Top State Universities By Salary Potential

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The best state schools are becoming more and more popular as private college tuition rises beyond many students' reach. Trying to decide between your in-state options? See our list of best state universities by salary potential to help you choose the best state school for you.

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
Starting Median Salary Mid-Career Median Salary
State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College $57,300 $109,000
Colorado School of Mines $63,400 $106,000
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech) $55,700 $103,000
New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) $53,400 $103,000
University of California, Berkeley $51,400 $102,000
Georgia Institute of Technology $57,500 $102,000
Massachusetts Maritime Academy $54,300 $98,000
University of California, San Diego (UCSD) $48,200 $96,700
The College of William and Mary $45,000 $96,500
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology $56,700 $96,300
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (CalPoly) $54,200 $95,700
Missouri University of Science and Technology (MST) $58,600 $94,400
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) $51,500 $94,300
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona $47,600 $92,700
Texas A&M University $50,200 $92,500
Rutgers University - New Brunswick $49,200 $91,800
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) $51,600 $91,500
University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Lowell $49,200 $91,400
University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) $49,200 $91,100
University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) $47,300 $91,000
San Jose State University (SJSU) $50,900 $90,900
Stony Brook University $48,200 $90,900
University of California, Irvine (UCI) $44,800 $90,600
University of Colorado - Boulder (UCB) $45,900 $90,400
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
Michigan Technological University $53,000 $88,800
University of California, Riverside (UCR) $43,900 $88,800
George Mason University $48,800 $88,600
University of Washington (UW) $46,700 $88,400
University of California, Davis (UC Davis) $47,600 $87,100
Binghamton University $49,700 $87,000
Oregon State University (OSU) $44,600 $86,900
Purdue University $50,900 $86,600
University of Michigan $50,100 $86,400
Clemson University $47,300 $85,800
Miami University $46,000 $85,500
Texas Tech University $46,500 $85,500
University of Illinois at Chicago $44,700 $85,200
Louisiana Tech University $43,300 $85,100
Auburn University $42,200 $85,000
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Madison $46,900 $84,800
University of Connecticut (UConn) $48,500 $84,400
California State University (CSU), Chico $45,700 $84,400
James Madison University (JMU) $44,900 $83,800
Pennsylvania State University (PSU) $48,300 $83,700
Baruch College $49,000 $83,400
University of Delaware $46,800 $83,400
University of Colorado - Denver $43,200 $83,200
North Carolina State University (NCSU) $46,500 $83,200
Montana Tech of The University of Montana $55,200 $83,200
California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) $42,400 $82,900
San Diego State University (SDSU) $43,500 $82,800
University of Rhode Island (URI) $45,700 $82,700
California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) $43,800 $82,600
West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) $45,700 $82,300
California State University, Northridge (CSUN) $42,900 $82,200
City College of New York (CCNY) $47,700 $82,000
North Dakota State University (NDSU) $45,400 $81,900
University of Minnesota $45,200 $81,800
Queens College $41,300 $81,800
University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) $42,900 $81,700
University of Arizona $45,400 $81,600
Washington State University (WSU) $43,700 $81,600
University of Maryland University College (UMUC) $48,600 $81,600
Lamar University $42,100 $81,500
Louisiana State University (LSU) $44,100 $81,400
Southern Polytechnic State University $47,300 $81,200
University of Alabama at Huntsville (UAH) $46,500 $81,200
California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) $42,100 $81,200
Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) $53,600 $81,000
Michigan State University (MSU) $43,800 $80,900
Iowa State University $44,900 $80,800
West Virginia University (WVU) $45,400 $80,800
University of Florida (UF) $45,300 $80,700
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa $41,100 $80,600
University of Kansas $42,500 $80,400
University of Iowa (UI) $41,700 $80,300
The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) $44,400 $80,200
Arizona State University (ASU) $44,500 $79,900
University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) $50,400 $79,900
University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Amherst $46,000 $79,800
University of Pittsburgh $43,800 $79,600
Western Washington University $41,600 $79,500
San Francisco State University (SFSU) $46,200 $79,400
Indiana University (IU), Bloomington $41,500 $79,400
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
University of Oklahoma $44,300 $79,200
University of Oregon $39,700 $79,200
Towson University $41,400 $79,200
California State University, East Bay (CSUEB) $47,900 $78,900
University of Idaho $43,000 $78,900
Ramapo College of New Jersey $41,600 $78,600
