Top State Universities By Salary Potential

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Most students know you can save money if you stay close to home. But which local school is your most cost-effective choice? Check out our list of top state universities by salary potential before you decide. Median salary numbers are reported by actual graduates from each school.

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 State Universities By Salary Potential - Full List
Top State Universities Starting Median Salary Mid-Career Median Salary
University of California, Berkeley $57,100 $112,000
Colorado School of Mines $60,000 $109,000
Georgia Institute of Technology $58,900 $105,000
New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) $55,100 $104,000
University of California, San Diego (UCSD) $50,700 $103,000
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (CalPoly) $57,000 $102,000
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) $53,900 $99,700
University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) $49,700 $98,400
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) $52,900 $97,400
University of Virginia (UVA) $52,200 $97,200
University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) $51,600 $97,000
San Jose State University (SJSU) $53,400 $96,300
Miami University $47,100 $96,100
University of California, Davis (UC Davis) $51,200 $95,400
Texas A&M University $51,100 $95,000
University of Colorado - Boulder (UCB) $47,100 $94,300
Rutgers University $50,000 $92,900
University of California, Irvine (UCI) $47,600 $92,700
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona $51,600 $92,400
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology $57,800 $92,300
University of Michigan $51,700 $91,900
University of Texas (UT) - Austin $50,000 $91,300
Purdue University $51,000 $90,700
Stony Brook University $50,900 $90,100
Michigan Technological University $53,400 $90,100
University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Lowell $47,900 $90,000
The College of William and Mary $46,900 $89,300
California State University (CSU), Chico $47,700 $89,300
University of Connecticut (UConn) $49,600 $89,000
University of Maryland (UMD) $51,600 $89,000
State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany $45,100 $88,900
University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) $44,200 $88,500
University of Florida (UF) $47,300 $88,400
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Madison $48,800 $88,300
Auburn University $46,600 $87,900
Binghamton University $51,700 $87,700
Oregon State University (OSU) $46,100 $87,600
University of Arizona $47,300 $87,100
Washington State University (WSU) $45,600 $86,600
University of Rhode Island (URI) $44,200 $86,500
California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) $47,500 $86,500
University of Colorado - Denver $44,500 $86,200
University of Alabama at Huntsville (UAH) $44,200 $86,200
University of California, Riverside (UCR) $44,600 $85,700
University of Utah $45,000 $85,700
George Mason University $49,300 $85,700
University of Vermont (UVM) $43,600 $85,400
Iowa State University $46,500 $85,300
City University of New York (CUNY) $48,900 $85,100
Baruch College $49,700 $85,100
University of Washington (UW) $48,600 $85,000
University of Delaware $47,100 $84,600
Pennsylvania State University (PSU) $49,700 $84,600
University of Minnesota $46,500 $84,500
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
California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) $44,900 $83,900
Clemson University $48,300 $83,800
San Francisco State University (SFSU) $47,400 $83,300
North Carolina State University (NCSU) $48,000 $83,200
University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) $45,300 $83,100
California State University, East Bay (CSUEB) $48,500 $82,900
California State University (CSU), Fresno (Fresno State) $45,600 $82,800
San Diego State University (SDSU) $46,700 $82,800
Arizona State University (ASU) $46,100 $82,800
California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) $46,200 $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
Texas Tech University $45,700 $82,100
Utah State University $42,900 $82,000
University of Missouri - Columbia $40,800 $82,000
Colorado State University (CSU) $44,100 $81,800
University of Georgia (UGA) $43,900 $81,500
Temple University $42,200 $81,400
University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Amherst $46,400 $81,300
University of Oklahoma $44,000 $81,300
Lamar University $44,800 $81,100
University of Arkansas $43,300 $81,100
University at Buffalo (UB) $45,100 $81,000
University of Nebraska $45,800 $80,900
University of Kansas $42,700 $80,800
University of Iowa (UI) $43,900 $80,800
University of Houston (UH) $46,900 $80,700
University of Colorado - Colorado Springs (UCCS) $42,300 $80,600
Mississippi State University (MSU) $44,200 $80,600
