Top Southern Colleges By Salary Potential

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Way down south you have big institutions like Duke and Georgetown, as well as smaller schools like Davidson and Washington and Lee, that can get you a lucrative gig. Pick your favorite with 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
Starting Median Salary Mid-Career Median Salary
Duke University $54,400 $113,000
Georgia Institute of Technology $57,500 $102,000
Vanderbilt University $51,300 $100,000
Washington and Lee University $48,600 $99,800
Loyola College in Maryland $47,500 $98,800
Wake Forest University $46,000 $98,800
Hampden-Sydney College $46,300 $98,600
Rice University $51,100 $97,400
Georgetown University $50,300 $96,900
The College of William and Mary $45,000 $96,500
Davidson College $41,600 $94,500
Johns Hopkins University $54,000 $93,400
George Washington University (GWU) $48,500 $92,700
Texas A&M University $50,200 $92,500
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) $51,600 $91,500
Hendrix College $38,600 $91,500
University of Virginia (UVA) $49,500 $90,300
University of Maryland (UMD) $49,500 $89,800
University of Texas (UT) - Austin $48,200 $89,500
Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech) $53,700 $88,700
George Mason University $48,800 $88,600
American University, Washington D.C. $40,800 $88,000
Samford University $37,600 $87,200
Rhodes College $38,400 $87,200
Clemson University $47,300 $85,800
Christian Brothers University $40,800 $85,700
Texas Tech University $46,500 $85,500
Southern Methodist University (SMU) $45,400 $85,200
Louisiana Tech University $43,300 $85,100
Auburn University $42,200 $85,000
University of Tulsa $47,500 $84,800
University of Richmond $47,300 $84,300
James Madison University (JMU) $44,900 $83,800
Tulane University $45,000 $83,700
Trinity University $44,700 $83,600
University of Delaware $46,800 $83,400
North Carolina State University (NCSU) $46,500 $83,200
Baylor University $43,100 $83,200
Emory University $45,400 $83,000
West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) $45,700 $82,300
Catholic University of America $44,300 $82,000
University of Maryland University College (UMUC) $48,600 $81,600
Lamar University $42,100 $81,500
St. Mary's University, Texas $43,200 $81,400
Louisiana State University (LSU) $44,100 $81,400
University of Alabama at Huntsville (UAH) $46,500 $81,200
Southern Polytechnic State University $47,300 $81,200
West Virginia University (WVU) $45,400 $80,800
University of Florida (UF) $45,300 $80,700
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa $41,100 $80,600
Furman University $38,900 $80,400
University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) $50,400 $79,900
Millsaps College $40,400 $79,500
University of Georgia (UGA) $41,000 $79,400
Saint Mary's College of Maryland $41,700 $79,300
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) $42,100 $79,200
Towson University $41,400 $79,200
University of Oklahoma $44,300 $79,200
Stetson University $38,400 $79,000
University of Miami (UM) $46,400 $78,700
Howard University $43,700 $78,300
University of Kentucky (UK) $40,900 $78,300
Transylvania University $40,900 $78,300
Texas Christian University (TCU) $44,900 $78,300
Stevenson University $40,200 $78,100
College of Notre Dame of Maryland $46,500 $78,000
University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) $45,000 $78,000
University of Arkansas $41,100 $77,900
University of Houston (UH) $44,800 $77,900
University of Mississippi $40,300 $77,600
Oklahoma State University (OSU) $43,100 $76,900
Abilene Christian University $38,600 $76,800
Tuskegee University $42,700 $76,700
University of Texas at Dallas $45,000 $76,400
Tennessee Technological University (TTU) $42,500 $76,400
Nova Southeastern University $45,300 $75,700
Randolph-Macon College (Ashland, Virginia) $42,100 $75,600
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center $49,700 $75,400
Wofford College $34,700 $74,800
University of Tampa $38,600 $74,700
University of Tennessee $41,400 $74,500
Morehouse College $44,500 $74,300
Mississippi State University (MSU) $40,600 $73,700
University of Baltimore $47,800 $73,400
University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) $43,500 $73,400
Harding University $40,300 $73,300
Averett University $35,900 $73,300
Frostburg State University $41,600 $73,200
Florida State University (FSU) $38,500 $73,200
Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences $51,700 $72,900
Florida International University (FIU) $40,500 $72,700
Queens University $39,600 $72,700
Georgia State University $40,800 $72,600
University of South Alabama $40,300 $72,500
University of Louisville $40,600 $72,400
University of New Orleans (UNO) $41,300 $72,100
McDaniel College $41,300 $72,100
