Best Colleges in Ohio by Salary Potential

Thinking of getting your bachelor’s degree? Before your choose a school, do your research. What are the best Ohio universities by graduate salary?

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RankSchool NameSchool TypeEarly Career Pay
Mid-Career Pay
% High Meaning
% STEM Degrees
Rank:1School Name:Case Western Reserve UniversitySchool Type:Private School, Research UniversityEarly Career Pay:$68,100Mid-Career Pay:$124,100% High Meaning:48%% STEM Degrees:37%
Rank:2School Name:Kenyon CollegeSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolEarly Career Pay:$56,300Mid-Career Pay:$119,100% High Meaning:53%% STEM Degrees:17%
Rank:3School Name:Denison UniversitySchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolEarly Career Pay:$55,800Mid-Career Pay:$116,100% High Meaning:48%% STEM Degrees:22%
Rank:4School Name:Wittenberg UniversitySchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$53,000Mid-Career Pay:$114,500% High Meaning:66%% STEM Degrees:22%
Rank:5School Name:Miami University-OxfordSchool Type:Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$57,700Mid-Career Pay:$113,200% High Meaning:47%% STEM Degrees:22%
Rank:6School Name:Ohio Wesleyan UniversitySchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$51,100Mid-Career Pay:$111,200% High Meaning:49%% STEM Degrees:21%
Rank:7School Name:University of DaytonSchool Type:Private School, Religious, Research University, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$58,200Mid-Career Pay:$110,300% High Meaning:46%% STEM Degrees:33%
Rank:8School Name:John Carroll UniversitySchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$52,500Mid-Career Pay:$109,900% High Meaning:44%% STEM Degrees:16%
Rank:9School Name:Oberlin CollegeSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolEarly Career Pay:$54,600Mid-Career Pay:$107,000% High Meaning:52%% STEM Degrees:21%
Rank:10School Name:Ohio Northern UniversitySchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$55,100Mid-Career Pay:$105,800% High Meaning:51%% STEM Degrees:22%
Rank:11School Name:Marietta CollegeSchool Type:Private SchoolEarly Career Pay:$51,600Mid-Career Pay:$101,200% High Meaning:55%% STEM Degrees:45%
Rank:12School Name:Ohio State University-Main CampusSchool Type:Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$56,700Mid-Career Pay:$101,100% High Meaning:51%% STEM Degrees:27%
Rank:13School Name:University of Cincinnati-Main CampusSchool Type:Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$54,900Mid-Career Pay:$100,800% High Meaning:51%% STEM Degrees:19%
Rank:14School Name:Xavier UniversitySchool Type:Private School, Religious, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$53,400Mid-Career Pay:$100,000% High Meaning:48%% STEM Degrees:7%
Rank:15School Name:Ohio University-Main CampusSchool Type:Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$52,100Mid-Career Pay:$96,600% High Meaning:49%% STEM Degrees:9%
Rank:16School Name:The College of WoosterSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolEarly Career Pay:$51,600Mid-Career Pay:$96,500% High Meaning:60%% STEM Degrees:32%
Rank:17School Name:University of Cincinnati-Blue Ash CollegeSchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$49,400Mid-Career Pay:$95,500% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:10%
Rank:18School Name:University of Mount UnionSchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$49,200Mid-Career Pay:$95,100% High Meaning:45%% STEM Degrees:19%
Rank:19School Name:University of ToledoSchool Type:Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$53,200Mid-Career Pay:$94,600% High Meaning:53%% STEM Degrees:21%
Rank:20School Name:Cedarville UniversitySchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$53,900Mid-Career Pay:$92,800% High Meaning:57%% STEM Degrees:18%
Rank:21School Name:Mount Carmel College of NursingSchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$59,700Mid-Career Pay:$92,700% High Meaning:81%% STEM Degrees:0%
Rank:22School Name:Kettering CollegeSchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$58,100Mid-Career Pay:$91,800% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:0%
Rank:23School Name:Bowling Green State University-Main CampusSchool Type:Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$48,300Mid-Career Pay:$91,200% High Meaning:47%% STEM Degrees:11%
Rank:24School Name:Wright State University-Main CampusSchool Type:Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$52,000Mid-Career Pay:$89,700% High Meaning:51%% STEM Degrees:31%
Rank:25School Name:University of Akron Main CampusSchool Type:Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$52,300Mid-Career Pay:$89,500% High Meaning:49%% STEM Degrees:22%

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With one of the five largest state university systems, Ohio is well known for schools like Ohio State University, Bowling Green State University, Oberlin College, Kenyon College and University of Cincinnati. PayScale has salary information for graduates of these four-year colleges in the state so that you can find the best Ohio universities by alumni salary.

Some of the highest-paid college graduates (with a bachelor’s degree as their highest degree) in Ohio earn their degrees from Case Western Reserve University, a private research and engineering university. Oberlin College is one of the most well-known liberal arts schools in the United States. It has a rich and unique history, and was the first college to admit women and black students in the country. It also has a world-renowned music conservatory, in addition to its liberal arts and science course offerings. Lena Dunham, Jad Abumrad (NPR’s Radiolab), Jerry Greenfield of Ben and Jerry’s fame and Alex Blumberg of This American Life are all Oberlin alumni. (Interestingly, the median salary of Oberlin alumni decreases if you include those who go on to earn a graduate degree.)

Actor and filmmaker George Clooney graduated from the University of Cincinnati, a school known not only for its arts programs but also for its health and science programs. This doesn’t make it the Ohio school with the highest percentage of STEM degrees, however that designation belongs to Case Western. Ohio is home to lots of prominent liberal arts schools, including Wittenberg University, Kenyon College, Otterbein College and The College of Wooster. Ironically, some of the top industries in the state include aerospace and defense, bioscience and energy development.