodology for more.