Top Southern Colleges By Salary Potential

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The southern states boast a variety of well-recognized academic institutions, from Tulane to Vanderbilt to Virginia Tech. But, after four years of hard work, which graduates enjoy the highest earnings on average? Check out PayScale's 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 Pay Mid-Career Median Pay
Duke University $55,300 $117,000
Washington and Lee University $50,300 $107,000
Georgia Institute of Technology $57,300 $105,000
Georgetown University $52,500 $104,000
Vanderbilt University $52,000 $104,000
Davidson College $42,100 $101,000
Rice University $53,600 $100,000
Loyola University Maryland $46,500 $97,600
Wake Forest University $46,600 $97,500
Hendrix College $40,100 $97,500
Hampden-Sydney College $49,800 $95,200
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) $52,400 $94,700
University of Virginia (UVA) $50,500 $93,900
George Washington University (GWU) $48,500 $93,500
Texas A&M University $50,900 $93,300
Rhodes College $41,200 $92,700
Tulane University $45,300 $92,200
The College of William and Mary $46,900 $91,700
Johns Hopkins University $57,900 $90,100
Emory University $47,500 $90,000
Southern Methodist University (SMU) $47,500 $88,900
University of Maryland (UMD) $50,600 $88,400
University of Texas (UT) - Austin $49,100 $87,500
Christian Brothers University $43,600 $87,500
Auburn University $44,800 $87,400
American University, Washington D.C. $43,000 $86,600
George Mason University $49,700 $86,500
University of Richmond $48,500 $86,300
Baylor University $45,400 $86,200
Louisiana Tech University $42,800 $86,000
Stetson University $39,900 $85,200
Southern Polytechnic State University $48,400 $84,600
Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech) $50,700 $84,500
University of Florida (UF) $45,200 $84,300
Millsaps College $42,900 $83,900
Clemson University $47,500 $83,800
North Carolina State University (NCSU) $47,600 $83,500
West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) $43,000 $83,500
Saint Mary's College of Maryland $41,100 $83,500
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNCH) $42,700 $82,900
University of Tulsa $44,000 $82,500
University of Alabama at Huntsville (UAH) $45,400 $82,400
University of Maryland University College (UMUC) $49,800 $82,100
Texas Tech University $46,700 $81,600
University of Delaware $47,300 $80,800
Randolph-Macon College $41,400 $80,800
Samford University $35,000 $80,400
University of Texas at Dallas $44,900 $80,300
Tennessee Technological University (TTU) $44,500 $80,300
Averett University $33,700 $80,300
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa $41,600 $80,100
University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) $50,000 $80,000
University of Miami (UM) $47,400 $79,900
Louisiana State University (LSU) $44,400 $79,700
University of Houston (UH) $45,100 $79,600
James Madison University (JMU) $46,800 $79,500
West Virginia University (WVU) $45,000 $79,200
Stevenson University $40,800 $79,100
St. Mary's University, Texas $38,800 $79,100
University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) $44,300 $78,600
Oklahoma State University $42,800 $78,400
University of Georgia (UGA) $42,100 $78,400
Harding University $38,400 $78,300
Trinity University $45,300 $78,200
Texas Christian University (TCU) $45,200 $78,200
University of Kentucky (UK) $40,600 $78,000
Transylvania University $38,600 $78,000
Howard University $49,000 $77,500
Lamar University $42,000 $77,400
University of Oklahoma $44,000 $77,200
University of Arkansas $41,700 $76,900
Mississippi State University (MSU) $43,000 $76,700
Queens University $40,400 $76,700
McNeese State University $40,800 $76,600
University of Mississippi $41,200 $76,500
Furman University $40,300 $76,200
McDaniel College $39,700 $76,000
Catholic University of America $45,500 $75,900
Southwestern University $42,600 $75,300
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center $48,100 $75,200
Wofford College $33,200 $75,000
Tuskegee University $39,200 $74,700
Texas A&M University - Kingsville $41,800 $74,500
University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) $44,500 $74,400
University of Tennessee $42,400 $74,400
Houston Baptist University $39,600 $74,300
Morehouse College $43,000 $74,200
Florida State University (FSU) $40,100 $73,900
University of Tampa $36,200 $73,800
Elon University $41,900 $73,600
Thomas More College $40,000 $73,600
Austin College $37,600 $73,500
Towson University $41,400 $73,400
Florida International University (FIU) $41,200 $73,400
Lipscomb University $38,800 $73,300
Goucher College $39,200 $73,200
Southwestern Oklahoma State University $36,300 $73,200
University of New Orleans (UNO) $40,600 $72,900
