Top Midwestern Colleges in the US By Salary Potential

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The big universities in America's heartland offer excellent research opportunities, football games under falling snow and plenty of school pride. But, what kinds of salaries do Midwestern college graduates earn after they leave their alma mater? 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 Pay Mid-Career Median Pay
University of Notre Dame $54,100 $112,000
Carleton College $42,300 $105,000
University Of Chicago $50,000 $100,000
Case Western Reserve University $54,600 $98,600
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (RHIT) $59,400 $97,300
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) $51,500 $96,500
Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) $54,900 $96,300
Missouri University of Science and Technology (MST) $56,700 $93,200
Kettering University $55,900 $92,500
Kenyon College $40,600 $92,500
Northwestern University $49,000 $91,900
Washington University In St. Louis $52,100 $91,400
Miami University $45,800 $91,400
University of Michigan $50,600 $90,200
Michigan Technological University $52,800 $90,100
Ohio Wesleyan University (OWU) $38,300 $90,100
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology $55,700 $89,800
Denison University $38,700 $89,400
Milwaukee School of Engineering $54,200 $88,500
Lawrence Technological University $48,300 $88,400
Lawrence University $36,900 $88,300
University of Dayton $45,300 $88,200
Ohio Northern University (ONU) $45,300 $88,100
Purdue University $50,700 $88,000
Bradley University $44,500 $87,900
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Madison $47,900 $87,400
DePauw University $43,500 $85,600
John Carroll University $42,700 $85,100
Macalester College $43,400 $84,600
Trine University $44,900 $84,100
Drake University $41,400 $84,100
William Jewell College $47,100 $84,000
DePaul University $43,900 $83,900
Albion College $36,600 $83,600
Iowa State University $44,900 $83,500
Marquette University $46,100 $83,100
University of Minnesota $44,800 $83,000
Wheaton College, Illinois $39,900 $82,700
North Dakota State University (NDSU) $44,500 $82,200
University of Illinois at Chicago $46,100 $82,000
Butler University $41,200 $82,000
Creighton University $44,500 $81,400
Gustavus Adolphus College $41,400 $81,300
Marietta College $36,400 $81,100
Michigan State University (MSU) $44,200 $81,000
Oberlin College $40,500 $80,800
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Whitewater $41,600 $80,600
St. Olaf College $41,400 $80,400
University of Iowa (UI) $42,200 $80,300
Indiana University (IU), Bloomington $43,000 $79,800
University of Findlay $43,000 $79,600
Hillsdale College $37,000 $79,600
Ohio State University (OSU) $43,800 $79,400
University of Kansas $42,800 $79,300
Loyola University of Chicago $41,900 $79,300
Grinnell College $40,900 $78,600
University of Missouri - Columbia $40,900 $78,400
University of Cincinnati (UC) $44,800 $78,100
North Central College $39,400 $78,100
Northern Illinois University (NIU) $42,900 $77,800
Saint Louis University (SLU) $45,300 $77,500
University of St. Thomas, Minnesota $45,000 $77,400
The College of Wooster $37,700 $77,400
Xavier University, Cincinnati $44,800 $77,300
Carthage College $37,900 $77,300
Hamline University $39,100 $76,700
Kansas State University (KSU) $42,900 $76,500
Central College $38,000 $76,300
University of Toledo $42,800 $75,600
Augsburg College $41,900 $75,400
College of St Benedict $40,900 $75,400
University of Nebraska at Omaha $40,900 $75,400
Oakland University $40,800 $75,100
Illinois State University $40,800 $75,000
Lewis University $40,300 $75,000
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Stout $41,200 $74,800
Earlham College $35,800 $74,700
Wayne State University $42,900 $74,500
Western Michigan University (WMU) $41,600 $74,400
Elmhurst College $40,200 $74,300
Beloit College $38,500 $74,200
Concordia College, Moorehead, Minnesota $39,700 $74,100
Coe College $40,600 $74,000
University of North Dakota $42,900 $73,900
Valparaiso University $44,100 $73,800
Hiram College $39,000 $73,600
University of Evansville $42,000 $73,500
