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COLLEGE SALARY REPORT
Public Schools by Salary Potential (Bachelor's Only) - Full List
Want a great education without the high costs of a private university? Learn more about the top public schools with the highest earning graduates.  [read more]
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Top 10 Public Schools With Highest Paid Bachelor's Only Graduates
Methodology
Annual pay for bachelor's degree graduates without higher degrees. Typical starting graduates have 0 to 5 years of experience; mid-career graduates have 10 years or more. See full methodology.
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Rank School Name School Type Early Career Salary Mid-Career Salary % High Meaning % STEM Degrees
1 United States Naval Academy (USNA) at Annapolis * State School, Engineering, Sober School, For Sports Fans, Liberal Arts $80,700 $130,000 59% 54%
2 United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point * State School, Sober School, For Sports Fans, Liberal Arts $75,100 $123,900 57% 39%
3 SUNY - Maritime College State School, Business $62,100 $121,700 N/A 46%
4 United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) * State School, Engineering, For Sports Fans, Liberal Arts $66,700 $118,400 62% 48%
5 Virginia Military Institute (VMI) * State School, For Sports Fans, Liberal Arts $59,200 $115,000 76% 38%
6 University of California - Berkeley State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $59,500 $114,200 52% 31%
7 Georgia Institute of Technology State School, Engineering, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $61,700 $111,700 49% 71%
8 Massachusetts Maritime Academy State School $55,200 $107,400 41% 36%
9 Colorado School of Mines State School, Engineering, Research Universities $67,900 $107,300 63% 97%
10 New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) State School, Engineering, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $53,400 $103,200 55% 73%
11 University of California - San Diego (UCSD) State School, Research Universities $50,600 $102,100 52% 38%
12 New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech) State School, Engineering $51,500 $100,500 67% 89%
13 California Polytechnic State University (CalPoly) - San Luis Obispo State School, For Sports Fans $56,200 $100,100 53% 31%
14 University of Virginia (UVA) - Main Campus State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $54,100 $99,300 51% 24%
15 University of California - Irvine (UCI) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $49,300 $99,100 50% 30%
16 Missouri University of Science and Technology (S&T) State School, Engineering $62,400 $98,100 53% 89%
17 University of California - Davis (UC Davis) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $50,800 $97,900 57% 34%
18 Texas A&M University - Main Campus State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $54,300 $97,700 54% 29%
19 Michigan Technological University State School, Engineering, Research Universities $61,600 $97,300 52% 76%
20 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) State School, Party School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $55,000 $97,100 52% 26%
21 University of California - Santa Barbara (UCSB) State School, Party School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $47,000 $96,900 50% 16%
22 University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Lowell Campus State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $51,200 $96,600 57% 26%
23 University of Texas (UT) - Austin State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $52,200 $96,100 50% 24%
24 University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $50,300 $95,900 49% 21%
25 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $53,800 $95,600 47% 32%
26 The College of William and Mary State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $44,600 $95,500 47% 15%
27 South Dakota School of Mines & Technology State School, Engineering $65,600 $94,800 57% 92%
28 San Jose State University (SJSU) State School, For Sports Fans $51,500 $94,700 54% 14%
29 Stony Brook University State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $49,800 $94,000 57% 25%
30 West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) State School, Engineering $53,800 $93,500 57% 57%
31 California State Polytechnic University - Pomona State School $50,500 $92,500 52% 29%
32 Rutgers University - New Brunswick Campus State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $51,000 $91,800 43% 23%
33 University of Washington (UW) - Main Campus State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $52,400 $91,700 58% 25%
34 Auburn University State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $47,100 $91,600 55% 20%
35 University of Maryland - College Park State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $52,700 $91,500 56% 22%
36 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $56,800 $91,400 52% 28%
37 Clemson University State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $51,400 $91,000 59% 23%
38 CUNY - College of Staten Island State School $47,700 $90,700 45% 12%
39 Purdue University - Main Campus State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $55,400 $90,600 52% 31%
40 George Mason University State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $50,500 $90,200 47% 10%
40 Rutgers University - Main Campus State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $50,800 $90,200 50% 15%
42 University of California - Riverside (UCR) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $45,600 $89,600 47% 22%
