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Best Western US Colleges By Salary Potential (Excluding California)

From Denver to Seattle and everywhere in between, the western US has many excellent universities that attract students from across the country and from around the world. Which stand out as the best western colleges in terms of salary potential?


Methodology
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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Best Western US Colleges By Salary Potential (Excluding California) - Full List
Western US Colleges (Excluding California)Starting Median SalaryMid-Career Median Salary
Colorado School of Mines$58,100$106,000
University of Colorado - Boulder (UCB)$47,100$97,600
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech)$51,000$93,400
Brigham Young University (BYU)$49,400$88,600
University of Arizona$47,500$86,100
University of Washington (UW)$48,800$85,300
Washington State University (WSU)$45,300$84,700
University of Colorado - Denver$46,100$84,400
Arizona State University (ASU)$47,400$84,100
Oregon State University (OSU)$45,100$83,300
University of Utah$45,400$83,200
University of Nevada, Reno (UNR)$46,500$82,900
Seattle University$48,300$82,800
University of Idaho$44,900$82,000
University of New Mexico (UNM)$41,600$81,600
University of Puget Sound$46,600$81,500
Colorado College (CC)$38,500$81,400
Reed College$40,500$81,100
Whitman College$43,500$80,100
New Mexico State University$44,300$79,500
Colorado State University (CSU)$44,800$79,000
University of Wyoming (UW)$44,500$78,700
Utah State University$43,800$78,700
University of Oregon$42,200$78,400
Montana State University - Bozeman$46,600$77,500
Gonzaga University$44,900$76,000
University of Hawaii$43,800$76,000
Western Washington University$42,700$75,400
Regis University$48,300$73,800
Idaho State University$44,900$73,400
University of Alaska, Anchorage$45,900$72,600
Lewis & Clark College$38,900$72,600
University of Montana$37,300$71,900
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)$45,200$71,600
Portland State University (PSU)$42,600$70,900
Eastern Washington University$38,600$70,900
Fort Lewis College$42,000$69,800
Boise State University (BSU)$40,800$69,500
Utah Valley State College$42,400$67,100
Evergreen State College$39,500$63,900
Southern Utah University$41,900$56,500
Montana State University - Billings$37,900$50,600
Methodology
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.