Top State Universities By Salary Potential

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The best state universities offer a great education with lower tuition costs and, if you can stay at home, savings on room and board. Which local school is your most cost-effective choice? Check out our list of top state universities by salary potential to help you decide. 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 Pay Mid Career Median Pay
Colorado School of Mines $61,600 $113,000
University of California, Berkeley $53,100 $109,000
Georgia Institute of Technology $57,300 $105,000
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech) $52,800 $102,000
New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) $53,200 $101,000
University of California, San Diego (UCSD) $48,700 $99,700
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (CalPoly) $55,000 $99,200
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) $51,500 $96,500
University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) $47,600 $96,400
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) $52,400 $94,700
University of Virginia (UVA) $50,500 $93,900
Texas A&M University $50,900 $93,300
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona $48,500 $93,300
Missouri University of Science and Technology (MST) $56,700 $93,200
San Jose State University (SJSU) $51,700 $92,900
Rutgers University $49,600 $92,900
University of California, Irvine (UCI) $45,900 $92,500
The College of William and Mary $46,900 $91,700
University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) $50,700 $91,600
University of Colorado - Boulder (UCB) $46,200 $91,600
Miami University $45,800 $91,400
University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Lowell $47,600 $91,100
Stony Brook University $49,200 $90,800
University of California, Davis (UC Davis) $49,000 $90,700
University of Michigan $50,600 $90,200
Michigan Technological University $52,800 $90,100
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology $55,700 $89,800
Oregon State University (OSU) $44,200 $89,800
University of California, Riverside (UCR) $42,700 $88,500
University of Maryland (UMD) $50,600 $88,400
Purdue University $50,700 $88,000
University of Connecticut (UConn) $49,500 $87,700
University of Texas (UT) - Austin $49,100 $87,500
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Madison $47,900 $87,400
Auburn University $44,800 $87,400
George Mason University $49,700 $86,500
University of Washington (UW) $47,100 $86,500
University of Rhode Island (URI) $45,200 $86,200
Binghamton University $49,700 $86,000
Louisiana Tech University $42,800 $86,000
University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) $43,100 $85,900
University of Arizona $46,300 $84,700
Southern Polytechnic State University $48,400 $84,600
California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) $44,600 $84,500
University of Colorado - Denver $44,000 $84,500
University of Florida (UF) $45,200 $84,300
Pennsylvania State University (PSU) $48,600 $83,900
Clemson University $47,500 $83,800
University of Vermont (UVM) $44,700 $83,800
Baruch College $48,900 $83,500
North Carolina State University (NCSU) $47,600 $83,500
Iowa State University $44,900 $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 at Albany $43,300 $83,300
California State University (CSU), Chico $46,900 $83,000
University of Minnesota $44,800 $83,000
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNCH) $42,700 $82,900
California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) $44,400 $82,700
San Francisco State University (SFSU) $46,400 $82,600
University of Alabama at Huntsville (UAH) $45,400 $82,400
Washington State University (WSU) $44,500 $82,400
San Diego State University (SDSU) $45,200 $82,300
North Dakota State University (NDSU) $44,500 $82,200
University of Maryland University College (UMUC) $49,800 $82,100
Montana Tech of The University of Montana $50,700 $82,000
University of Illinois at Chicago $46,100 $82,000
California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) $42,500 $81,800
University of Utah $44,100 $81,700
University at Buffalo (UB) $43,400 $81,700
Texas Tech University $46,700 $81,600
Arizona State University (ASU) $44,500 $81,600
California State University, Northridge (CSUN) $43,200 $81,300
Penn State - Harrisburg $43,900 $81,100
Michigan State University (MSU) $44,200 $81,000
University of Delaware $47,300 $80,800
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Whitewater $41,600 $80,600
University of Texas at Dallas $44,900 $80,300
Tennessee Technological University (TTU) $44,500 $80,300
California State University (CSU), Fresno (Fresno State) $43,500 $80,300
University of Iowa (UI) $42,200 $80,300
University of Wyoming (UW) $42,600 $80,100
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa $41,600 $80,100
University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) $50,000 $80,000
California State University, East Bay (CSUEB) $48,800 $79,800
Indiana University (IU), Bloomington $43,000 $79,800
Louisiana State University (LSU) $44,400 $79,700
University of Houston (UH) $45,100 $79,600
James Madison University (JMU) $46,800 $79,500
Ohio State University (OSU) $43,800 $79,400
