Best Western US Colleges By Salary Potential (Excluding California)

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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.

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
Starting Median Salary Mid-Career Median Salary
Colorado School of Mines $63,400 $106,000
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech) $55,700 $103,000
University of Colorado - Boulder (UCB) $45,900 $90,400
University of Washington (UW) $46,700 $88,400
Gonzaga University $44,200 $87,700
Oregon State University (OSU) $44,600 $86,900
Brigham Young University (BYU) $47,400 $86,800
University of Portland $47,700 $85,900
Pacific University $50,500 $85,500
Montana Tech of The University of Montana $55,200 $83,200
University of Colorado - Denver $43,200 $83,200
Reed College $41,000 $83,100
Washington State University (WSU) $43,700 $81,600
University of Arizona $45,400 $81,600
Colorado College (CC) $38,600 $81,200
Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) $53,600 $81,000
Arizona State University (ASU) $44,500 $79,900
Seattle Pacific University (SPU) $38,800 $79,700
Western Washington University $41,600 $79,500
University of Oregon $39,700 $79,200
University of Idaho $43,000 $78,900
University of Denver $41,900 $78,900
Whitman College $41,000 $78,800
Pacific Lutheran University $43,600 $78,600
University of Puget Sound $42,900 $78,600
University of Utah $44,200 $77,900
Willamette University $39,500 $77,700
Central Washington University (CWU) $41,400 $77,100
University of Wyoming (UW) $43,600 $76,900
University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) $43,600 $76,400
Weber State University $45,600 $75,800
Seattle University $46,800 $75,800
Colorado State University (CSU) $44,100 $75,500
University of Colorado - Colorado Springs (UCCS) $42,500 $74,900
New Mexico State University $44,900 $74,800
University of Northern Colorado $38,800 $74,500
Western Governors University (WGU) $40,800 $74,400
Utah State University $41,200 $74,100
Walla Walla University $46,500 $74,000
Colorado Christian University $36,600 $73,900
Regis University $51,400 $73,800
University of Hawaii at Manoa $41,000 $73,500
University of New Mexico (UNM) $40,500 $73,500
Montana State University - Bozeman $46,500 $73,200
Colorado State University (CSU), Pueblo $37,700 $72,700
Northern Arizona University (NAU) $39,300 $72,200
Idaho State University (ISU) $47,500 $72,100
Southern Oregon University $35,500 $71,800
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) $41,400 $71,400
Westminster College, Utah $42,400 $71,000
Linfield College $45,400 $70,600
Portland State University (PSU) $39,700 $70,200
University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) $51,400 $70,100
Grand Canyon University $40,100 $69,900
Lewis & Clark College $37,200 $69,700
Boise State University (BSU) $41,100 $69,200
University of Montana $37,800 $69,000
Metropolitan State College of Denver (MSCD) $42,100 $69,000
Fort Lewis College $39,700 $68,900
Hawaii Pacific University $43,700 $68,400
University of Alaska, Anchorage $48,200 $68,200
Colorado Technical University $43,300 $67,200
Carroll College, Montana $39,000 $66,100
Utah Valley University $40,800 $64,800
Evergreen State College $36,700 $64,500
Chaminade University $35,100 $64,400
Whitworth College $34,800 $63,800
Western State College of Colorado $39,700 $63,700
George Fox University $42,800 $63,600
Eastern Washington University $38,600 $63,100
Mesa State College $38,200 $61,300
Eastern New Mexico University $33,500 $61,200
Colorado Technical University Online $40,200 $55,900
Montana State University - Billings $32,600 $55,900
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 b See full methodology for more.
 
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