Best Western US Colleges By Salary Potential (Excluding California)

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From the Rockies to the Pacific, the west has plenty of small liberal arts colleges, as well as big name universities, to attend. You're certain to get a beautiful setting and lots of outdoor adventures while earning your degree, but once you graduate, which school will set you up best for long-term earnings? See PayScale's list of western 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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Best Western US Colleges By Salary Potential (Excluding California) - Full List
Western US Colleges (Excluding California) Starting Median Salary Mid-Career Median Salary
Colorado School of Mines $60,000 $109,000
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech) $51,700 $96,300
University of Colorado - Boulder (UCB) $47,100 $94,300
Colorado College (CC) $42,400 $90,200
University of Denver $43,400 $89,700
Brigham Young University (BYU) $50,600 $88,000
Oregon State University (OSU) $46,100 $87,600
Seattle University $45,900 $87,300
University of Arizona $47,300 $87,100
Washington State University (WSU) $45,600 $86,600
University of Colorado - Denver $44,500 $86,200
University of Utah $45,000 $85,700
University of Washington (UW) $48,600 $85,000
University of Puget Sound $44,400 $84,900
University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) $45,300 $83,100
Arizona State University (ASU) $46,100 $82,800
Utah State University $42,900 $82,000
Colorado State University (CSU) $44,100 $81,800
University of Colorado - Colorado Springs (UCCS) $42,300 $80,600
Reed College $39,800 $79,900
University of Idaho $46,500 $79,800
University of New Mexico (UNM) $42,500 $78,500
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) $44,800 $78,200
Hawaii Pacific University $41,700 $77,900
Seattle Pacific University (SPU) $40,000 $77,900
Whitman College $41,900 $77,800
University of Wyoming (UW) $43,200 $77,400
New Mexico State University $45,700 $77,300
Colorado State University (CSU), Fort Collins $45,200 $76,700
University of Oregon $42,100 $76,200
Westminster College - Salt Lake City, UT $43,000 $76,100
Weber State University $44,600 $76,000
Montana State University - Bozeman $45,200 $75,800
Central Washington University $42,300 $75,600
Western Washington University $43,300 $75,500
Linfield College $45,700 $75,100
University of Hawaii $41,500 $74,900
Willamette University $39,800 $74,000
Gonzaga University $48,400 $73,600
University of Alaska, Anchorage $48,100 $73,500
Regis University $49,600 $73,500
Pacific Lutheran University $43,800 $72,400
Idaho State University (ISU) $46,500 $72,100
Northern Arizona University (NAU) $42,400 $72,000
Utah Valley State College $44,000 $71,500
Metropolitan State College of Denver (MSCD) $41,400 $70,400
Portland State University (PSU) $41,800 $69,900
Eastern Washington University $38,800 $69,700
University of Northern Colorado $43,100 $69,600
University of Montana $36,900 $69,500
Fort Lewis College $43,100 $67,400
Colorado Technical University $42,000 $67,200
Evergreen State College $40,600 $66,400
Boise State University (BSU) $39,800 $65,900
Carroll College $42,100 $63,400
Montana State University - Billings $35,500 $58,100
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.