Top Midwestern Colleges in the US By Salary Potential

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The rolling fields of America's heartland host many top universities known for their school pride, challenging academic programs and successful graduates. Are Ohio, Indiana and Iowa on your list of favorite spots? See 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
Starting Median Salary Mid-Career Median Salary
University of Notre Dame $52,900 $107,000
Case Western Reserve University $52,600 $101,000
Carleton College $42,800 $98,300
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology $56,700 $96,300
Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) $52,000 $96,000
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (RHIT) $60,700 $95,800
Missouri University of Science and Technology (MST) $58,600 $94,400
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) $51,500 $94,300
Denison University $40,600 $94,000
Ohio Northern University (ONU) $44,800 $92,900
University Of Chicago $46,900 $92,700
Ohio Wesleyan University (OWU) $40,300 $92,500
Kenyon College $40,200 $89,700
Lawrence University $37,900 $89,700
Kettering University $56,500 $89,400
Michigan Technological University $53,000 $88,800
Northwestern University $49,900 $88,300
Washington University In St. Louis $51,200 $87,700
Wheaton College, Illinois $38,300 $87,200
Drake University $41,800 $86,900
Purdue University $50,900 $86,600
Milwaukee School of Engineering $54,100 $86,500
University of Michigan $50,100 $86,400
Lawrence Technological University $49,100 $86,300
Bradley University $45,800 $86,300
Miami University $46,000 $85,500
DePauw University $41,300 $85,500
Butler University $41,000 $85,500
Marquette University $46,200 $85,200
University of Illinois at Chicago $44,700 $85,200
University of Dayton $45,900 $85,000
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Madison $46,900 $84,800
Oberlin College $39,200 $84,700
St. Olaf College $40,700 $83,300
Grinnell College $43,300 $82,500
John Carroll University $42,200 $82,100
North Dakota State University (NDSU) $45,400 $81,900
University of Minnesota $45,200 $81,800
DePaul University $43,500 $81,400
North Central College $38,500 $81,300
Macalester College $43,400 $81,200
Creighton University $42,400 $81,200
Michigan State University (MSU) $43,800 $80,900
Iowa State University $44,900 $80,800
Xavier University, Cincinnati $44,200 $80,600
University of Kansas $42,500 $80,400
Trine University $46,500 $80,300
University of Iowa (UI) $41,700 $80,300
Hillsdale College $40,000 $80,100
Gustavus Adolphus College $39,900 $79,900
Indiana University (IU), Bloomington $41,500 $79,400
Albion College $38,500 $79,100
William Jewell College $44,300 $78,300
Ohio State University (OSU) $44,600 $78,300
Valparaiso University $46,600 $77,800
University of St. Thomas, Minnesota $43,400 $77,500
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Platteville $46,500 $77,500
Marietta College $35,300 $77,300
Northern Illinois University (NIU) $43,500 $77,000
Bethel University $41,400 $77,000
Loyola University of Chicago $42,700 $76,800
Mount Union College $38,700 $76,700
Calvin College $40,000 $76,600
University of Missouri - Columbia $41,200 $76,500
The College of Wooster $39,400 $76,100
Elmhurst College $40,500 $75,800
Saint Louis University (SLU) $45,800 $75,500
Carthage College $38,200 $75,500
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Whitewater $40,200 $74,900
Kansas State University (KSU) $44,500 $74,700
University of North Dakota $43,200 $74,500
Illinois State University $40,200 $74,100
Beloit College $37,900 $74,100
Oakland University $42,500 $73,800
Ripon College $36,700 $73,800
Augustana College, Illinois $38,700 $73,800
Hamline University $37,500 $73,700
University of Cincinnati (UC) $43,700 $73,600
University of South Dakota $37,800 $73,300
University Of St. Francis $44,000 $73,300
Central College $37,600 $72,900
Northeastern Illinois University $37,500 $72,800
University of Toledo $42,600 $72,300
Augsburg College $39,900 $72,300
Roosevelt University $39,300 $72,300
Wayne State University $42,200 $72,200
Western Michigan University (WMU) $42,100 $72,200
