Best Western US Colleges By Salary Potential (Excluding California)

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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.

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 Pay Mid-Career Median Pay
Colorado School of Mines $61,600 $113,000
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech) $52,800 $102,000
Pacific University $50,500 $93,200
University of Colorado - Boulder (UCB) $46,200 $91,600
Oregon State University (OSU) $44,200 $89,800
Colorado College (CC) $40,400 $87,100
University of Washington (UW) $47,100 $86,500
Reed College $38,400 $86,100
Brigham Young University (BYU) $48,100 $85,900
University of Arizona $46,300 $84,700
University of Colorado - Denver $44,000 $84,500
University of Denver $42,600 $83,700
University of Puget Sound $44,500 $82,800
University of Portland $48,900 $82,700
Washington State University (WSU) $44,500 $82,400
Seattle University $46,500 $82,100
Montana Tech of The University of Montana $50,700 $82,000
Whitman College $39,700 $82,000
University of Utah $44,100 $81,700
Gonzaga University $45,700 $81,600
Arizona State University (ASU) $44,500 $81,600
University of Wyoming (UW) $42,600 $80,100
Colorado State University (CSU) $44,200 $79,300
Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) $54,900 $79,000
Western Washington University $42,500 $78,600
Walla Walla University $46,200 $78,200
Willamette University $37,300 $78,200
University of Colorado - Colorado Springs (UCCS) $41,500 $77,200
Utah State University $41,800 $77,100
University of Idaho $44,200 $77,000
New Mexico State University $44,900 $76,700
Central Washington University (CWU) $42,600 $76,600
Weber State University $45,200 $76,400
University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) $43,800 $76,400
University of Oregon $40,600 $76,200
Seattle Pacific University (SPU) $39,800 $75,000
Pacific Lutheran University $44,300 $74,900
University of New Mexico (UNM) $41,100 $74,200
Lewis & Clark College $36,500 $74,100
University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) $46,500 $73,700
University of Hawaii $40,300 $73,600
Montana State University - Bozeman $45,400 $73,000
Western Governors University (WGU) $38,500 $72,900
Northern Arizona University (NAU) $41,100 $72,400
Metropolitan State College of Denver (MSCD) $40,700 $72,100
Westminster College, Utah $42,300 $72,000
Linfield College $44,800 $71,700
Hawaii Pacific University $43,600 $71,700
Regis University $50,600 $71,600
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) $43,800 $71,500
Colorado State University (CSU), Pueblo $36,600 $71,500
Grand Canyon University $43,000 $71,200
Colorado Christian University $40,700 $71,200
Southern Oregon University $37,900 $71,100
Portland State University (PSU) $40,800 $71,000
University of Northern Colorado $41,000 $70,000
Idaho State University (ISU) $46,200 $69,800
Utah Valley University $43,500 $68,200
Western State College of Colorado $42,000 $68,200
Colorado Technical University $42,200 $67,400
Eastern New Mexico University $33,600 $67,400
Eastern Washington University $37,900 $66,500
University of Alaska, Anchorage $49,400 $66,200
Boise State University (BSU) $41,000 $66,100
University of Montana $37,400 $65,700
Mesa State College $36,100 $64,900
Evergreen State College $38,800 $64,800
Fort Lewis College $40,200 $64,700
Carroll College, Montana $38,600 $64,000
Whitworth College $35,900 $63,100
Chaminade University $37,000 $59,900
Montana State University - Billings $34,200 $59,200
George Fox University $42,100 $58,400
Colorado Technical University Online $39,900 $54,600
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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