43 Montana Tech of The University of Montana State School, Engineering $68,400 $88,800 65% 72%
44 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $49,800 $88,400 56% 23%
44 California State University - Long Beach (CSULB) State School, For Sports Fans $43,600 $88,400 52% 11%
46 University of Wisconsin (UW) - Madison State School, Party School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $48,500 $88,000 60% 26%
46 North Carolina State University (NCSU) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $49,600 $88,000 52% 41%
48 Miami University - Oxford, OH State School, Party School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $49,700 $87,800 49% 14%
49 CUNY - Bernard M Baruch College State School, Business $49,700 $87,700 38% 4%
50 The Citadel - Military College of South Carolina * State School, For Sports Fans $54,200 $87,600 68% 19%
51 University of Alabama - Huntsville Campus State School, Research Universities $52,000 $87,500 56% 37%
52 University of Colorado - Boulder (UCB) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $47,900 $87,400 54% 21%
52 James Madison University (JMU) State School, For Sports Fans $49,400 $87,400 44% 9%
54 Fashion Institute of Technology - New York, NY State School $44,900 $87,300 25% 0%
55 Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) - Main Campus State School, Party School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $51,500 $87,100 49% 26%
55 SUNY - Binghamton University State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $47,200 $87,100 51% 22%
57 University of Texas - Medical Branch (UTMB) State School $58,600 $86,900 88% 0%
58 University of Delaware State School, Party School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $49,900 $86,600 51% 15%
59 Louisiana Tech University State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $49,200 $86,500 58% 23%
59 Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) State School $58,500 $86,500 57% 41%
59 University of Connecticut (UConn) - Main Campus State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $51,700 $86,500 48% 18%
62 CUNY - City College State School, Sober School $52,500 $86,300 60% 30%
63 Washington State University (WSU) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $46,800 $86,000 53% 14%
64 University of Illinois at Chicago State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $49,000 $85,900 53% 24%
65 University of Arizona State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $50,000 $85,700 59% 21%
66 University of Houston (UH) State School, Sober School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $51,600 $85,400 55% 17%
67 University of Florida (UF) State School, Party School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $48,800 $85,300 54% 20%
67 University of Michigan - Dearborn Campus State School $51,800 $85,300 33% 29%
67 Louisiana State University (LSU) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $48,100 $85,300 64% 19%
70 University of Pittsburgh - Main Campus State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $47,700 $85,200 56% 21%
70 Prairie View A & M University State School, For Sports Fans $53,800 $85,200 55% 23%
70 New Mexico State University - Main Campus State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $46,100 $85,200 60% 17%
73 University of Texas at Dallas State School, Research Universities $49,500 $85,000 48% 20%
74 California State University - Chico State School $47,300 $84,800 50% 15%
75 University of Utah State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $47,400 $84,700 64% 16%
75 University of New Hampshire (UNH) - Main Campus State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $45,500 $84,700 54% 16%
77 Iowa State University State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $49,300 $84,600 51% 26%
77 University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Amherst Campus State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $49,400 $84,600 49% 16%
77 San Diego State University (SDSU) - Main Campus State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $45,700 $84,600 56% 9%
80 University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $50,200 $84,500 54% 36%
81 University of Idaho State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $46,700 $84,400 61% 19%
81 University of Wyoming (UW) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $48,800 $84,400 65% 20%
83 Oregon State University (OSU) - Main Campus State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $46,500 $84,100 57% 25%
83 Texas Tech University State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $50,500 $84,100 58% 18%
83 California State University - Fullerton (CSUF) State School, For Sports Fans $42,600 $84,100 51% 6%
86 Arizona State University (ASU) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $47,700 $83,900 55% 12%
86 Oklahoma State University (OSU) - Main Campus State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $47,100 $83,900 55% 18%
88 San Francisco State University (SFSU) State School $47,100 $83,700 56% 8%
89 Southern Polytechnic State University State School, Engineering $51,000 $83,600 55% 63%
90 SUNY - Albany State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $46,000 $83,500 49% 10%
91 University of Cincinnati (UC) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $47,500 $83,300 57% 17%
92 University of California - Santa Cruz (UCSC) State School, Research Universities $46,200 $83,000 44% 20%
92 University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Dartmouth Campus State School $44,600 $83,000 51% 15%