University of Minnesota-Duluth $42,100 $72,200
Ohio University $41,900 $72,200
Cleveland State University $42,000 $72,100
Kalamazoo College $39,500 $72,000
University of Findlay $42,000 $71,900
Luther College $40,200 $71,900
Southern Illinois University (SIU) - Carbondale $42,100 $71,800
University of Nebraska at Omaha $39,600 $71,600
Wittenberg University $39,100 $71,600
Minnesota State University - Mankato $41,900 $71,500
College of Saint Benedict (CSB), Minnesota $39,700 $71,200
Lewis University $40,500 $71,100
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) $42,400 $71,100
University of Wisconsin (UW) - La Crosse $39,200 $71,000
University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) $49,600 $71,000
Southern Illinois University (SIU) - Edwardsville $42,400 $70,900
Eastern Michigan University $38,100 $70,800
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Milwaukee $40,700 $70,700
University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC) $40,800 $70,600
Truman State University $38,300 $70,600
Wichita State University $40,800 $70,400
Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU) $39,800 $70,300
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Eau Claire $41,500 $70,200
St. Cloud State University $40,300 $70,100
Manchester College $34,600 $70,000
Aurora University $40,200 $70,000
University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) $42,200 $69,900
National Louis University $41,400 $69,800
Bowling Green State University $38,500 $69,600
Ferris State University $41,400 $69,300
Knox College $38,100 $69,200
Concordia College, Moorehead, Minnesota $38,000 $69,000
Coe College $38,100 $69,000
University of Missouri - St. Louis (UMSL) $39,600 $69,000
University of Akron $41,600 $69,000
Morningside College $33,300 $68,700
Hope College $37,800 $68,600
Rockhurst University $41,900 $68,600
Indiana State University $40,600 $68,500
Ball State University (BSU) $37,100 $68,500
Capella University $44,500 $68,300
Hiram College $36,700 $67,900
Youngstown State University (YSU) $40,400 $67,800
Northwood University, Michigan $40,200 $67,800
Earlham College $35,200 $67,700
Western Illinois University $37,500 $67,700
Otterbein College $41,900 $67,700
Cornell College $35,600 $67,600
Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration $41,900 $67,500
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Stout $41,100 $67,400
University of Evansville $41,300 $67,400
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota $42,800 $67,400
Eastern Illinois University $35,500 $67,300
Bellevue University $41,000 $67,300
Dordt College $35,000 $67,200
University of Northern Iowa $38,300 $67,100
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Oshkosh $38,000 $67,000
Heidelberg University $34,500 $66,900
Millikin University $37,700 $66,800
Maryville University $41,700 $66,700
Wright State University $41,000 $66,700
Metropolitan State University $43,700 $66,500
Franklin University $40,000 $66,300
South Dakota State University (SDSU) $42,000 $66,200
Lake Superior State University $40,300 $66,200
Benedictine University $39,500 $66,000
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) $38,000 $65,900
College for Creative Studies $40,400 $65,900
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Parkside $35,700 $65,800
North Park University $41,500 $65,800
Winona State University $39,800 $65,800
Carroll University $38,100 $65,600
Park University $41,500 $65,200
St. Catherine University (St. Paul, MN) $41,400 $65,100
Buena Vista University $35,300 $65,100
University of Indianapolis $38,400 $65,100
Capital University $37,700 $65,000
Wilmington College, Ohio $38,100 $65,000
Simpson College $39,100 $64,800
Webster University $39,400 $64,800
Missouri State University (MSU) $35,800 $64,500
Clarke College $36,700 $64,500
Monmouth College $39,800 $64,500
Mount Mary College, Wisconsin $40,400 $64,300
Graceland University $42,200 $64,000
University of Nebraska - Kearney $33,700 $64,000
McKendree University $40,100 $63,900
Ashland University $34,600 $63,800
Siena Heights University $37,900 $63,700
Baker University $39,800 $63,600