State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany $42,600 $78,400
Ohio State University (OSU) $44,600 $78,300
University of Kentucky (UK) $40,900 $78,300
University at Buffalo (UB) $43,800 $78,100
University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) $45,000 $78,000
University of Utah $44,200 $77,900
University of Houston (UH) $44,800 $77,900
California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) $44,100 $77,900
University of Arkansas $41,100 $77,900
West Chester University $40,600 $77,700
University of Mississippi $40,300 $77,600
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Platteville $46,500 $77,500
Fashion Institute of Technology $41,500 $77,400
Rutgers University - Newark $45,200 $77,200
Central Washington University (CWU) $41,400 $77,100
Northern Illinois University (NIU) $43,500 $77,000
University of Wyoming (UW) $43,600 $76,900
Oklahoma State University (OSU) $43,100 $76,900
University of New Hampshire (UNH) $42,100 $76,700
Brooklyn College $40,900 $76,700
University of Missouri - Columbia $41,200 $76,500
Eastern Connecticut State University $39,000 $76,500
University of Vermont (UVM) $42,800 $76,400
University of Texas at Dallas $45,000 $76,400
Tennessee Technological University (TTU) $42,500 $76,400
University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) $43,600 $76,400
University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Dartmouth $43,400 $76,200
Temple University $40,700 $76,100
Weber State University $45,600 $75,800
Colorado State University (CSU) $44,100 $75,500
Central Connecticut State University $42,500 $75,500
Penn State - Harrisburg $45,700 $75,400
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center $49,700 $75,400
College of Staten Island $41,200 $75,300
Kean University $41,300 $75,300
California State University (CSU), Fresno (Fresno State) $41,100 $75,200
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Whitewater $40,200 $74,900
University of Colorado - Colorado Springs (UCCS) $42,500 $74,900
Montclair State University $41,900 $74,800
New Mexico State University $44,900 $74,800
Kansas State University (KSU) $44,500 $74,700
Sonoma State University $44,800 $74,600
University of Tennessee $41,400 $74,500
University of North Dakota $43,200 $74,500
University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Boston $44,100 $74,500
University of Northern Colorado $38,800 $74,500
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey $38,100 $74,300
Humboldt State University $39,500 $74,200
Utah State University $41,200 $74,100
Illinois State University $40,200 $74,100
Farmingdale State College $40,800 $73,900
Oakland University $42,500 $73,800
Charter Oak State College $52,300 $73,700
Mississippi State University (MSU) $40,600 $73,700
University of Cincinnati (UC) $43,700 $73,600
Hunter College - The City University of New York (CUNY) $45,500 $73,600
University of New Mexico (UNM) $40,500 $73,500
University of Hawaii at Manoa $41,000 $73,500
University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) $43,500 $73,400
University of Baltimore $47,800 $73,400
University of South Dakota $37,800 $73,300
Florida State University (FSU) $38,500 $73,200
Montana State University - Bozeman $46,500 $73,200
Frostburg State University $41,600 $73,200
University Of Maine, Orono $42,700 $73,100
Thomas Edison State College $45,200 $72,900
Massachusetts College of Art and Design $37,700 $72,900
Northeastern Illinois University $37,500 $72,800
Florida International University (FIU) $40,500 $72,700
Colorado State University (CSU), Pueblo $37,700 $72,700
Rowan University $42,900 $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 Toledo $42,600 $72,300
William Paterson University $44,500 $72,300
Wayne State University $42,200 $72,200
Western Michigan University (WMU) $42,100 $72,200
Northern Arizona University (NAU) $39,300 $72,200
University of Minnesota-Duluth $42,100 $72,200
Ohio University $41,900 $72,200
University of New Orleans (UNO) $41,300 $72,100
Cleveland State University $42,000 $72,100
Idaho State University (ISU) $47,500 $72,100
California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) $40,800 $71,900
Southern Illinois University (SIU) - Carbondale $42,100 $71,800
Southern Oregon University $35,500 $71,800
University of Nebraska at Omaha $39,600 $71,600
Minnesota State University - Mankato $41,900 $71,500
Salisbury University $40,100 $71,500
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania $40,000 $71,400
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) $41,400 $71,400
University of Louisiana (UL) at Lafayette $37,800 $71,300
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) $42,400 $71,100
Penn State - Erie / The Behrend College $47,700 $71,100
University of Wisconsin (UW) - La Crosse $39,200 $71,000
University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) $42,800 $71,000
Southern Illinois University (SIU) - Edwardsville $42,400 $70,900
Western Connecticut State University $39,600 $70,800
Eastern Michigan University $38,100 $70,800
Southwestern Oklahoma State University $33,700 $70,700
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Milwaukee $40,700 $70,700
Old Dominion University $41,600 $70,600
University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC) $40,800 $70,600
Truman State University $38,300 $70,600
University of South Carolina $38,800 $70,400
Wichita State University $40,800 $70,400
Portland State University (PSU) $39,700 $70,200