94 Michigan State University (MSU) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $47,800 $82,800 51% 20%
95 University at Buffalo (UB) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $47,800 $82,700 53% 24%
96 Purdue University - Calumet Campus State School $43,500 $82,600 65% 21%
96 Tennessee Technological University (TTU) State School, For Sports Fans $51,100 $82,600 53% 25%
98 Montana State University - Main Campus State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $48,900 $82,500 58% 30%
98 Rutgers University - Camden Campus State School, For Sports Fans $44,400 $82,500 51% 9%
98 University of Missouri - Columbia State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $44,600 $82,500 51% 16%
101 University of Maryland University College (UMUC) State School $48,800 $82,200 58% 21%
101 University of Oklahoma State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $49,700 $82,200 55% 20%
101 California State University - Fresno (Fresno State) State School, For Sports Fans $42,200 $82,200 61% 9%
104 University of Iowa (UI) State School, Party School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $44,700 $82,100 55% 12%
105 Indiana University (IU) - Bloomington State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $45,100 $81,900 51% 9%
106 University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $45,600 $81,800 63% 17%
106 California State University - Sacramento (CSUS) State School, For Sports Fans $46,500 $81,800 57% 10%
108 University of Rhode Island (URI) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $47,100 $81,600 50% 16%
109 University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $51,000 $81,500 57% 16%
109 University of Georgia (UGA) State School, Party School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $45,900 $81,500 55% 11%
111 Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) - Erie-Behrend College State School $50,800 $81,400 48% 39%
111 University of Kansas State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $43,800 $81,400 55% 13%
113 Utah State University - Main Campus State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $47,300 $81,200 63% 13%
113 University of Alaska - Fairbanks Campus State School, Research Universities $48,500 $81,200 52% 26%
115 Northern Illinois University (NIU) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $46,500 $80,900 48% 12%
115 University of Arkansas - Main Campus State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $45,400 $80,900 53% 20%
115 The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) State School $50,300 $80,900 40% 18%
115 University of Wisconsin (UW) - Platteville Campus State School $52,100 $80,900 54% 42%
119 Montclair State University State School $42,600 $80,500 45% 11%
120 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $46,100 $80,400 53% 15%
120 Thomas Edison State College State School $51,400 $80,400 60% 0%
122 Ohio State University (OSU) - Main Campus State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $48,000 $80,300 52% 17%
122 University of Vermont (UVM) State School, Party School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $44,800 $80,300 51% 14%
124 University of Mary Washington State School $44,100 $80,200 51% 12%
125 Western Michigan University (WMU) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $43,400 $80,100 55% 11%
125 Lamar University State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $50,500 $80,100 60% 15%
125 West Chester University State School $42,200 $80,100 58% 7%
128 California State University - East Bay (CSUEB) State School $46,000 $79,900 55% 8%
129 University of Nebraska - Lincoln State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $43,400 $79,800 58% 22%
129 SUNY - Institute of Technology (SUNYIT) State School $50,100 $79,800 50% 39%
131 Oakland University - Rochester Hills, MI State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $45,400 $79,700 52% 12%
131 California State University - San Bernardino (CSUSB) State School $43,300 $79,700 57% 8%
131 The University of Texas (UT) - Health Science Center at San Antonio State School $53,900 $79,700 82% 0%
134 CUNY - Hunter College State School $43,800 $79,600 61% 6%
134 Southern University and A&M College State School, For Sports Fans $42,000 $79,600 76% 17%
136 Kansas State University (KSU) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $48,000 $79,500 56% 22%
136 Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) State School $66,800 $79,500 72% 0%
138 California State University - Northridge (CSUN) State School, For Sports Fans $43,700 $79,400 53% 9%
138 Idaho State University (ISU) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $45,200 $79,400 67% 15%
138 University of Nevada - Reno (UNR) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $45,700 $79,400 56% 20%
138 Mississippi State University (MSU) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $46,800 $79,400 62% 21%
142 Wayne State University - Detroit, MI State School, Research Universities $43,700 $79,200 59% 19%
142 Colorado State University (CSU) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $46,000 $79,200 58% 23%
142 University of Louisiana (UL) at Lafayette State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $43,700 $79,200 58% 13%
145 University of Tennessee State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $44,900 $79,000 59% 15%
146 Western Washington University State School $45,100 $78,800 52% 12%
147 Rowan University State School $43,500 $78,700 41% 15%
148 West Virginia University (WVU) - Main Campus State School, Party School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $46,300 $78,600 56% 18%
