Best Schools For Education Majors by Salary Potential

Do your research before picking a college to earn your bachelor’s degree in education. Check out the undergraduate education school rankings by salary.

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Rank 
School Name 
Early Career Pay
 
Median salary for alumni with 0-5 years experience
Mid-Career Pay
 
Median salary for alumni with 10+ years experience
1$53,400$81,500

1Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Early Career Pay$53,400
Mid-Career Pay$81,500
2$51,200$80,600

2Boston University
Early Career Pay$51,200
Mid-Career Pay$80,600
3$51,400$79,300

3Providence College
Early Career Pay$51,400
Mid-Career Pay$79,300
4$51,400$78,900

4San Francisco State University
Early Career Pay$51,400
Mid-Career Pay$78,900
5$48,100$75,600

5Wayland Baptist University
Early Career Pay$48,100
Mid-Career Pay$75,600
6$47,700$74,900

6James Madison University
Early Career Pay$47,700
Mid-Career Pay$74,900
7$47,500$74,500

7San Jose State University
Early Career Pay$47,500
Mid-Career Pay$74,500
8$46,500$74,300

8Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
Early Career Pay$46,500
Mid-Career Pay$74,300
9$46,900$73,900

9University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Early Career Pay$46,900
Mid-Career Pay$73,900
10$46,200$73,600

10San Diego State University
Early Career Pay$46,200
Mid-Career Pay$73,600
11$45,700$72,300

11California State University-Long Beach
Early Career Pay$45,700
Mid-Career Pay$72,300
12$45,600$71,800

12University of Colorado Boulder
Early Career Pay$45,600
Mid-Career Pay$71,800
13$45,300$71,600

13University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Early Career Pay$45,300
Mid-Career Pay$71,600
14$47,000$71,500

14The University of Texas at Austin
Early Career Pay$47,000
Mid-Career Pay$71,500
15$46,600$71,400

15George Mason University
Early Career Pay$46,600
Mid-Career Pay$71,400
15$46,200$71,400

15Ithaca College
Early Career Pay$46,200
Mid-Career Pay$71,400
15$45,700$71,400

15Syracuse University
Early Career Pay$45,700
Mid-Career Pay$71,400
18$47,500$71,200

18West Virginia University
Early Career Pay$47,500
Mid-Career Pay$71,200
18$46,400$71,200

18University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
Early Career Pay$46,400
Mid-Career Pay$71,200
20$46,600$71,100

20Texas Christian University
Early Career Pay$46,600
Mid-Career Pay$71,100
21$44,200$70,900

21Western Washington University
Early Career Pay$44,200
Mid-Career Pay$70,900
22$45,000$70,800

22University of North Texas
Early Career Pay$45,000
Mid-Career Pay$70,800
22$42,900$70,800

22Miami University-Oxford
Early Career Pay$42,900
Mid-Career Pay$70,800
22$45,900$70,800

22CUNY Queens College
Early Career Pay$45,900
Mid-Career Pay$70,800
22$45,200$70,800

22California State University-Sacramento
Early Career Pay$45,200
Mid-Career Pay$70,800
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Education is often regarded as one of the most rewarding professional fields, but – unfortunately – it certainly isn’t one of the highest paid. Soften the financial blow of pursuing your dream career in education by using the alumni salary data from the colleges and universities included in PayScale’s College Salary Report. Make a smart financial decision when you join the ranks of famous teachers like Aristotle, Albert Einstein, and Maryam Mirzakhani. Though your aspirations may be noble, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to saddle yourself with mountains of student loan debt if you are going into a field that typically doesn’t pay a high salary.


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