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Eau Claire $41,500 $70,200
University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) $51,400 $70,100
St. Cloud State University $40,300 $70,100
California State University (CSU), Stanislaus $39,500 $70,000
University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) $42,200 $69,900
Plymouth State University $37,400 $69,800
McNeese State University $40,000 $69,700
University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) $39,900 $69,600
Bowling Green State University $38,500 $69,600
Clarion University of Pennsylvania $34,800 $69,600
Texas Woman's University $41,500 $69,500
Fitchburg State College $39,000 $69,500
California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) $39,800 $69,500
Ferris State University $41,400 $69,300
Boise State University (BSU) $41,100 $69,200
University of North Texas (UNT) $39,300 $69,100
State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego $37,600 $69,000
University of Missouri - St. Louis (UMSL) $39,600 $69,000
Metropolitan State College of Denver (MSCD) $42,100 $69,000
University of Akron $41,600 $69,000
University of Montana $37,800 $69,000
State University of New York (SUNY) Institute of Technology (SUNYIT) $42,700 $69,000
University of Memphis (U of M) $40,600 $68,900
Fort Lewis College $39,700 $68,900
Indiana State University $40,600 $68,500
Ball State University (BSU) $37,100 $68,500
University of South Florida (USF) $39,800 $68,400
California State University, San Marcos (CSUSM) $40,200 $68,400
East Stroudsburg University (ESU) $37,300 $68,400
Framingham State College $38,500 $68,400
Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) $38,900 $68,300
Bowie State University (BSU) $45,400 $68,300
Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) $39,800 $68,300
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical (A&M) University (FAMU) $40,300 $68,200
University of Alaska, Anchorage $48,200 $68,200
North Carolina A&T State University $45,700 $68,200
Millersville University of Pennsylvania $39,900 $68,200
Prairie View A & M University $46,400 $68,100
Florida Atlantic University (FAU) $39,100 $68,000
University of Central Florida (UCF) $40,100 $68,000
Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi $40,600 $68,000
Youngstown State University (YSU) $40,400 $67,800
Western Illinois University $37,500 $67,700
Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) $38,200 $67,600
Bridgewater State College $36,400 $67,600
Texas A&M University - Kingsville $44,500 $67,500
Eastern Kentucky University $35,600 $67,500
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Stout $41,100 $67,400
University of West Florida (UWF) $37,800 $67,400
Southern University and A&M College $40,900 $67,400
Augusta State University $36,200 $67,400
Eastern Illinois University $35,500 $67,300
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) $37,900 $67,200
University of Northern Iowa $38,300 $67,100
State University of New York (SUNY) at Geneseo $42,500 $67,000
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Oshkosh $38,000 $67,000
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania $40,100 $67,000
State University of New York (SUNY) at Plattsburgh $36,900 $66,900
Wright State University $41,000 $66,700
Columbus State University $37,800 $66,600
State University of New York (SUNY) at Oneonta $39,000 $66,500
Metropolitan State University $43,700 $66,500
University of North Florida (UNF) $38,700 $66,300
Texas State University - San Marcos $39,600 $66,200
South Dakota State University (SDSU) $42,000 $66,200
Lake Superior State University $40,300 $66,200
Texas Southern University $37,800 $66,100
Sam Houston State University $40,300 $66,100
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) $38,000 $65,900
East Carolina University (ECU) $39,500 $65,900
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Parkside $35,700 $65,800
State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz $40,300 $65,800
Winona State University $39,800 $65,800
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) $40,500 $65,600
Worcester State College $40,200 $65,600
University of the District of Columbia $44,500 $65,600
Troy University $37,400 $65,500
University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) $41,300 $65,400
Northwestern State University $36,300 $65,400
Kennesaw State University $39,800 $65,300
Georgia Southern University $39,100 $65,200
New Jersey City University $41,900 $65,200
State University of New York (SUNY) at Potsdam $35,300 $65,100
Empire State College $39,600 $65,100
West Liberty University $36,900 $65,100
Utah Valley University $40,800 $64,800
Christopher Newport University $39,900 $64,800
Midwestern State University (MSU) $41,000 $64,600
Missouri State University (MSU) $35,800 $64,500
Virginia State University (VSU) $37,700 $64,500
Evergreen State College $36,700 $64,500
Athens State University $37,500 $64,500
College of Charleston $35,800 $64,400
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania $35,800 $64,400
West Texas A & M University $38,800 $64,300
North Carolina Central University $36,700 $64,200
Radford University $40,800 $64,100
Tennessee State University $42,900 $64,100
University of Southern Maine (USM) $41,300 $64,000
University of Nebraska - Kearney $33,700 $64,000
Western Kentucky University $36,800 $64,000
Delaware State University $35,900 $63,900