Hampton University $44,600 $72,800
Abilene Christian University $40,400 $72,800
Georgia State University $41,400 $72,500
Marymount University $40,600 $72,400
Old Dominion University $42,500 $72,300
Bellarmine University $42,200 $72,000
Salisbury University $40,900 $71,900
University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) $40,700 $71,700
Florida Atlantic University (FAU) $40,900 $71,600
College of Notre Dame of Maryland $45,900 $71,500
University of North Texas (UNT) $40,200 $71,500
University of Louisiana (UL) at Lafayette $39,600 $71,500
Berry College $36,300 $71,300
Texas Lutheran University $37,800 $71,200
University of West Florida (UWF) $35,200 $70,900
University of Louisville $40,400 $70,600
University of Central Florida (UCF) $40,800 $70,200
University of South Florida (USF) $40,300 $70,100
Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) $39,500 $70,000
Ferrum College $37,200 $70,000
LeTourneau University $49,800 $69,800
American Public University System $45,000 $69,800
University of South Carolina $39,400 $69,800
Washington College (Maryland) $41,500 $69,600
Nova Southeastern University $43,100 $69,400
John Brown University $43,000 $69,400
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) $41,200 $69,100
University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) $43,100 $68,900
Texas State University - San Marcos $40,600 $68,800
Bowie State University (BSU) $43,900 $68,600
Texas Southern University $37,700 $68,600
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical (A&M) University (FAMU) $40,000 $68,500
Texas Woman's University $46,900 $68,300
University of Memphis (U of M) $40,300 $68,300
Frostburg State University $41,000 $67,900
Texas Wesleyan University $39,400 $67,900
Eckerd College $41,200 $67,800
Georgia Southern University $38,500 $67,500
West Texas A & M University $37,800 $67,500
Kennesaw State University $40,100 $67,400
Appalachian State University $35,500 $67,300
West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) $33,900 $67,300
Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences $52,500 $67,200
University of Baltimore $47,200 $67,200
Sam Houston State University $40,600 $67,200
Midwestern State University (MSU) $41,800 $67,100
Wheeling Jesuit University $40,500 $67,100
Radford University $40,200 $67,100
Spelman College $38,800 $67,000
College of Charleston $35,700 $66,900
Angelo State University $37,400 $66,800
Mills College $41,400 $66,600
Strayer University $44,500 $66,500
University of South Alabama $41,200 $66,500
Lynchburg College $39,300 $66,500
Jacksonville University $46,300 $66,400
University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) $40,900 $66,400
Bob Jones University $38,600 $66,300
Delaware State University $36,200 $66,000
Shorter College $39,900 $65,900
Methodist University $40,200 $65,800
Virginia State University (VSU) $34,900 $65,800
King College $36,000 $65,600
Guilford College $34,200 $65,600
Dallas Baptist University $40,400 $65,500
Northern Kentucky University (NKU) $39,000 $65,500
Texas A&M University - Commerce $37,300 $65,500
Columbia Southern University $47,900 $65,300
Southern University and A&M College $42,100 $65,200
Union University, Tennessee $39,200 $65,200
North Carolina A&T State University $47,700 $65,100
Roanoke College $39,500 $65,100
Henderson State University $37,700 $65,100
University of the District of Columbia $44,500 $65,000
Barry University $45,000 $64,900
Loyola University - New Orleans $39,500 $64,900
Rollins College $38,100 $64,900
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) $38,900 $64,800
Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi $38,700 $64,700
Belmont University $39,500 $64,600
Austin Peay State University $38,000 $64,600
Troy University $38,900 $64,500
Charleston Southern University (CSU) $37,100 $64,500
East Carolina University (ECU) $38,700 $64,400
Western Carolina University $36,000 $64,300
Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) $39,600 $64,200
Wayland Baptist University $39,500 $64,200
Wilmington College $38,000 $64,200
Shepherd University $38,700 $64,100
Nicholls State University $38,400 $63,600
Tarleton State University (TSU) $38,700 $63,300
Tennessee State University $41,900 $63,000
Florida Southern College $35,300 $63,000
Saint Leo University $39,200 $62,900
Fairmont State University $39,200 $62,900
Eastern Kentucky University $36,200 $62,900
Mercer University $40,200 $62,600
West Liberty University $39,900 $62,600
University of Southern Mississippi (USM) $39,000 $62,600
Columbus State University $37,800 $62,600
Augusta State University $36,700 $62,600
Maryland Institute College of Art $37,800 $62,500
Lubbock Christian University $33,800 $62,400
Cameron University $32,500 $62,400
