Top Midwestern Colleges in the US By Salary Potential

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The snowy winters and glorious springs in America's heartland will forever endear you to your campus years later, but how big will your paycheck be? See which of the Midwestern colleges pays its graduates back in terms of salary potential after graduation. Here's PayScale's list of top Midwestern colleges in the US by salary potential.

Methodology
Annual pay for Bachelors graduates without higher degrees. Typical starting graduates have 2 years of experience; mid-career have 15 years. See full methodology for more.

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Top Midwestern Colleges in the US By Salary Potential - Full List
Midwestern Colleges Starting Median Salary Mid-Career Median Salary
University of Notre Dame $55,300 $121,000
University Of Chicago $51,700 $107,000
Carleton College $45,400 $104,000
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) $53,900 $99,700
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (RHIT) $61,100 $98,800
Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) $57,400 $97,600
Case Western Reserve University $56,500 $97,500
Miami University $47,100 $96,100
Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) $57,300 $95,200
Kettering University $57,900 $94,500
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology $57,800 $92,300
University of Michigan $51,700 $91,900
Northwestern University $49,800 $91,200
Purdue University $51,000 $90,700
Milwaukee School of Engineering $54,600 $90,500
Washington University In St. Louis $51,500 $90,400
Kenyon College $39,800 $90,300
Michigan Technological University $53,400 $90,100
Drake University $42,700 $90,100
Lawrence Technological University $47,600 $89,900
Ohio Wesleyan University (OWU) $38,400 $89,000
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Madison $48,800 $88,300
Creighton University $43,300 $88,300
Bradley University $47,400 $88,200
University of Dayton $45,600 $87,700
Marquette University $47,700 $86,700
Iowa State University $46,500 $85,300
University of Minnesota $46,500 $84,500
Macalester College $43,900 $84,400
Gustavus Adolphus College $45,500 $84,300
Denison University $40,700 $84,000
Wheaton College $41,800 $83,400
Butler University $42,900 $83,100
St. Olaf College $45,900 $82,700
Indiana University (IU), Bloomington $46,000 $82,600
Michigan State University (MSU) $46,600 $82,500
Ohio State University (OSU) $44,100 $82,200
University of Missouri - Columbia $40,800 $82,000
Augsburg College $46,500 $81,800
University of Nebraska $45,800 $80,900
University of Iowa (UI) $43,900 $80,800
University of Kansas $42,700 $80,800
DePaul University $40,800 $80,600
Northern Illinois University (NIU) $43,700 $80,300
University of Cincinnati (UC) $45,100 $79,400
Kansas State University (KSU) $42,900 $79,300
University of Illinois at Chicago $46,500 $79,100
North Dakota State University (NDSU) $46,200 $78,800
Beloit College $37,700 $78,200
College of St Benedict $41,400 $78,100
Central Michigan University $41,600 $78,000
University of Toledo $43,300 $77,900
Saint Louis University (SLU) $45,200 $77,500
Oberlin College $42,400 $77,300
University of Evansville $43,500 $77,000
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Whitewater $41,800 $77,000
Loyola University of Chicago $43,500 $76,400
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Platteville $45,200 $76,400
DePauw University $41,900 $75,900
Lewis University $41,000 $75,900
Western Michigan University (WMU) $42,100 $75,700
Minnesota State University - Mankato $42,200 $75,400
Wayne State University $44,200 $75,400
Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU) $44,300 $75,400
North Central College $41,300 $75,200
University of North Dakota $44,300 $75,200
Elmhurst College $40,900 $75,000
University of Nebraska at Omaha $41,700 $74,800
Illinois State University $42,500 $74,700
Oakland University $41,600 $74,700
Southern Illinois University (SIU) - Carbondale $44,500 $73,800
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Milwaukee $42,100 $73,600
Grinnell College $43,200 $73,400
South Dakota State University (SDSU) $40,700 $73,400
University of Wisconsin (UW) - La Crosse $41,200 $73,100
University of Akron $42,000 $72,900
St. Cloud State University $42,700 $72,800
Augustana College $42,000 $72,700
Cleveland State University $42,500 $72,700
Ohio University $43,300 $72,400
Eastern Illinois University $38,400 $72,200
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Stout $42,700 $72,000
Bowling Green State University $40,600 $71,900
Ferris State University $41,800 $71,800
Aurora University $40,600 $71,700
Youngstown State University (YSU) $40,100 $71,200
Missouri State University (MSU) $35,900 $71,000
Wright State University $42,300 $71,000
Calvin College $38,900 $70,500
Clarke College $41,400 $70,500
Taylor University $39,400 $70,400
Indiana State University $40,200 $70,300
Western Illinois University $37,000 $70,200
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Parkside $40,500 $69,900
Luther College $38,000 $69,900
Benedictine University $42,700 $69,800
University of Missouri - St. Louis (UMSL) $42,200 $69,700
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) $39,400 $69,600
Eastern Michigan University $40,400 $69,500
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Stevens Point $38,500 $69,500
Hope College $38,400 $69,400
University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC) $41,400 $69,400
Baldwin-Wallace College $40,900 $69,300
Ashland University $35,400 $68,900
Roosevelt University $42,600 $68,600
Viterbo University $38,800 $68,100
Washburn University $41,900 $68,100
Wichita State University $43,100 $67,800
Capital University $36,000 $67,600
Northeastern Illinois University $41,200 $67,600
Mount Union College $35,500 $67,300
Southeast Missouri State University $37,100 $67,300
Missouri Western State College $37,900 $67,200
National Louis University $45,400 $67,200
Northwood University $39,300 $67,000
Grand Valley State University $38,200 $66,800
Truman State University $40,100 $66,700
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Oshkosh $39,900 $66,500
Wilmington College $39,700 $66,200
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Eau Claire $41,700 $66,000
Park University $43,900 $65,900
Ball State University (BSU) $37,800 $65,500
Metropolitan State University $43,800 $65,400
University of Northern Iowa $39,600 $65,400
Northwest Missouri State University $41,300 $64,700
Kent State University $39,100 $64,300
Madonna University $39,700 $64,300
St. Ambrose University $35,200 $64,100
Columbia College $36,000 $64,000
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) $40,100 $63,900
Winona State University $41,800 $63,600
University of Wisconsin (UW) - River Falls $38,300 $63,500
Fort Hays State University $38,700 $63,400
Bellevue University - Bellevue, NE $39,600 $63,300
University of Nebraska - Kearney $38,800 $63,200
Baker College $36,700 $62,800
Franklin University $42,200 $62,300
Lindenwood University $36,300 $61,700
Southwest Missouri State University (SMSU) $35,800 $61,300
Marian College $41,800 $60,600
Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) $40,900 $60,300
Bethel College $41,300 $60,200
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Green Bay $37,400 $60,100
Malone College $39,500 $59,200
Trinity Christian College $36,100 $58,800
University of Indianapolis $38,000 $58,800
Chicago State University (CSU) $40,200 $58,700
Drury University $39,900 $58,700
College of Mount St. Joseph $35,600 $56,700
Lakeland College $40,400 $55,900
Pittsburg State University $39,700 $55,700
Friends University $36,200 $55,400
College of the Ozarks $31,900 $54,900
Indiana Institute Of Technology $41,800 $54,000
Davenport University $38,900 $47,500
Black Hills State University $34,300 $42,200
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.