Top Salary Potential By School Location

Are you longing to get away from your hometown, or does staying nearby have appeal? Whatever your preference, find out which schools can get you where you want to be, and still give you a top salary after you graduate. See our lists of the best schools in each region of the country by salary potential.

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Haven't decided if autumn air in Boston or California sun is what you crave? You can look at schools from all areas of the country - Northeast, South, Midwest, West 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 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.
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Northeastern Colleges
Northeastern Colleges
Amidst the falling leaves and historical hamlets of the Northeast sit an impressive collection of Ivies, small liberal arts colleges and engineering schools. Which help their graduates move on to satisfying, lucrative careers? See PayScale's lineup of northeast colleges by salary potential.
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Southern Colleges
Southern Colleges
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.
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Western Colleges
Western Colleges
The lure of beautiful mountains and outdoor adventure can be irresistible. If you're longing to head west, why not pick a school that is most likely to help you pay back your student loans? See PayScale's list of western colleges by salary potential.
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Best Schools in California
Best Schools in California
The Golden state hosts so many great schools that we gave it a list all its own. Whether you want the redwoods up north or the sun and surf down south, you can compare California schools by post-graduation paycheck. Check out PayScale's ranking of California schools by salary potential.
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