Texas Lutheran University $39,700 $71,600
Salisbury University $40,100 $71,500
University of Louisiana (UL) at Lafayette $37,800 $71,300
Goucher College $37,000 $71,300
Lipscomb University $40,200 $71,100
Thomas More College $44,200 $71,100
West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) $32,800 $71,000
University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) $42,800 $71,000
Southwestern Oklahoma State University $33,700 $70,700
Old Dominion University $41,600 $70,600
Southwestern University $44,200 $70,600
University of South Carolina $38,800 $70,400
Bob Jones University $36,900 $70,200
Lynchburg College $39,200 $70,200
Hampton University $44,800 $70,100
McNeese State University $40,000 $69,700
Wheeling Jesuit University $36,800 $69,600
University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) $39,900 $69,600
Texas Woman's University $41,500 $69,500
Xavier University of Louisiana $42,300 $69,400
Rollins College $38,000 $69,300
Roanoke College $37,500 $69,300
University of North Texas (UNT) $39,300 $69,100
Methodist University $39,400 $68,900
University of Memphis (U of M) $40,600 $68,900
John Brown University $36,000 $68,900
Strayer University $45,000 $68,600
LeTourneau University $48,900 $68,500
University of South Florida (USF) $39,800 $68,400
Austin College $39,300 $68,400
Bowie State University (BSU) $45,400 $68,300
Marymount University $43,200 $68,300
Elon University $41,600 $68,300
North Carolina A&T State University $45,700 $68,200
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical (A&M) University (FAMU) $40,300 $68,200
Prairie View A & M University $46,400 $68,100
Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi $40,600 $68,000
University of Central Florida (UCF) $40,100 $68,000
Florida Atlantic University (FAU) $39,100 $68,000
Washington College (Maryland) $45,600 $67,900
Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) $38,200 $67,600
Eastern Kentucky University $35,600 $67,500
Bellarmine University $45,200 $67,500
Texas A&M University - Kingsville $44,500 $67,500
Augusta State University $36,200 $67,400
Southern University and A&M College $40,900 $67,400
American Public University System $45,300 $67,400
University of West Florida (UWF) $37,800 $67,400
Houston Baptist University $37,200 $67,300
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) $37,900 $67,200
Berry College $34,400 $66,800
Columbus State University $37,800 $66,600
Jacksonville University $47,500 $66,600
Miles College $41,700 $66,400
Ferrum College $38,500 $66,400
University of North Florida (UNF) $38,700 $66,300
Texas State University - San Marcos $39,600 $66,200
Sam Houston State University $40,300 $66,100
Texas Southern University $37,800 $66,100
East Carolina University (ECU) $39,500 $65,900
Spelman College $37,100 $65,900
Dallas Baptist University $40,200 $65,800
Birmingham Southern College $40,600 $65,700
University of the District of Columbia $44,500 $65,600
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) $40,500 $65,600
Troy University $37,400 $65,500
Northwestern State University $36,300 $65,400
University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) $41,300 $65,400
Maryland Institute College of Art $40,700 $65,300
Wayland Baptist University $41,000 $65,300
Kennesaw State University $39,800 $65,300
Georgia Southern University $39,100 $65,200
West Liberty University $36,900 $65,100
Christopher Newport University $39,900 $64,800
Barry University $40,700 $64,600
Midwestern State University (MSU) $41,000 $64,600
Athens State University $37,500 $64,500
Hardin-Simmons University (HSU) $42,900 $64,500
Virginia State University (VSU) $37,700 $64,500
Barton College $40,500 $64,400
College of Charleston $35,800 $64,400
West Texas A & M University $38,800 $64,300
North Carolina Central University $36,700 $64,200
Texas Wesleyan University $43,200 $64,200
Tennessee State University $42,900 $64,100
Guilford College $35,600 $64,100
Radford University $40,800 $64,100
Western Kentucky University $36,800 $64,000
Northern Kentucky University (NKU) $38,700 $63,900
Delaware State University $35,900 $63,900
Loyola University - New Orleans $41,000 $63,700
Appalachian State University $35,700 $63,700
North Carolina Wesleyan College (NCWC) $37,900 $63,600
Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) $37,800 $63,300
Eckerd College $39,000 $63,200
Columbia Southern University $42,200 $63,100
Shorter College $39,200 $63,000
Oklahoma City University $39,800 $62,700
Belmont Abbey College $43,600 $62,700
Georgia College & State University (GCSU) $38,300 $62,500
Western Carolina University $35,000 $62,300
University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) $35,900 $62,200
Oral Roberts University (ORU) $34,500 $62,000
Angelo State University $34,900 $62,000
Lander University $34,200 $61,900