University of Pittsburgh $44,200 $79,300
Colorado State University (CSU) $44,200 $79,300
University of Kansas $42,800 $79,300
West Virginia University (WVU) $45,000 $79,200
Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) $54,900 $79,000
Sonoma State University $45,100 $79,000
University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Amherst $47,000 $78,900
Temple University $41,200 $78,800
University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) $44,300 $78,600
Western Washington University $42,500 $78,600
Charter Oak State College $55,600 $78,400
Rutgers University in Newark $44,700 $78,400
Oklahoma State University $42,800 $78,400
University of Georgia (UGA) $42,100 $78,400
University of Missouri - Columbia $40,900 $78,400
Farmingdale State College $42,700 $78,200
University of Cincinnati (UC) $44,800 $78,100
Montclair State University $43,300 $78,000
University of Kentucky (UK) $40,600 $78,000
City College of New York (CCNY) $48,300 $77,900
Northern Illinois University (NIU) $42,900 $77,800
Queens College $42,500 $77,700
Humboldt State University $41,600 $77,500
Lamar University $42,000 $77,400
West Chester University $41,300 $77,400
Thomas Edison State College $46,500 $77,300
California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) $44,200 $77,300
University of Oklahoma $44,000 $77,200
Central Connecticut State University $43,400 $77,200
University of Colorado - Colorado Springs (UCCS) $41,500 $77,200
Utah State University $41,800 $77,100
University of Idaho $44,200 $77,000
University of Arkansas $41,700 $76,900
University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Dartmouth $44,800 $76,800
New Mexico State University $44,900 $76,700
Mississippi State University (MSU) $43,000 $76,700
University Of Maine, Orono $41,400 $76,700
Western Connecticut State University $41,300 $76,700
Central Washington University (CWU) $42,600 $76,600
McNeese State University $40,800 $76,600
Kansas State University (KSU) $42,900 $76,500
University of Mississippi $41,200 $76,500
Weber State University $45,200 $76,400
Fashion Institute of Technology $43,900 $76,400
University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) $43,800 $76,400
The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) $43,000 $76,400
University of New Hampshire (UNH) $44,900 $76,200
University of Oregon $40,600 $76,200
College of Staten Island $43,700 $75,700
University of Toledo $42,800 $75,600
University of Nebraska at Omaha $40,900 $75,400
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center $48,100 $75,200
Oakland University $40,800 $75,100
Illinois State University $40,800 $75,000
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Stout $41,200 $74,800
Brooklyn College $41,500 $74,700
Wayne State University $42,900 $74,500
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
Western Michigan University (WMU) $41,600 $74,400
University of New Mexico (UNM) $41,100 $74,200
University of North Dakota $42,900 $73,900
Florida State University (FSU) $40,100 $73,900
University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) $46,500 $73,700
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey $38,800 $73,700
State University of New York (SUNY) at Oneonta $37,900 $73,700
University of Hawaii $40,300 $73,600
Kean University $41,800 $73,400
Towson University $41,400 $73,400
Florida International University (FIU) $41,200 $73,400
University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Boston $46,300 $73,300
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Platteville $44,600 $73,200
Southwestern Oklahoma State University $36,300 $73,200
Southern Illinois University (SIU) - Carbondale $43,100 $73,100
Montana State University - Bozeman $45,400 $73,000
State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego $40,300 $73,000
University of New Orleans (UNO) $40,600 $72,900
Massachusetts College of Art and Design $36,800 $72,800
Cleveland State University $41,000 $72,700
University of Missouri - St. Louis (UMSL) $40,100 $72,700
William Paterson University $43,500 $72,500
Georgia State University $41,400 $72,500
Northern Arizona University (NAU) $41,100 $72,400
Old Dominion University $42,500 $72,300
Ramapo College of New Jersey $42,400 $72,300
University of Minnesota-Duluth $41,900 $72,300
Metropolitan State College of Denver (MSCD) $40,700 $72,100
Minnesota State University - Mankato $42,200 $72,000
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania $38,900 $72,000
California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) $43,400 $71,900
Salisbury University $40,900 $71,900
California State University (CSU), Stanislaus $40,000 $71,900
Eastern Connecticut State University $42,000 $71,800
University of Wisconsin (UW) - La Crosse $40,100 $71,800
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Milwaukee $41,700 $71,700
University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) $40,700 $71,700
Florida Atlantic University (FAU) $40,900 $71,600
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) $43,800 $71,500
University of North Texas (UNT) $40,200 $71,500
University of Louisiana (UL) at Lafayette $39,600 $71,500
Colorado State University (CSU), Pueblo $36,600 $71,500
University of South Dakota $35,900 $71,500