149 Temple University State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $44,700 $78,500 55% 10%
149 Southwestern Oklahoma State University State School $41,100 $78,500 66% 10%
151 University of Louisiana - Monroe Campus State School, For Sports Fans $41,600 $78,200 57% 13%
151 Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania State School $42,900 $78,200 57% 9%
153 Illinois State University State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $43,800 $78,100 50% 11%
154 SUNY - Geneseo State School $40,300 $78,000 51% 16%
155 CUNY - Brooklyn College State School, Sober School $43,400 $77,800 47% 10%
155 The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey State School $39,300 $77,800 40% 17%
157 University of Pittsburgh - Johnstown Campus State School $44,800 $77,700 52% 24%
158 University of Colorado - Denver Campus State School, Research Universities $46,100 $77,500 59% 15%
159 Central Washington University (CWU) State School $45,000 $77,300 50% 9%
159 California State University - Los Angeles (CSULA) State School $43,600 $77,300 58% 11%
161 University of New Mexico (UNM) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $43,100 $77,200 65% 16%
161 Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) - Harrisburg Campus State School $52,300 $77,200 48% 28%
163 Ohio University - Main Campus State School, Party School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $43,600 $77,000 54% 12%
164 Farmingdale State College State School $44,100 $76,900 40% 34%
164 University of Wisconsin (UWEC) - Eau Claire State School $43,500 $76,900 53% 12%
166 Ferris State University State School $46,500 $76,800 48% 20%
167 University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $44,200 $76,700 57% 15%
167 Towson University State School, For Sports Fans $44,300 $76,700 53% 9%
167 SUNY - Purchase College State School $41,600 $76,700 40% 5%
170 University of Alaska - Anchorage Campus State School $52,100 $76,600 60% 12%
170 Florida State University (FSU) State School, Party School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $42,700 $76,600 55% 11%
170 University of Nebraska at Omaha State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $44,200 $76,600 59% 11%
170 South Dakota State University (SDSU) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $45,800 $76,600 51% 20%
170 Ramapo College of New Jersey State School $40,800 $76,600 51% 9%
170 University of Alabama - Main Campus State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $43,600 $76,600 57% 12%
176 Old Dominion University State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $42,200 $76,400 61% 10%
176 University of Maine at Orono State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $45,100 $76,400 54% 23%
178 Sonoma State University State School $46,400 $76,200 56% 6%
179 Northeastern Illinois University State School $42,700 $76,100 47% 10%
180 North Carolina A&T State University State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $48,300 $75,900 66% 21%
181 University of Toledo State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $45,500 $75,800 56% 21%
182 Cleveland State University State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $45,800 $75,600 50% 11%
182 University of Minnesota - Duluth Campus State School $43,800 $75,600 58% 20%
184 University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Boston Campus State School, Research Universities $48,700 $75,400 56% 11%
184 Western Connecticut State University State School $43,300 $75,400 43% 6%
184 North Dakota State University (NDSU) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $48,100 $75,400 56% 25%
184 California State University - Bakersfield (CSUB) State School, For Sports Fans $44,100 $75,400 62% 7%
188 Utah Valley University State School, For Sports Fans $44,500 $75,300 58% 11%
189 University of Colorado at Colorado Springs State School $46,000 $75,200 58% 16%
189 Humboldt State University State School $41,000 $75,200 61% 15%
189 Texas Tech University - Health Sciences Center State School $57,600 $75,200 N/A 0%
192 East Stroudsburg University (ESU) State School $40,500 $75,100 44% 11%
192 Western State College of Colorado State School, Liberal Arts $42,800 $75,100 56% 11%
194 Central Connecticut State University State School, For Sports Fans $42,800 $75,000 43% 15%
194 University of South Carolina - Main Campus State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $43,100 $75,000 54% 14%
196 University of Oregon State School, Party School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $42,900 $74,900 51% 10%
196 University of North Dakota State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $47,500 $74,900 67% 16%
198 Saint Cloud State University State School $44,700 $74,800 51% 10%
199 Western Illinois University State School, For Sports Fans $42,000 $74,400 49% 7%
200 CUNY - Queens College State School, Sober School $42,300 $74,100 45% 6%
200 Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $42,900 $74,100 55% 14%
202 Indiana University-Purdue University - Fort Wayne (IPFW) State School, For Sports Fans $40,900 $74,000 53% 14%
203 Weber State University State School, For Sports Fans $49,800 $73,900 63% 13%
203 Pennsylvania College of Technology State School $48,700 $73,900 46% 47%
205 University of Central Florida (UCF) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $42,600 $73,800 53% 12%
205 University of North Texas (UNT) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $41,400 $73,800 50% 7%
207 University of South Florida - Main Campus State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $43,100 $73,600 56% 19%