State University of New York (SUNY) at Farmingdale $46,100 $80,500
University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) $48,900 $80,500
Northern Illinois University (NIU) $43,700 $80,300
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
University of Pittsburgh $45,400 $79,900
University of Idaho $46,500 $79,800
Central Connecticut State University $42,300 $79,600
State University of New York (SUNY) at Oneonta $36,800 $79,500
California State University, Northridge (CSUN) $45,700 $79,500
Western Connecticut State University $43,700 $79,400
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
Oklahoma State University $43,000 $79,000
North Dakota State University (NDSU) $46,200 $78,800
Penn State - Harrisburg $45,200 $78,700
University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Dartmouth $44,400 $78,500
University of New Mexico (UNM) $42,500 $78,500
University of Kentucky (UK) $41,400 $78,400
University of Maryland University College (UMUC) $50,300 $78,400
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) $44,800 $78,200
University of Mississippi $41,800 $78,000
Central Michigan University $41,600 $78,000
University of Toledo $43,300 $77,900
California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) $44,900 $77,600
Montclair State University $44,600 $77,600
University of Wyoming (UW) $43,200 $77,400
New Mexico State University $45,700 $77,300
James Madison University (JMU) $47,300 $77,100
Humboldt State University $43,300 $77,000
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Whitewater $41,800 $77,000
Colorado State University (CSU), Fort Collins $45,200 $76,700
Old Dominion University $42,700 $76,700
State University of New York (SUNY) at Geneseo $41,100 $76,600
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Platteville $45,200 $76,400
West Virginia University (WVU) $44,000 $76,400
West Chester University $42,400 $76,200
University of Oregon $42,100 $76,200
Florida State University (FSU) $41,800 $76,200
Weber State University $44,600 $76,000
State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego $40,900 $75,900
University Of Maine, Orono $41,200 $75,900
Montana State University - Bozeman $45,200 $75,800
Western Michigan University (WMU) $42,100 $75,700
Sonoma State University $44,200 $75,600
Central Washington University $42,300 $75,600
Western Washington University $43,300 $75,500
Minnesota State University - Mankato $42,200 $75,400
Wayne State University $44,200 $75,400
University of North Dakota $44,300 $75,200
University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) $44,300 $75,100
University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Boston $46,200 $75,000
University of Tennessee $43,800 $75,000
California State University (CSU), Stanislaus $40,800 $74,900
University of Hawaii $41,500 $74,900
University of Nebraska at Omaha $41,700 $74,800
Oakland University $41,600 $74,700
Illinois State University $42,500 $74,700
Queens College $45,600 $74,200
State University of New York (SUNY) at Plattsburgh $37,400 $73,900
University of New Hampshire (UNH) $45,100 $73,900
Southern Illinois University (SIU) - Carbondale $44,500 $73,800
California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) $44,300 $73,700
The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) $44,300 $73,600
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Milwaukee $42,100 $73,600
University of Alaska, Anchorage $48,100 $73,500
South Dakota State University (SDSU) $40,700 $73,400
Florida International University (FIU) $43,200 $73,400
Towson University $41,200 $73,300
College of Staten Island $48,500 $73,200
Southwest Texas State University $40,600 $73,200
Georgia State University $42,100 $73,200
University of Wisconsin (UW) - La Crosse $41,200 $73,100
University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) $42,500 $73,100
Florida Atlantic University (FAU) $42,000 $73,000
University of Akron $42,000 $72,900
St. Cloud State University $42,700 $72,800
Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) $40,800 $72,700
Cleveland State University $42,500 $72,700
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical (A&M) University (FAMU) $40,300 $72,600
William Paterson University $42,400 $72,600
University of North Texas (UNT) $41,700 $72,500
Angelo State University $39,400 $72,400
Ohio University $43,300 $72,400
University of Central Florida (UCF) $43,200 $72,300
State University of New York (SUNY) at Potsdam $37,600 $72,200
Eastern Illinois University $38,400 $72,200
College of Charleston $36,200 $72,100
Idaho State University (ISU) $46,500 $72,100
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Stout $42,700 $72,000
Northern Arizona University (NAU) $42,400 $72,000
California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) $42,700 $71,900
Bowling Green State University $40,600 $71,900
University of South Carolina $40,200 $71,800