Eastern Michigan University $38,900 $71,400
Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) $39,300 $71,200
Hunter College - The City University of New York (CUNY) $45,500 $71,100
Bowling Green State University $39,200 $71,100
Southern Oregon University $37,900 $71,100
Portland State University (PSU) $40,800 $71,000
University of West Florida (UWF) $35,200 $70,900
Ferris State University $42,200 $70,800
Plymouth State University $39,400 $70,800
University of Louisville $40,400 $70,600
State University of New York (SUNY) at Geneseo $41,000 $70,500
University of Central Florida (UCF) $40,800 $70,200
University of South Florida (USF) $40,300 $70,100
University of Northern Colorado $41,000 $70,000
University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) $40,900 $70,000
Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) $39,500 $70,000
Northeastern Illinois University $39,300 $69,900
Eastern Illinois University $35,900 $69,900
Idaho State University (ISU) $46,200 $69,800
California State University, San Marcos (CSUSM) $42,900 $69,800
University of South Carolina $39,400 $69,800
Western Illinois University $37,000 $69,600
University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC) $40,700 $69,500
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Eau Claire $42,200 $69,300
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Parkside $37,900 $69,300
State University of New York (SUNY) at Potsdam $36,100 $69,300
Ohio University $42,900 $69,200
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) $41,200 $69,100
Rowan University $42,000 $69,000
University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) $43,100 $68,900
Texas State University - San Marcos $40,600 $68,800
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) $41,200 $68,700
Penn State - Erie / The Behrend College $49,700 $68,600
Bowie State University (BSU) $43,900 $68,600
Wright State University $41,200 $68,600
Texas Southern University $37,700 $68,600
St. Cloud State University $40,600 $68,500
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical (A&M) University (FAMU) $40,000 $68,500
South Dakota State University (SDSU) $42,000 $68,400
Texas Woman's University $46,900 $68,300
Indiana State University $41,700 $68,300
University of Memphis (U of M) $40,300 $68,300
Fitchburg State College $40,100 $68,300
State University of New York (SUNY) at Plattsburgh $35,800 $68,300
Utah Valley University $43,500 $68,200
Western State College of Colorado $42,000 $68,200
University of Akron $41,500 $68,200
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Stevens Point $36,200 $68,200
CUNY John Jay College Criminal Justice $36,300 $68,000
Frostburg State University $41,000 $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
Youngstown State University (YSU) $40,000 $67,600
Keene State College $39,400 $67,600
Georgia Southern University $38,500 $67,500
West Texas A & M University $37,800 $67,500
Kennesaw State University $40,100 $67,400
Eastern New Mexico University $33,600 $67,400
Wichita State University $41,400 $67,300
Appalachian State University $35,500 $67,300
University of Baltimore $47,200 $67,200
Sam Houston State University $40,600 $67,200
Midwestern State University (MSU) $41,800 $67,100
Worcester State College $40,300 $67,100
Radford University $40,200 $67,100
Missouri State University (MSU) $35,400 $67,100
College of Charleston $35,700 $66,900
California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) $40,900 $66,800
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania $39,800 $66,800
Angelo State University $37,400 $66,800
University of South Alabama $41,200 $66,500
Eastern Washington University $37,900 $66,500
University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) $40,900 $66,400
University of Alaska, Anchorage $49,400 $66,200
Boise State University (BSU) $41,000 $66,100
Lake Superior State University $40,500 $66,100
Delaware State University $36,200 $66,000
Virginia State University (VSU) $34,900 $65,800
University of Montana $37,400 $65,700
Salem State College $39,200 $65,500
Northern Kentucky University (NKU) $39,000 $65,500
Central Michigan University $37,900 $65,500
Texas A&M University - Commerce $37,300 $65,500
Metropolitan State University $42,800 $65,400
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) $38,800 $65,400
Southern University and A&M College $42,100 $65,200
North Carolina A&T State University $47,700 $65,100
Henderson State University $37,700 $65,100
Clarion University of Pennsylvania $34,800 $65,100
University of the District of Columbia $44,500 $65,000
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania $37,400 $65,000
Southeast Missouri State University $34,600 $65,000
Millersville University of Pennsylvania $39,200 $64,900
Mesa State College $36,100 $64,900
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) $38,900 $64,800
Evergreen State College $38,800 $64,800
East Stroudsburg University (ESU) $37,500 $64,800
Pennsylvania College Of Technology $41,900 $64,700
Fort Lewis College $40,200 $64,700
Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi $38,700 $64,700
Austin Peay State University $38,000 $64,600
Kent State University $37,500 $64,600
California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) $46,000 $64,500