Hardin-Simmons University (HSU) $41,400 $62,300
Birmingham Southern College $40,900 $62,300
Valdosta State University (VSU) $33,800 $62,200
Marshall University $35,300 $62,100
Prairie View A & M University $46,100 $62,000
North Carolina Central University $37,000 $62,000
Georgia Southwestern State University $35,100 $62,000
Northwestern State University $37,800 $61,800
Mississippi College $35,000 $61,800
University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) $34,500 $61,700
Christopher Newport University $39,600 $61,500
Georgia College & State University (GCSU) $38,000 $61,400
Jacksonville State University (JSU) $37,400 $61,300
Winston-Salem State University $42,300 $61,100
Norfolk State University $37,000 $61,000
Bluefield State College $35,300 $61,000
University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) $34,600 $61,000
Southern Nazarene University $39,300 $60,900
University of Texas at Tyler $40,900 $60,700
Mountain State University $39,400 $60,600
Athens State University $36,100 $60,600
University of The Incarnate Word $37,000 $60,400
Arkansas State University (ASU) $33,900 $60,400
University of North Florida (UNF) $38,900 $60,300
Western Kentucky University $36,900 $60,200
Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) $39,700 $60,000
Morgan State University $41,400 $59,900
Barton College $35,300 $59,900
Armstrong Atlantic State University (AASU) $41,300 $59,800
University of Arkansas - Little Rock (UALR) $34,900 $59,700
Clark Atlanta University (CAU) $38,700 $59,600
Southeastern University $34,000 $59,600
Gardner-Webb University $32,100 $59,500
Trevecca Nazarene University $38,700 $59,300
Auburn University Montgomery (AUM) $37,300 $59,100
Southeastern Louisiana University $38,400 $59,000
Murray State University $38,300 $59,000
East Tennessee State University (ETSU) $36,500 $59,000
Winthrop University $34,900 $59,000
High Point University $36,900 $58,700
Campbell University $35,200 $58,700
North Carolina Wesleyan College (NCWC) $36,500 $58,600
Belmont Abbey College $40,500 $58,500
University of North Alabama (UNA) $39,000 $58,500
University Of Central Arkansas $37,000 $58,500
Liberty University $35,800 $58,400
Lander University $33,500 $58,400
Alabama A&M University (AAMU) $35,300 $58,300
Oklahoma City University $39,000 $58,200
South University $41,800 $58,100
Lenoir-Rhyne College $40,100 $57,900
University of North Carolina at Asheville (UNCA) $34,500 $57,800
Arkansas Tech University $40,800 $57,700
Morehead State University $36,300 $57,500
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) $37,100 $57,400
Brenau University $36,800 $57,000
Southern Wesleyan University (SWU) $35,000 $56,800
University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) $36,500 $56,700
Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) $37,300 $56,400
Clayton College & State University $39,800 $56,300
Oral Roberts University (ORU) $36,900 $56,300
Wingate University $33,300 $56,300
West Virginia State College $32,900 $55,900
Langston University $42,800 $55,700
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (UMHB) $40,200 $55,700
William Carey University $38,100 $55,500
Mississippi University for Women $35,900 $55,500
Belhaven University $34,700 $55,400
Delta State University $32,400 $55,200
Limestone College $36,600 $55,100
Carson Newman College $33,200 $55,000
Virginia Wesleyan College (VWC) $35,900 $54,700
Bethune Cookman University $34,300 $54,500
Alabama State University (ASU) $32,200 $54,300
Meredith College $35,100 $54,200
Spalding University $42,100 $53,900
Grambling State University $38,700 $53,500
Jackson State University (JSU) $35,400 $53,200
Oklahoma Christian University $35,800 $53,000
Berea College $33,200 $52,400
University of Montevallo $33,200 $52,200
Bridgewater College $35,600 $51,900
Tusculum College $35,000 $51,700
Huntingdon College $30,100 $51,600
Longwood University $37,900 $51,300
University of North Carolina at Pembroke (Uncp) $34,700 $51,200
Mount Olive College $34,000 $51,200
Lee University (Cleveland, TN) $29,800 $51,100
Howard Payne University $29,500 $50,500
Northeastern State University $35,400 $50,400
Fayetteville State University $35,300 $50,300
Warner University $42,800 $50,100
East Central University $40,600 $50,100
Benedict College $31,400 $50,100
Faulkner University $31,800 $49,700
Alcorn State University $32,000 $47,900
Shaw University $34,500 $47,300
Asbury College $33,900 $47,300
Bethel University, Tennessee $33,400 $47,300
East Texas Baptist University (ETBU) $38,400 $47,000
University of the Cumberlands $33,000 $44,000
Concord University $34,600 $42,400
Coker College $28,900 $40,300
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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