207 University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $43,500 $73,600 52% 19%
207 Bridgewater State College State School $39,100 $73,600 63% 6%
207 California State University - Stanislaus State School $43,000 $73,600 52% 8%
211 Florida International University (FIU) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $43,000 $73,500 50% 13%
211 University of Wisconsin (UWM) - Milwaukee State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $43,800 $73,500 59% 11%
213 Troy University State School, For Sports Fans $39,500 $73,200 60% 9%
213 William Paterson University State School $41,500 $73,200 36% 6%
213 Worcester State University State School $43,000 $73,200 50% 14%
213 Clarion University of Pennsylvania State School $36,400 $73,200 48% 11%
213 Eastern New Mexico University - Main Campus State School $38,400 $73,200 63% 7%
218 Metropolitan State College of Denver (MSCD) State School $41,600 $73,100 48% 11%
218 Metropolitan State University State School $45,600 $73,100 58% 6%
218 New Jersey City University State School $46,000 $73,100 47% 9%
218 University of Baltimore State School $48,700 $73,100 58% 10%
222 Southern Illinois University (SIU) - Carbondale Campus State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $45,600 $73,000 59% 15%
222 Columbus State University State School $35,200 $73,000 60% 8%
222 Eastern Connecticut State University State School $41,000 $73,000 42% 9%
225 Georgia State University State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $44,200 $72,900 48% 10%
225 Bowling Green State University - Bowling Green, OH State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $41,600 $72,900 51% 8%
227 Texas State University - San Marcos Campus State School, For Sports Fans $43,700 $72,800 50% 7%
227 Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi Campus State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $45,000 $72,800 63% 14%
229 University of Memphis (U of M) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $43,600 $72,700 58% 8%
229 University of Hawaii at Manoa State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $43,600 $72,700 57% 14%
229 Salisbury University State School $46,300 $72,700 42% 10%
232 Framingham State University State School $41,900 $72,600 46% 8%
233 University of Akron - Main Campus State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $45,500 $72,500 54% 17%
233 University of Houston Downtown (UHD) State School $47,000 $72,500 45% 6%
233 University of Kentucky (UK) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $45,800 $72,500 55% 16%
233 Truman State University State School $39,900 $72,500 44% 17%
237 Minnesota State University - Mankato Campus State School $46,500 $72,400 56% 13%
237 Millersville University of Pennsylvania State School $40,600 $72,400 49% 20%
237 West Texas A & M University State School $44,100 $72,400 58% 10%
240 Kean University State School $40,100 $72,200 55% 8%
240 Sam Houston State University State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $42,400 $72,200 54% 6%
242 Wright State University - Main Campus State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $45,400 $72,100 51% 15%
242 University of Nevada - Las Vegas (UNLV) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $43,900 $72,100 50% 8%
242 University of Mississippi State School, Party School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $41,000 $72,100 66% 9%
245 Indiana University-Purdue University - Indianapolis (IUPUI) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $43,600 $72,000 54% 12%
245 University of Alabama - Birmingham Campus State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $41,200 $72,000 63% 15%
245 SUNY - College at Oneonta State School $42,200 $72,000 42% 9%
248 Youngstown State University (YSU) State School, For Sports Fans $39,400 $71,900 59% 17%
249 University of Wisconsin (UW) - La Crosse Campus State School $42,400 $71,800 56% 17%
250 Eastern Washington University State School, For Sports Fans $44,000 $71,700 59% 11%
250 Cameron University - Lawton, OK State School $41,000 $71,700 60% 6%
250 University of Wisconsin (UW) - Stout Campus State School $45,900 $71,700 51% 10%
253 Northwest Missouri State University State School $39,800 $71,600 39% 8%
254 University of South Alabama State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $47,000 $71,400 63% 16%
254 California State University - San Marcos (CSUSM) State School $43,600 $71,400 39% 6%
256 University of North Florida (UNF) State School, For Sports Fans $43,200 $71,300 48% 13%
257 Northern Arizona University (NAU) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $42,800 $71,100 59% 11%
257 Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) State School, Research Universities $40,000 $71,100 53% 7%
257 South Carolina State University State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $42,700 $71,100 73% 25%
260 Florida Agricultural and Mechanical (A&M) University (FAMU) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $43,600 $71,000 57% 13%
260 Eastern Illinois University State School, For Sports Fans $39,300 $71,000 55% 6%
262 Georgia Southern University State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $42,700 $70,900 54% 14%
263 Southern Illinois University (SIU) - Edwardsville Campus State School, For Sports Fans $44,800 $70,800 53% 18%
263 University of Wisconsin (UWW) - Whitewater State School $41,700 $70,800 44% 8%
265 Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) State School $39,400 $70,700 44% 11%
265 California State University - Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) State School $42,200 $70,700 60% 3%
