Top Southern Colleges By Salary Potential

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Southern colleges are known for their tremendous school pride, top sports teams and long histories. Once you finish your four years at one of these institutions, where will you be in terms of earning back your tuition? Check out our list of southern colleges 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 Southern Colleges By Salary Potential - Full List
Southern Colleges Starting Median Salary Mid-Career Median Salary
Duke University $56,800 $116,000
Georgetown University $57,000 $111,000
Georgia Institute of Technology $58,900 $105,000
Rice University $57,900 $105,000
Washington and Lee University $51,800 $104,000
Davidson College $45,800 $103,000
Vanderbilt University $51,800 $100,000
Tulane University $47,800 $98,800
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) $52,900 $97,400
Loyola College in Maryland $45,000 $97,300
George Washington University (GWU) $48,200 $97,300
University of Virginia (UVA) $52,200 $97,200
Southern Methodist University (SMU) $48,600 $96,900
Texas A&M University $51,100 $95,000
Johns Hopkins University $57,800 $94,900
Emory University $50,600 $94,300
Wake Forest University $47,400 $91,900
University of Texas (UT) - Austin $50,000 $91,300
Baylor University $47,700 $90,800
The College of William and Mary $46,900 $89,300
University of Maryland (UMD) $51,600 $89,000
University of Richmond $48,900 $88,700
University of Florida (UF) $47,300 $88,400
Auburn University $46,600 $87,900
University of Alabama at Huntsville (UAH) $44,200 $86,200
Saint Mary's College of Maryland $46,500 $86,100
George Mason University $49,300 $85,700
University of Tulsa $43,200 $85,600
Rhodes College $46,900 $85,100
American University, Washington D.C. $45,400 $84,700
University of Delaware $47,100 $84,600
McNeese State University $39,700 $84,400
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa $40,800 $84,300
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNCH) $43,300 $84,200
Louisiana State University (LSU) $47,200 $84,100
Clemson University $48,300 $83,800
North Carolina State University (NCSU) $48,000 $83,200
Randolph-Macon College $42,100 $82,600
Louisiana Tech University $45,300 $82,600
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) $55,100 $82,500
Texas Tech University $45,700 $82,100
University of Georgia (UGA) $43,900 $81,500
University of Oklahoma $44,000 $81,300
Howard University $50,300 $81,300
Lamar University $44,800 $81,100
University of Arkansas $43,300 $81,100
University of Miami (UM) $46,500 $80,900
University of Houston (UH) $46,900 $80,700
Mississippi State University (MSU) $44,200 $80,600
University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) $48,900 $80,500
University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) $46,200 $80,200
University of Texas at Dallas $45,000 $80,100
Tennessee Technological University (TTU) $44,500 $79,900
Oklahoma State University $43,000 $79,000
University of Kentucky (UK) $41,400 $78,400
University of Maryland University College (UMUC) $50,300 $78,400
University of Mississippi $41,800 $78,000
Texas Christian University (TCU) $46,400 $77,800
James Madison University (JMU) $47,300 $77,100
Liberty University $39,700 $76,900
Old Dominion University $42,700 $76,700
West Virginia University (WVU) $44,000 $76,400
Florida State University (FSU) $41,800 $76,200
Elon University $41,900 $75,900
Hampton University $45,300 $75,800
University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) $44,300 $75,100
Abilene Christian University $42,800 $75,100
University of Tennessee $43,800 $75,000
Lipscomb University $40,200 $73,900
Southwestern University $44,200 $73,900
LeTourneau University $48,500 $73,600
Furman University $39,400 $73,600
Florida International University (FIU) $43,200 $73,400
Towson University $41,200 $73,300
Georgia State University $42,100 $73,200
Southwest Texas State University $40,600 $73,200
University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) $42,500 $73,100
Florida Atlantic University (FAU) $42,000 $73,000
Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech) $41,600 $72,900
Midwestern State University (MSU) $43,800 $72,800
Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) $40,800 $72,700
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical (A&M) University (FAMU) $40,300 $72,600
University of North Texas (UNT) $41,700 $72,500
Angelo State University $39,400 $72,400
University of Central Florida (UCF) $43,200 $72,300
College of Charleston $36,200 $72,100
University of South Carolina $40,200 $71,800
University of Louisiana (UL) at Lafayette $42,200 $71,500
Marymount University $41,700 $71,500
University of New Orleans (UNO) $41,200 $71,300
Georgia Southern University $39,000 $71,100
Sam Houston State University $41,300 $70,500
Goucher College $41,600 $70,400
Eckerd College $41,800 $70,200
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) $42,300 $70,100
University of South Florida (USF) $41,500 $70,000
Jacksonville University $45,200 $69,900
Northern Kentucky University (NKU) $41,300 $69,800
University of Memphis (U of M) $41,600 $69,600
University of the District of Columbia $44,400 $69,000
Loyola University - New Orleans $38,400 $69,000
Kennesaw State University $41,400 $69,000
Mercer University $44,900 $69,000
Maryville University $40,500 $68,600
University of West Florida (UWF) $36,100 $68,600
University of Louisville $40,800 $68,300
University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) $40,500 $68,200
University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) $43,600 $68,100
Texas A&M University - Commerce $37,700 $67,900
Texas Woman's University $50,500 $67,200
University of South Alabama $44,100 $66,600
Appalachian State University $37,200 $66,400
Marshall University $35,800 $66,100
Western Carolina University $35,800 $65,800
Clark Atlanta University (CAU) $40,900 $65,500
West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) $34,200 $65,300
Dallas Baptist University $41,000 $65,300
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) $39,500 $64,700
West Texas A & M University $37,500 $64,500
Arkansas State University (ASU) $37,100 $64,500
Augusta State University $37,700 $64,500
Eastern Kentucky University $39,300 $64,400
East Carolina University (ECU) $39,500 $64,400
Bob Jones University $38,600 $64,400
Norfolk State University $38,100 $63,800
University of Southern Mississippi (USM) $40,600 $63,200
Jacksonville State University $37,700 $63,200
Radford University $41,000 $63,100
Columbus State University $36,900 $63,000
University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) $35,500 $63,000
Southeastern Louisiana University $37,300 $62,700
University of Texas at Tyler $41,700 $62,600
University Of Central Arkansas $37,000 $62,600
Valdosta State University (VSU) $35,400 $62,600
North Carolina A&T State University $48,100 $62,500
Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) $40,400 $62,200
Rollins College $38,200 $62,200
University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) $35,900 $62,100
Winston-Salem State University $43,000 $62,000
Cameron University $34,000 $62,000
Wayland Baptist University $37,200 $61,800
Campbell University $37,700 $61,700
Morgan State University $41,800 $61,500
Saint Leo University $40,700 $61,400
Tarleton State University (TSU) $40,100 $61,300
Murray State University $37,500 $61,100
Austin Peay State University $37,500 $61,100
University of North Florida (UNF) $40,400 $60,700
Northwestern State University $39,500 $60,600
Winthrop University $36,600 $60,500
Southern Nazarene University $39,900 $60,100
North Carolina Central University $35,600 $59,900
Barton College $32,300 $59,600
University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) $37,200 $59,600
Western Kentucky University $37,700 $59,200
Morehead State University $36,300 $58,700
Lenoir-Rhyne College $38,600 $58,100
East Tennessee State University (ETSU) $37,400 $58,100
Georgia College & State University (GCSU) $36,700 $57,700
Gardner-Webb University $32,700 $57,200
University of Arkansas - Little Rock (UALR) $35,800 $57,100
Southern Wesleyan University (SWU) $34,200 $54,500
University Of North Alabama (UNA) $38,100 $54,300
Berea College $33,600 $53,100
Northeastern State University $37,400 $51,500
Meredith College $33,900 $50,800
Shaw University $39,000 $50,400
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.