Langston University $43,200 $61,800
Campbell University $35,400 $61,800
Cameron University $33,400 $61,800
University of Southern Mississippi (USM) $37,900 $61,600
Saint Leo University $38,800 $61,600
Tarleton State University (TSU) $39,500 $61,600
Clayton College & State University $39,000 $61,400
Fairmont State University $36,700 $61,400
Arkansas State University (ASU) $34,800 $61,300
Belmont University $37,500 $61,300
King College $37,600 $61,300
Winston-Salem State University $41,100 $61,200
Valdosta State University (VSU) $33,900 $61,200
Shepherd University $35,600 $61,200
Bluefield State College $38,900 $60,900
Henderson State University $35,600 $60,900
Winthrop University $35,000 $60,800
Georgia Southwestern State University $33,600 $60,800
Charleston Southern University (CSU) $35,900 $60,800
Lubbock Christian University $34,800 $60,700
University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) $34,600 $60,600
Arkansas Tech University $40,300 $60,500
Mercer University $39,200 $60,500
Clark Atlanta University (CAU) $37,700 $60,200
Jacksonville State University (JSU) $37,100 $60,100
Texas A&M University - Commerce $38,900 $60,100
Mountain State University $42,500 $59,800
University of Texas at Tyler $40,600 $59,800
Trevecca Nazarene University $37,800 $59,500
Union University, Tennessee $39,100 $59,500
Brenau University $35,300 $59,400
Florida Southern College $35,700 $59,400
University of The Incarnate Word $34,900 $59,300
Austin Peay State University $37,400 $59,200
Armstrong Atlantic State University (AASU) $40,900 $59,100
Wilmington University, Delaware $35,300 $59,000
University of Arkansas - Little Rock (UALR) $36,200 $58,900
West Virginia State College $34,000 $58,800
Marshall University $35,100 $58,800
Norfolk State University $38,800 $58,700
High Point University $37,400 $58,600
Mississippi College $37,500 $58,600
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (UMHB) $40,600 $58,400
University of North Alabama (UNA) $37,300 $58,400
Delta State University $34,400 $58,300
Nicholls State University $35,600 $58,200
Wingate University $35,100 $58,100
Morgan State University $41,000 $58,000
Southeastern Louisiana University $40,500 $57,800
East Tennessee State University (ETSU) $36,500 $57,700
Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) $40,300 $57,400
University of North Carolina at Asheville (UNCA) $34,000 $57,300
Morehead State University (Kentucky) $33,700 $57,000
Auburn University Montgomery (AUM) $37,400 $57,000
South University $42,300 $56,900
University Of Central Arkansas $34,900 $56,800
Murray State University $37,100 $56,800
Bridgewater College $36,200 $56,400
Lenoir-Rhyne College $38,200 $56,400
University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) $35,500 $56,300
Carson Newman College $32,500 $56,000
Liberty University $35,400 $56,000
Southeastern University $34,400 $56,000
Lee University (Cleveland, TN) $29,900 $55,800
Grambling State University $37,700 $55,800
Longwood University $38,800 $55,700
Meredith College $37,000 $55,700
Alabama A&M University (AAMU) $36,700 $55,700
Berea College $32,000 $55,500
Spalding University $42,100 $55,000
Southern Nazarene University $37,600 $54,900
Warner University $38,200 $54,700
Huntingdon College $33,100 $54,700
Bethune Cookman University $35,800 $54,700
Gardner-Webb University $31,100 $54,400
Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) $39,900 $54,100
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) $36,100 $53,900
William Carey University $33,900 $53,800
Mississippi University for Women $40,000 $53,800
Fayetteville State University $33,000 $53,600
Jackson State University (JSU) $32,400 $53,600
Limestone College $39,900 $53,600
University of North Carolina at Pembroke (Uncp) $32,400 $53,500
Oklahoma Christian University $38,200 $53,400
Southern Wesleyan University (SWU) $37,500 $53,300
Alabama State University (ASU) $32,200 $52,900
The University of Tennessee at Martin (UT Martin) $38,100 $52,700
Howard Payne University $30,300 $52,600
Virginia Wesleyan College (VWC) $34,900 $52,200
Northeastern State University $35,300 $51,700
Tusculum College $35,000 $51,700
Mount Olive College $32,400 $51,000
Alcorn State University $31,800 $50,800
University of Montevallo $32,300 $50,400
Faulkner University $33,500 $49,100
Asbury College $34,500 $48,900
Belhaven University $34,500 $48,300
Shaw University $34,400 $48,300
East Texas Baptist University (ETBU) $35,800 $47,700
Benedict College $32,100 $47,200
East Central University $37,300 $46,500
Concord University $31,600 $45,900
Bethel University, Tennessee $30,900 $45,700
University of the Cumberlands $32,300 $44,800
Coker College $27,600 $43,400
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 b See full methodology for more.
 
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