University of Louisiana (UL) at Lafayette $42,200 $71,500
Utah Valley State College $44,000 $71,500
University of New Orleans (UNO) $41,200 $71,300
Youngstown State University (YSU) $40,100 $71,200
Georgia Southern University $39,000 $71,100
Missouri State University (MSU) $35,900 $71,000
Wright State University $42,300 $71,000
Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) $39,100 $70,900
Sam Houston State University $41,300 $70,500
Indiana State University $40,200 $70,300
Western Illinois University $37,000 $70,200
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) $42,300 $70,100
University of South Florida (USF) $41,500 $70,000
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Parkside $40,500 $69,900
Portland State University (PSU) $41,800 $69,900
Northern Kentucky University (NKU) $41,300 $69,800
Eastern Washington University $38,800 $69,700
University of Missouri - St. Louis (UMSL) $42,200 $69,700
Ramapo College of New Jersey $42,900 $69,600
University of Northern Colorado $43,100 $69,600
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) $39,400 $69,600
University of Memphis (U of M) $41,600 $69,600
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Stevens Point $38,500 $69,500
University of Montana $36,900 $69,500
Eastern Michigan University $40,400 $69,500
University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC) $41,400 $69,400
University of the District of Columbia $44,400 $69,000
Kennesaw State University $41,400 $69,000
Salem State College $41,600 $68,700
California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) $44,900 $68,500
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
Wichita State University $43,100 $67,800
Northeastern Illinois University $41,200 $67,600
Southeast Missouri State University $37,100 $67,300
Fitchburg State College $43,600 $67,000
University of South Alabama $44,100 $66,600
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Oshkosh $39,900 $66,500
Appalachian State University $37,200 $66,400
Marshall University $35,800 $66,100
East Stroudsburg University (ESU) $37,800 $66,100
Rowan University $42,100 $66,000
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Eau Claire $41,700 $66,000
Boise State University (BSU) $39,800 $65,900
Western Carolina University $35,800 $65,800
Ball State University (BSU) $37,800 $65,500
University of Northern Iowa $39,600 $65,400
Metropolitan State University $43,800 $65,400
Northwest Missouri State University $41,300 $64,700
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) $39,500 $64,700
Augusta State University $37,700 $64,500
West Texas A & M University $37,500 $64,500
Arkansas State University (ASU) $37,100 $64,500
East Carolina University (ECU) $39,500 $64,400
Eastern Kentucky University $39,300 $64,400
Kent State University $39,100 $64,300
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
Clarion University of Pennsylvania $37,000 $63,500
Fort Hays State University $38,700 $63,400
California University of Pennsylvania (Cal U) $37,100 $63,300
University of Nebraska - Kearney $38,800 $63,200
Jacksonville State University $37,700 $63,200
University of Southern Mississippi (USM) $40,600 $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
Valdosta State University (VSU) $35,400 $62,600
University Of Central Arkansas $37,000 $62,600
North Carolina A&T State University $48,100 $62,500
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania $38,300 $62,400
Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) $40,400 $62,200
University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) $35,900 $62,100
Cameron University $34,000 $62,000
Winston-Salem State University $43,000 $62,000
Rhode Island College $39,700 $61,800
Tarleton State University (TSU) $40,100 $61,300
Southwest Missouri State University (SMSU) $35,800 $61,300
Austin Peay State University $37,500 $61,100
Murray State University $37,500 $61,100
University of North Florida (UNF) $40,400 $60,700
Northwestern State University $39,500 $60,600
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Green Bay $37,400 $60,100
University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) $37,200 $59,600
Slippery Rock University $38,000 $59,200
Western Kentucky University $37,700 $59,200
Chicago State University (CSU) $40,200 $58,700
Morehead State University $36,300 $58,700
Montana State University - Billings $35,500 $58,100
East Tennessee State University (ETSU) $37,400 $58,100
State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia $37,500 $57,900
Georgia College & State University (GCSU) $36,700 $57,700
University of Southern Maine (USM) $43,600 $57,300
University of Arkansas - Little Rock (UALR) $35,800 $57,100
Pittsburg State University $39,700 $55,700
University Of North Alabama (UNA) $38,100 $54,300
Northeastern State University $37,400 $51,500
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.