267 University of Louisville State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $43,200 $70,600 49% 16%
267 Texas Southern University State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $40,300 $70,600 68% 16%
269 Augusta State University State School $36,800 $70,500 64% 11%
270 Portland State University (PSU) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $43,700 $70,400 53% 11%
271 CUNY - John Jay College Criminal Justice State School $39,300 $70,300 52% 0%
271 Murray State University State School, For Sports Fans $36,900 $70,300 59% 16%
271 Texas A&M University - Kingsville Campus State School, Research Universities $54,300 $70,300 64% 19%
274 Eastern Michigan University State School, For Sports Fans $41,600 $70,000 52% 8%
274 Rhode Island College State School $40,300 $70,000 51% 3%
276 University of Missouri - St. Louis Campus State School, Research Universities $42,400 $69,900 53% 10%
276 Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) State School, For Sports Fans $40,900 $69,900 60% 6%
276 University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) State School, For Sports Fans $41,100 $69,900 61% 13%
279 Slippery Rock University State School $39,500 $69,800 61% 10%
280 University of Montana State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $38,600 $69,700 58% 9%
280 Massachusetts College of Art and Design State School, Art / Design $41,300 $69,700 30% 0%
282 SUNY - College at Plattsburgh State School $37,500 $69,600 60% 8%
283 Midwestern State University (MSU) State School $42,000 $69,500 71% 8%
284 Southern Oregon University State School $40,500 $69,400 54% 12%
284 Texas Woman's University State School, Research Universities $44,000 $69,400 73% 5%
284 Winthrop University State School, For Sports Fans $39,600 $69,400 49% 11%
287 Kennesaw State University State School, For Sports Fans $40,900 $69,300 50% 11%
287 Colorado State University (CSU) - Pueblo Campus State School $44,300 $69,300 58% 17%
289 Salem State University State School $39,600 $69,200 57% 4%
290 Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) State School $37,300 $69,100 71% 6%
291 Medical College of Georgia State School $53,100 $69,000 88% 0%
292 Fitchburg State College State School $42,000 $68,900 55% 12%
293 Wichita State University State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $42,300 $68,800 61% 13%
293 University of New Orleans (UNO) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $44,300 $68,800 55% 13%
293 University of South Dakota State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $42,600 $68,800 60% 8%
293 University of Wisconsin (UW) - River Falls Campus State School $38,400 $68,800 51% 14%
297 Florida Atlantic University (FAU) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $44,400 $68,600 56% 12%
297 University of Southern Mississippi (USM) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $39,600 $68,600 58% 13%
297 Georgia Southwestern State University State School $39,400 $68,600 54% 7%
300 University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $42,700 $68,500 58% 18%
300 SUNY - College at Oswego State School $36,700 $68,500 40% 10%
302 Southern Utah University State School, For Sports Fans $41,200 $68,400 60% 14%
302 McNeese State University State School, For Sports Fans $46,400 $68,400 67% 11%
302 Angelo State University State School $44,700 $68,400 58% 7%
305 SUNY - Empire State College State School $44,000 $68,300 53% 0%
305 Boise State University (BSU) State School, For Sports Fans $44,700 $68,300 58% 11%
307 Jacksonville State University (JSU) State School, For Sports Fans $38,500 $68,200 62% 10%
308 Eastern Kentucky University State School, For Sports Fans $39,800 $68,100 66% 7%
308 University of Central Missouri State School $39,700 $68,100 58% 14%
308 Christopher Newport University State School $44,300 $68,100 50% 19%
311 Lake Superior State University - Sault Ste Marie, MI State School $40,900 $68,000 47% 19%
312 Central Michigan University State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $41,400 $67,700 55% 9%
312 Ball State University (BSU) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $39,500 $67,700 49% 7%
312 Indiana State University State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $41,300 $67,700 59% 12%
315 CUNY - Lehman College State School $40,700 $67,600 59% 7%
316 Nicholls State University State School, For Sports Fans $38,900 $67,400 56% 9%
316 Plymouth State University State School $40,400 $67,400 57% 8%
316 Armstrong Atlantic State University (AASU) State School $41,100 $67,400 64% 12%
319 University of West Florida (UWF) State School, Research Universities $38,700 $67,100 60% 13%
319 SUNY - New Paltz State School $39,200 $67,100 47% 7%
321 University of North Alabama (UNA) State School $36,900 $67,000 61% 6%
321 Pittsburg State University State School $37,900 $67,000 56% 20%
323 East Tennessee State University (ETSU) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $43,100 $66,800 56% 15%
324 University of Northern Colorado State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $39,800 $66,700 59% 6%
324 Northern State University State School $37,300 $66,700 68% 7%
326 Washburn University State School $41,300 $66,600 64% 7%
326 Texas A&M University - Commerce Campus State School, Research Universities $35,500 $66,600 61% 7%
328 Kent State University (KSU) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $39,500 $66,500 49% 9%
328 University of Southern Maine (USM) State School $43,200 $66,500 59% 8%
328 Athens State University State School $37,700 $66,500 54% 10%