Northern Kentucky University (NKU) $38,700 $63,900
Herbert H. Lehman College $41,700 $63,900
Western State College of Colorado $39,700 $63,700
Appalachian State University $35,700 $63,700
Kent State University (KSU) $37,100 $63,400
Keene State College $40,600 $63,300
Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) $37,800 $63,300
Salem State College $39,500 $63,200
Central Michigan University $38,300 $63,200
Eastern Washington University $38,600 $63,100
California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) $45,200 $63,100
University of Central Missouri $38,000 $63,100
Slippery Rock University $35,900 $62,900
Georgia College & State University (GCSU) $38,300 $62,500
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Stevens Point $37,000 $62,400
CUNY John Jay College Criminal Justice $37,400 $62,400
Western Carolina University $35,000 $62,300
Grand Valley State University $36,300 $62,200
University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) $35,900 $62,200
Angelo State University $34,900 $62,000
California University of Pennsylvania (Cal U) $35,500 $61,900
Lander University $34,200 $61,900
Cameron University $33,400 $61,800
Langston University $43,200 $61,800
Tarleton State University (TSU) $39,500 $61,600
University of Southern Mississippi (USM) $37,900 $61,600
Fairmont State University $36,700 $61,400
Clayton College & State University $39,000 $61,400
Mesa State College $38,200 $61,300
Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) $36,000 $61,300
Arkansas State University (ASU) $34,800 $61,300
Edinboro University $35,500 $61,300
Eastern New Mexico University $33,500 $61,200
Shepherd University $35,600 $61,200
Valdosta State University (VSU) $33,900 $61,200
Winston-Salem State University $41,100 $61,200
Westfield State College $36,600 $61,100
Henderson State University $35,600 $60,900
Bluefield State College $38,900 $60,900
Pennsylvania College Of Technology $40,800 $60,800
Georgia Southwestern State University $33,600 $60,800
Winthrop University $35,000 $60,800
Northwest Missouri State University $35,300 $60,700
Governors State University $38,400 $60,700
University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) $34,600 $60,600
Pittsburg State University $38,100 $60,600
Rhode Island College $37,600 $60,500
Arkansas Tech University $40,300 $60,500
Texas A&M University - Commerce $38,900 $60,100
Jacksonville State University (JSU) $37,100 $60,100
Southeast Missouri State University $34,500 $60,000
University of Wisconsin (UW) - River Falls $40,200 $60,000
University of Texas at Tyler $40,600 $59,800
Indiana University (IU), South Bend $38,500 $59,300
Austin Peay State University $37,400 $59,200
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) $34,700 $59,200
Armstrong Atlantic State University (AASU) $40,900 $59,100
University of Wisconsin (UW) - Green Bay $35,100 $59,100
State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia $35,300 $59,000
University of Arkansas - Little Rock (UALR) $36,200 $58,900
Bemidji State University (BSU) $39,600 $58,800
Marshall University $35,100 $58,800
West Virginia State College $34,000 $58,800
Norfolk State University $38,800 $58,700
University of North Alabama (UNA) $37,300 $58,400
Delta State University $34,400 $58,300
Nicholls State University $35,600 $58,200
Indiana University (IU), Northwest $38,600 $58,100
Wayne State College $32,300 $58,100
Northern Michigan University $36,500 $58,000
Morgan State University $41,000 $58,000
Washburn University $37,800 $57,900
University of Southern Indiana $36,300 $57,900
Southeastern Louisiana University $40,500 $57,800
East Tennessee State University (ETSU) $36,500 $57,700
Fort Hays State University (FHSU) $39,100 $57,400
Northern State University $33,200 $57,300
University of North Carolina at Asheville (UNCA) $34,000 $57,300
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania $34,100 $57,200
Missouri Western State University $38,500 $57,000
Emporia State University $38,100 $57,000
Auburn University Montgomery (AUM) $37,400 $57,000
Morehead State University (Kentucky) $33,700 $57,000
Murray State University $37,100 $56,800
University Of Central Arkansas $34,900 $56,800
University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) $35,500 $56,300
Lincoln University $40,700 $56,200
Montana State University - Billings $32,600 $55,900
Grambling State University $37,700 $55,800
Alabama A&M University (AAMU) $36,700 $55,700
Central State University $32,400 $55,700
Longwood University $38,800 $55,700
University of Illinois at Springfield $35,400 $55,500
SUNY College at Buffalo $34,800 $54,800
Mississippi University for Women $40,000 $53,800
Jackson State University (JSU) $32,400 $53,600
Fayetteville State University $33,000 $53,600
University of North Carolina at Pembroke (Uncp) $32,400 $53,500
Minot State University $35,600 $53,400
Alabama State University (ASU) $32,200 $52,900
The University of Tennessee at Martin (UT Martin) $38,100 $52,700
Dakota State University $40,400 $52,400
Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) $38,800 $52,100
Northeastern State University $35,300 $51,700
Alcorn State University $31,800 $50,800
University of Montevallo $32,300 $50,400
Chicago State University (CSU) $38,800 $50,100
Black Hills State University $33,700 $48,900
East Central University $37,300 $46,500
Concord University $31,600 $45,900
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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