Marian College $41,900 $63,500
Olivet Nazarene University $38,000 $63,400
Kent State University (KSU) $37,100 $63,400
Bethel College, Indiana $35,500 $63,300
Avila University $41,000 $63,200
Central Michigan University $38,300 $63,200
Spring Arbor University $38,400 $63,200
Alma College $37,600 $63,100
University of Central Missouri $38,000 $63,100
Baldwin-Wallace College $39,800 $63,000
Ursuline College $41,600 $63,000
Viterbo University $43,900 $62,800
Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) $41,600 $62,600
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Stevens Point $37,000 $62,400
St. Mary's College, Indiana $37,600 $62,300
Grand Valley State University $36,300 $62,200
Columbia College $35,700 $62,100
Andrews University $36,700 $61,800
Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) $36,000 $61,300
College of Mount St. Joseph $36,200 $61,200
Southwest Baptist University $34,000 $61,000
Nebraska Wesleyan University (NWU) $37,500 $60,900
St. Ambrose University $36,600 $60,900
Southwestern College $45,300 $60,800
Cardinal Stritch University $41,500 $60,700
Northwest Missouri State University $35,300 $60,700
Governors State University $38,400 $60,700
Grand View University (GVU) $36,400 $60,600
Pittsburg State University $38,100 $60,600
Malone University $36,100 $60,300
Southeast Missouri State University $34,500 $60,000
University of Wisconsin (UW) - River Falls $40,200 $60,000
Lakeland College $40,100 $60,000
Friends University $37,700 $59,900
School of the Art Institute of Chicago $39,200 $59,800
Augustana College, South Dakota $40,100 $59,700
Columbus College of Art And Design $35,200 $59,500
University of Dubuque $37,100 $59,400
Concordia University Wisconsin $39,000 $59,400
Indiana University (IU), South Bend $38,500 $59,300
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Green Bay $35,100 $59,100
Taylor University $37,200 $59,000
Bemidji State University (BSU) $39,600 $58,800
Madonna University $40,300 $58,600
Indiana University (IU), Northwest $38,600 $58,100
Wayne State College $32,300 $58,100
Northern Michigan University $36,500 $58,000
Washburn University $37,800 $57,900
University of Southern Indiana $36,300 $57,900
Alverno College $41,800 $57,700
Upper Iowa University $36,300 $57,600
Trinity Christian College $40,400 $57,500
Fort Hays State University (FHSU) $39,100 $57,400
Drury University $37,500 $57,300
Northern State University $33,200 $57,300
Anderson University $37,200 $57,300
North Central University $31,000 $57,200
Hastings College $36,000 $57,200
Missouri Western State University $38,500 $57,000
Emporia State University $38,100 $57,000
Cedarville University $42,200 $56,700
National American University $38,700 $56,600
Lincoln University $40,700 $56,200
Baker College $36,600 $56,100
University of Mary $40,000 $56,000
Northwestern College (Minnesota) $40,400 $55,900
American Intercontinental University (AIU) $38,700 $55,900
Central State University $32,400 $55,700
University of Illinois at Springfield $35,400 $55,500
Midamerica Nazarene University $40,700 $55,400
Bluffton University $30,600 $55,200
Lindenwood University $35,500 $54,900
Indiana Institute Of Technology $40,600 $54,300
Davenport University $38,500 $54,000
Wartburg College $40,200 $53,800
Urbana University $40,500 $53,500
Fontbonne University $34,800 $53,400
Minot State University $35,600 $53,400
Mount Vernon Nazarene University (MVNU) $35,700 $53,000
Mount Mercy College $40,000 $52,800
Ohio Dominican University $35,300 $52,700
Briar Cliff University $35,200 $52,400
Evangel University $34,900 $52,400
Dakota State University $40,400 $52,400
College of the Ozarks $27,800 $52,300
Kaplan College $35,800 $52,200
Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) $38,800 $52,100
Chicago State University (CSU) $38,800 $50,100
Judson University $36,700 $49,000
Black Hills State University $33,700 $48,900
Concordia College, Nebraska $33,400 $46,800
William Penn University $35,600 $46,400
William Woods University $32,900 $45,200
Ashford University $35,500 $44,200
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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