331 University of Northern Iowa State School, For Sports Fans $41,700 $66,400 54% 11%
332 Austin Peay State University State School, For Sports Fans $39,200 $66,300 67% 12%
332 Keene State College State School $39,600 $66,300 53% 13%
334 Governors State University State School $37,800 $66,200 45% 6%
335 Kutztown University of Pennsylvania State School $38,900 $66,100 47% 6%
335 University of Wisconsin (UW) - Stevens Point Campus State School $39,200 $66,100 61% 12%
337 Arkansas State University (ASU) State School, For Sports Fans $40,300 $66,000 52% 11%
338 Northern Kentucky University (NKU) State School, For Sports Fans $43,800 $65,800 46% 9%
338 College of Charleston State School, For Sports Fans $39,100 $65,800 54% 15%
340 University of Southern Indiana State School $41,300 $65,700 56% 7%
341 Marshall University State School, For Sports Fans $37,200 $65,600 48% 11%
342 Winona State University State School $41,500 $65,500 56% 12%
343 University of Wisconsin (UWP) - Parkside State School, Liberal Arts $38,400 $65,400 52% 11%
344 Missouri State University (MSU) State School, For Sports Fans $38,800 $65,300 50% 6%
345 University of Texas - Pan American (UTPA) State School, For Sports Fans $43,200 $65,200 55% 13%
345 Minnesota State University - Moorhead Campus State School $39,100 $65,200 58% 8%
345 Indiana University (IU) - New Albany State School $38,400 $65,200 35% 8%
348 Shepherd University State School $42,700 $65,100 57% 8%
349 Central State University State School $35,200 $64,900 N/A 11%
349 Radford University State School, For Sports Fans $42,500 $64,900 50% 9%
351 Frostburg State University State School $39,800 $64,700 51% 9%
352 University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) State School $39,000 $64,500 55% 9%
352 Valdosta State University (VSU) State School $37,200 $64,500 54% 7%
354 Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) State School $43,200 $64,400 64% 6%
354 Emporia State University State School $35,200 $64,400 58% 12%
356 Longwood University State School, For Sports Fans $39,800 $64,300 63% 7%
357 University of Central Arkansas State School, For Sports Fans $38,700 $64,200 57% 7%
358 Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $41,000 $64,000 53% 9%
358 East Carolina University (ECU) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $41,200 $64,000 59% 13%
358 Virginia State University (VSU) State School $37,300 $64,000 53% 13%
361 University of Wisconsin (UW) - Oshkosh Campus State School $42,900 $63,700 56% 8%
361 SUNY - College at Potsdam State School $36,500 $63,700 55% 12%
363 Arkansas Tech University State School $38,500 $63,600 58% 13%
363 Langston University State School $41,000 $63,600 58% 6%
365 North Carolina Central University State School, For Sports Fans $34,700 $63,400 63% 10%
366 Western Kentucky University State School, For Sports Fans $40,300 $63,300 55% 14%
366 Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania State School $41,100 $63,300 56% 11%
368 Georgia College & State University (GCSU) State School $41,200 $63,200 53% 7%
369 University of Nebraska at Kearney State School $35,500 $63,100 59% 8%
370 University of Texas at Tyler State School $48,000 $63,000 59% 12%
371 Southeast Missouri State University State School, For Sports Fans $38,200 $62,900 56% 12%
372 Tennessee State University State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $47,900 $62,700 69% 13%
372 Western Carolina University State School, For Sports Fans $41,200 $62,700 62% 14%
372 SUNY - College at Brockport State School $38,000 $62,700 67% 8%
375 Alabama A&M University (AAMU) State School, For Sports Fans $44,400 $62,600 51% 29%
376 Alabama State University (ASU) State School, For Sports Fans $36,500 $62,500 57% 20%
377 California University of Pennsylvania (Cal U) State School $40,400 $62,400 51% 15%
378 Appalachian State University State School, For Sports Fans $40,000 $62,300 52% 7%
378 Mansfield University of Pennsylvania State School $35,400 $62,300 57% 11%
378 West Liberty University State School $36,500 $62,300 57% 6%
381 University of West Georgia State School $40,000 $62,200 57% 10%
382 University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $38,500 $61,700 57% 7%
382 Coastal Carolina University State School, For Sports Fans $38,900 $61,700 54% 13%
382 Henderson State University State School $36,000 $61,700 78% 7%
385 Missouri Western State University State School $36,100 $61,600 50% 12%
385 University of Illinois at Springfield State School $37,600 $61,600 54% 16%
385 Fort Lewis College State School, Liberal Arts $40,700 $61,600 60% 12%
388 Fort Hays State University (FHSU) State School, Business $39,000 $61,500 69% 4%
388 Delaware State University State School, For Sports Fans $39,500 $61,500 65% 5%
390 Morehead State University (Kentucky) State School, For Sports Fans $33,000 $61,300 67% 10%
391 West Virginia State University State School, Liberal Arts $31,300 $61,200 N/A 5%
391 Lock Haven University State School $35,400 $61,200 71% 7%
393 Bemidji State University (BSU) State School $39,900 $61,100 51% 16%
393 Evergreen State College State School $39,300 $61,100 57% 0%
395 Northwestern State University State School, For Sports Fans $40,200 $60,800 59% 11%
395 University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) State School, For Sports Fans $41,300 $60,800 51% 10%
395 Edinboro University of Pennsylvania State School $35,100 $60,800 63% 6%
395 Westfield State University State School $42,500 $60,800 42% 6%
399 Lander University State School $35,500 $60,700 65% 9%
400 SUNY - College at Cortland State School $38,100 $60,500 64% 5%
