Top Salary Potential By School Location

College is a great time to explore a part of the country you have never seen. Would you like to study beneath autumn leaves back east, or get up early to ski the Rockies before classes start? Whatever your interest, we've compiled lists of the top schools in each region by salary potential to help you make the right choice.

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If you're curious how the earnings of grads from California schools, like UC Davis and USC, stack up against those from east coast Ivies, like Cornell and Harvard, we're providing you with a list of all the schools in our study sorted by location - northeast, southern, midwest, western and California (it's so big it gets its own category) - to compare both the starting and mid-career salaries for their grads.
Midwestern Colleges
Midwestern Colleges
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.
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Northeastern Colleges
Northeastern Colleges
Renowned for academic excellence and bookish students, the Ivy Leagues, small liberal arts colleges and technical schools of the northeast can certainly deliver a top-notch education. But, what about delivering opportunities to earn a solid paycheck after graduation? See PayScale's lineup of northeast colleges by salary potential.
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Southern Colleges
Southern Colleges
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.
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Western Colleges
Western Colleges
If you're looking to live near big mountains, deep forests or long ocean coastlines, you may want to choose a school in the Western states. While there are plenty of well-known public and private institutions to choose from, can you guess which school on PayScale's list best prepares its graduates for big paychecks? See PayScale's list of western colleges by salary potential.
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Best Schools in California
Best Schools in California
The state of California hosts so many top academic institutions that we've given it a list all its own. If you can take a break from surfing, skiing or celebrity watching long enough to do your homework, you could earn a very high salary after graduation. Check out PayScale's ranking of California schools by salary potential.
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