Troy University $38,900 $64,500
Empire State College $38,800 $64,500
East Carolina University (ECU) $38,700 $64,400
State University of New York (SUNY) Institute of Technology (SUNYIT) $46,100 $64,300
Western Carolina University $36,000 $64,300
Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) $39,600 $64,200
University of Wisconsin (UW) - River Falls $39,500 $64,100
Shepherd University $38,700 $64,100
Northwest Missouri State University $38,300 $64,100
State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz $39,500 $63,800
Bridgewater State College $38,400 $63,800
University of Northern Iowa $38,100 $63,700
Nicholls State University $38,400 $63,600
Grand Valley State University $36,800 $63,400
Tarleton State University (TSU) $38,700 $63,300
New Jersey City University $43,000 $63,200
Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) $37,700 $63,200
Governors State University $42,200 $63,000
Tennessee State University $41,900 $63,000
Framingham State College $39,600 $63,000
Fairmont State University $39,200 $62,900
Eastern Kentucky University $36,200 $62,900
Northern Michigan University $37,000 $62,800
Indiana University (IU), South Bend $38,300 $62,700
Slippery Rock University $37,100 $62,700
West Liberty University $39,900 $62,600
University of Southern Mississippi (USM) $39,000 $62,600
Washburn University $37,900 $62,600
Columbus State University $37,800 $62,600
Bemidji State University (BSU) $36,800 $62,600
Augusta State University $36,700 $62,600
California University of Pennsylvania (Cal U) $37,400 $62,400
Cameron University $32,500 $62,400
Missouri Western State University $37,900 $62,300
Valdosta State University (VSU) $33,800 $62,200
Southern Connecticut State University $40,400 $62,100
Marshall University $35,300 $62,100
Prairie View A & M University $46,100 $62,000
Winona State University $41,700 $62,000
North Carolina Central University $37,000 $62,000
Georgia Southwestern State University $35,100 $62,000
University of Southern Maine (USM) $40,500 $61,800
University of Central Missouri $38,600 $61,800
Northwestern State University $37,800 $61,800
University of Nebraska - Kearney $37,200 $61,700
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
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania $36,600 $61,400
Jacksonville State University (JSU) $37,400 $61,300
Winston-Salem State University $42,300 $61,100
Emporia State University $39,200 $61,100
Westfield State College $35,900 $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
Herbert H. Lehman College $43,100 $60,700
University of Texas at Tyler $40,900 $60,700
Athens State University $36,100 $60,600
Indiana University (IU), Northwest $37,100 $60,400
Arkansas State University (ASU) $33,900 $60,400
University of North Florida (UNF) $38,900 $60,300
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) $32,800 $60,300
Western Kentucky University $36,900 $60,200
Lincoln University $39,400 $60,000
Morgan State University $41,400 $59,900
Armstrong Atlantic State University (AASU) $41,300 $59,800
Wayne State College $36,800 $59,700
University of Arkansas - Little Rock (UALR) $34,900 $59,700
Rhode Island College $38,900 $59,600
Montana State University - Billings $34,200 $59,200
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
Fort Hays State University (FHSU) $40,200 $58,800
University of North Alabama (UNA) $39,000 $58,500
University Of Central Arkansas $37,000 $58,500
State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia $35,500 $58,400
Lander University $33,500 $58,400
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Green Bay $36,400 $58,300
Alabama A&M University (AAMU) $35,300 $58,300
Northern State University $33,800 $58,000
University of North Carolina at Asheville (UNCA) $34,500 $57,800
Arkansas Tech University $40,800 $57,700
Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) $39,300 $57,500
Morehead State University $36,300 $57,500
Edinboro University $35,400 $57,300
University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) $36,500 $56,700
Pittsburg State University $38,200 $56,400
Clayton College & State University $39,800 $56,300
University of Southern Indiana $36,200 $56,000
West Virginia State College $32,900 $55,900
Langston University $42,800 $55,700
Central State University $34,600 $55,700
Mississippi University for Women $35,900 $55,500
Delta State University $32,400 $55,200
University of Illinois at Springfield $37,900 $54,700
Alabama State University (ASU) $32,200 $54,300
Chicago State University (CSU) $39,600 $54,200
Grambling State University $38,700 $53,500
Jackson State University (JSU) $35,400 $53,200
University of Montevallo $33,200 $52,200
Longwood University $37,900 $51,300
University of North Carolina at Pembroke (Uncp) $34,700 $51,200
Northeastern State University $35,400 $50,400
Fayetteville State University $35,300 $50,300
East Central University $40,600 $50,100
Minot State University $37,100 $49,800
Dakota State University $38,700 $49,700
Alcorn State University $32,000 $47,900
Black Hills State University $32,800 $47,000
Concord University $34,600 $42,400
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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