401 Auburn University - Montgomery State School $41,100 $60,300 56% 13%
401 University of South Carolina - Upstate Campus State School, For Sports Fans $39,200 $60,300 59% 9%
401 North Georgia College and State University State School $40,900 $60,300 56% 11%
404 Montana State University - Billings Campus State School $38,400 $59,800 55% 4%
405 Winston-Salem State University State School $43,300 $59,700 70% 7%
406 University of North Carolina at Asheville (UNCA) State School, For Sports Fans, Liberal Arts $35,300 $59,600 64% 18%
407 SUNY - Fredonia State School $36,800 $59,400 49% 6%
408 Grand Valley State University State School $40,600 $59,300 51% 9%
409 Southeastern Oklahoma State University State School $45,200 $59,200 53% 18%
409 Grambling State University State School, For Sports Fans $41,100 $59,200 60% 17%
411 Delta State University State School $37,800 $59,000 55% 6%
412 Northeastern State University State School $40,000 $58,700 65% 7%
413 Minot State University State School $45,300 $58,400 64% 5%
414 Tarleton State University (TSU) State School $42,600 $58,300 64% 11%
414 Morgan State University State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $41,500 $58,300 61% 22%
416 University of Wisconsin (UW) - Green Bay Campus State School, For Sports Fans $34,400 $58,200 59% 16%
417 Bowie State University (BSU) State School, Research Universities $41,300 $58,000 64% 7%
418 Southeastern Louisiana University State School, For Sports Fans $40,700 $57,900 49% 7%
418 University of Arkansas - Pine Bluff Campus State School, For Sports Fans $35,000 $57,900 63% 13%
420 SUNY - College at Buffalo State School $39,800 $57,600 46% 8%
420 Francis Marion University State School $31,500 $57,600 50% 23%
422 The University of Tennessee at Martin (UT Martin) State School, For Sports Fans $38,400 $57,500 60% 13%
423 University of Michigan - Flint Campus State School $40,800 $57,400 41% 12%
424 Northern Michigan University State School $44,100 $57,300 48% 14%
425 Jackson State University (JSU) State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $39,900 $57,200 64% 19%
426 Clayton State University State School $41,000 $57,000 56% 8%
427 Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) State School $36,300 $56,300 64% 9%
428 University of Arkansas - Little Rock Campus State School, For Sports Fans, Research Universities $39,900 $56,200 59% 18%
429 Coppin State University (CSU) State School, For Sports Fans $44,200 $55,300 N/A 2%
429 Western Oregon University State School $38,400 $55,300 59% 10%
431 Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) State School, Liberal Arts $34,800 $55,100 55% 9%
432 Chicago State University (CSU) State School, For Sports Fans $38,900 $55,000 52% 7%
433 Norfolk State University State School, For Sports Fans $40,400 $52,800 67% 17%
434 Fayetteville State University State School $33,700 $52,500 59% 8%
434 Wayne State College - Wayne, NE State School $35,500 $52,500 56% 13%
436 Concord University State School $32,200 $51,800 55% 11%
436 University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) State School $33,000 $51,800 66% 6%
438 Savannah State University (SSU) State School, For Sports Fans, Liberal Arts $36,200 $51,300 65% 33%
439 Fairmont State University State School $39,200 $51,200 66% 15%
440 University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP) State School $41,800 $50,600 76% 15%
441 Miami Dade College (MDC) State School $45,200 $50,100 58% 0%
442 Indiana University (IU) - South Bend State School $37,300 $49,500 73% 7%
443 Mississippi University for Women State School $40,300 $49,300 63% 7%
444 University of Maine at Farmington (UMF) State School $45,200 $49,100 N/A 6%
445 University of Montevallo State School $32,500 $46,700 50% 7%

When students are looking for a college education that won't break the bank, they often think first of public universities. PayScale has ranked the public colleges with the highest-earning graduates on the list above so that you can do some research and discover the top public colleges with the highest-paid alumni.

Military schools top the list for schools with the highest-earning grads in the civilian workforce. The United States Naval Academy (USMA) at Annapolis and United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point come in first and second for both early career salaries ($80,700 and $75,100, respectively) and mid-career salaries ($130,000 and $123,900, respectively). If military grads need another thing to be proud of, they should definitely take pride in their earning potential.

Montana Tech at The University of Montana comes in third place overall for median early career salary ($68,400), placing it high above more well-known public colleges like University of California, Berkeley (ranked 12th for early career salary) and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. When you judge by mid-career salaries, you see more familiar names. UC Berkeley comes in sixth and the Georgia Institute of Technology comes in seventh overall.

Public schools that graduate a large percentage of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) majors tend to have alumni with high earning potential, especially for early career salaries, because graduates with those skills are immediately in high demand in our current economy. Schools like the Colorado School of Mines (97 percent STEM degrees) and the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (92 percent STEM degrees) have the highest percentage of STEM graduates and they both have median early career alumni salaries over $65,000.

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