Bethel University, Minnesota $41,600 $73,300
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Platteville $44,600 $73,200
Manchester College $34,400 $73,200
Southern Illinois University (SIU) - Carbondale $43,100 $73,100
Calvin College $40,500 $73,100
Cleveland State University $41,000 $72,700
University of Missouri - St. Louis (UMSL) $40,100 $72,700
Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU) $41,900 $72,500
Ripon College $39,000 $72,500
Augustana College, Illinois $41,200 $72,400
Mount Union College $36,600 $72,400
University of Minnesota-Duluth $41,900 $72,300
Minnesota State University - Mankato $42,200 $72,000
University of Wisconsin (UW) - La Crosse $40,100 $71,800
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Milwaukee $41,700 $71,700
University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) $50,400 $71,600
Cornell College $37,700 $71,500
University of South Dakota $35,900 $71,500
Eastern Michigan University $38,900 $71,400
Bowling Green State University $39,200 $71,100
Aurora University $39,900 $70,900
Capella University $43,400 $70,800
Ferris State University $42,200 $70,800
Maryville University $41,600 $70,700
University Of St. Francis $45,900 $70,500
Wittenberg University $37,200 $70,400
St. Catherine University (St. Paul, MN) $41,400 $70,100
University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) $40,900 $70,000
Roosevelt University $40,800 $69,900
Northeastern Illinois University $39,300 $69,900
Eastern Illinois University $35,900 $69,900
Western Illinois University $37,000 $69,600
University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC) $40,700 $69,500
Kalamazoo College $38,200 $69,500
Dordt College $37,600 $69,500
Buena Vista University $35,300 $69,400
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Eau Claire $42,200 $69,300
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Parkside $37,900 $69,300
Ohio University $42,900 $69,200
Otterbein College $40,700 $69,100
Hope College $39,400 $69,000
Simpson College $37,100 $69,000
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) $41,200 $68,700
Wright State University $41,200 $68,600
St. Cloud State University $40,600 $68,500
South Dakota State University (SDSU) $42,000 $68,400
Indiana State University $41,700 $68,300
Luther College $39,300 $68,300
University of Akron $41,500 $68,200
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Stevens Point $36,200 $68,200
Baldwin-Wallace College $39,600 $67,900
Southern Illinois University (SIU) - Edwardsville $42,000 $67,800
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Oshkosh $38,900 $67,800
Truman State University $38,200 $67,800
Ball State University (BSU) $37,100 $67,800
Knox College $39,500 $67,700
Youngstown State University (YSU) $40,000 $67,600
Siena Heights University $38,100 $67,500
Millikin University $40,500 $67,400
Wichita State University $41,400 $67,300
Avila University $42,000 $67,200
National Louis University $43,300 $67,100
Missouri State University (MSU) $35,400 $67,100
Alma College $34,600 $67,100
Capital University $35,600 $67,000
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota $45,900 $66,900
Bellevue University $38,400 $66,700
Heidelberg University $33,500 $66,600
Benedictine University $42,000 $66,500
Park University $44,700 $66,200
Lake Superior State University $40,500 $66,100
Rockhurst University $44,900 $66,000
Northwood University, Michigan $37,400 $65,600
Central Michigan University $37,900 $65,500
Clarke College $37,600 $65,500
Cardinal Stritch University $44,600 $65,400
Metropolitan State University $42,800 $65,400
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) $38,800 $65,400
Taylor University $37,400 $65,100
Southeast Missouri State University $34,600 $65,000
Morningside College $36,300 $64,800
McKendree University $38,100 $64,700
Kent State University $37,500 $64,600
Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration $42,100 $64,400
Wilmington College $39,000 $64,400
Monmouth College $38,000 $64,400
Graceland University $42,900 $64,300
University of Wisconsin (UW) - River Falls $39,500 $64,100
Northwest Missouri State University $38,300 $64,100
College for Creative Studies $40,600 $64,000
Franklin University $40,900 $63,900
Ashland University $36,700 $63,900
University of Northern Iowa $38,100 $63,700
Upper Iowa University $35,900 $63,700
Grand Valley State University $36,800 $63,400
Columbia College $36,000 $63,300
Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) $37,700 $63,200
Governors State University $42,200 $63,000
North Park University $41,500 $63,000
University of Indianapolis $37,400 $62,800
Northern Michigan University $37,000 $62,800
Indiana University (IU), South Bend $38,300 $62,700
Washburn University $37,900 $62,600
Bemidji State University (BSU) $36,800 $62,600
Olivet Nazarene University $35,400 $62,500
Nebraska Wesleyan University (NWU) $39,400 $62,400
Madonna University $38,100 $62,400
Missouri Western State University $37,900 $62,300
Winona State University $41,700 $62,000
Andrews University $39,800 $62,000
Spring Arbor University $37,200 $62,000
University of Central Missouri $38,600 $61,800
Grand View University (GVU) $38,400 $61,700
Ursuline College $38,400 $61,700
University of Nebraska - Kearney $37,200 $61,700
Viterbo University $41,300 $61,300
Webster University $38,900 $61,300
Baker College $35,600 $61,300
Baker University $39,800 $61,200
Mount Mary College, Wisconsin $45,400 $61,100
Emporia State University $39,200 $61,100
St. Ambrose University $32,800 $60,800
National American University $39,100 $60,600
Indiana University (IU), Northwest $37,100 $60,400
Southwestern College $41,600 $60,300
Carroll University, Wisconsin $40,300 $60,100
Lincoln University $39,400 $60,000
North Central University $31,900 $59,900
College of Mount St. Joseph $35,800 $59,800
Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) $40,900 $59,700
Northwestern College (Minnesota) $40,900 $59,700
Drury University $39,300 $59,700
Wayne State College $36,800 $59,700
Bethel College, Indiana $35,700 $59,600
Malone University $37,900 $59,500
St. Mary's College, Indiana $39,900 $59,400
Marian University, Indiana $43,000 $58,800
Fort Hays State University (FHSU) $40,200 $58,800
Lindenwood University $36,100 $58,700
Southwest Baptist University $36,200 $58,400
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Green Bay $36,400 $58,300
Mount Vernon Nazarene University (MVNU) $36,200 $58,300
Columbus College of Art And Design $36,100 $58,300
Northern State University $33,800 $58,000
Lakeland College $39,600 $57,800
University of Dubuque $37,000 $57,700
Hastings College $34,700 $57,700
Midamerica Nazarene University $39,900 $57,500
Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) $39,300 $57,500
Fontbonne University $36,000 $57,100
Urbana University $43,600 $56,500
Indiana Institute Of Technology $41,000 $56,500
Pittsburg State University $38,200 $56,400
Concordia University Wisconsin $38,900 $56,200
Friends University $36,000 $56,200
Alverno College $44,900 $56,100
Anderson University $36,500 $56,100
University of Southern Indiana $36,200 $56,000
Central State University $34,600 $55,700
Briar Cliff University $38,800 $55,300
School of the Art Institute of Chicago $36,700 $55,300
Augustana College, South Dakota $41,100 $55,200
American Intercontinental University (AIU) $38,200 $55,200
Mount Mercy College $39,600 $55,100
University of Illinois at Springfield $37,900 $54,700
Cedarville University $38,900 $54,300
Chicago State University (CSU) $39,600 $54,200
Ohio Dominican University $39,000 $54,000
Bluffton University $35,000 $53,400
College of the Ozarks $30,700 $53,400
Trinity Christian College $38,900 $53,200
University of Mary $40,300 $53,100
Wartburg College $38,200 $52,400
Judson University $39,000 $51,800
Concordia College, Nebraska $37,600 $51,200
Davenport University $37,500 $50,700
Evangel University $33,500 $50,200
Minot State University $37,100 $49,800
Dakota State University $38,700 $49,700
Kaplan College $36,600 $48,700
Black Hills State University $32,800 $47,000
William Penn University $34,100 $46,300
Ashford University $33,800 $45,600
William Woods University $34,600 $44,400
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.
 
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