Best Colleges in Texas by Salary Potential

If everything’s bigger in Texas, does that include salaries? Find out where schools land on this list of colleges ranked by graduate salary in Texas.

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Bachelor's Only
All Alumni
RankSchool NameSchool TypeEarly Career Pay
Mid-Career Pay
% High Meaning
% STEM Degrees
Rank:1School Name:Rice UniversitySchool Type:Private School, Research University, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$79,800Mid-Career Pay:$148,100% High Meaning:53%% STEM Degrees:45%
Rank:2School Name:Southern Methodist UniversitySchool Type:Private School, Religious, Research University, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$68,600Mid-Career Pay:$131,600% High Meaning:48%% STEM Degrees:25%
Rank:3School Name:The King's UniversitySchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$63,700Mid-Career Pay:$130,000% High Meaning:43%% STEM Degrees:0%
Rank:4School Name:Texas A & M University-College StationSchool Type:Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$66,100Mid-Career Pay:$129,900% High Meaning:54%% STEM Degrees:31%
Rank:5School Name:The University of Texas at AustinSchool Type:Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$67,900Mid-Career Pay:$127,300% High Meaning:51%% STEM Degrees:31%
Rank:6School Name:Trinity UniversitySchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$60,800Mid-Career Pay:$120,000% High Meaning:49%% STEM Degrees:25%
Rank:7School Name:University of DallasSchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$60,800Mid-Career Pay:$117,000% High Meaning:59%% STEM Degrees:16%
Rank:8School Name:Baylor UniversitySchool Type:Private School, Religious, Research University, Sober School, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$62,000Mid-Career Pay:$116,500% High Meaning:54%% STEM Degrees:15%
Rank:9School Name:University of HoustonSchool Type:Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$61,900Mid-Career Pay:$115,100% High Meaning:51%% STEM Degrees:24%
Rank:10School Name:Texas Tech UniversitySchool Type:Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$62,100Mid-Career Pay:$114,800% High Meaning:56%% STEM Degrees:23%
Rank:11School Name:Texas Christian UniversitySchool Type:Private School, Religious, Research University, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$61,700Mid-Career Pay:$112,700% High Meaning:54%% STEM Degrees:11%
Rank:12School Name:The University of Texas at DallasSchool Type:Research University, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$65,000Mid-Career Pay:$111,600% High Meaning:45%% STEM Degrees:45%
Rank:13School Name:Saint Edward's UniversitySchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$55,300Mid-Career Pay:$109,600% High Meaning:44%% STEM Degrees:14%
Rank:14School Name:St. Mary's UniversitySchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$59,500Mid-Career Pay:$108,400% High Meaning:66%% STEM Degrees:18%
Rank:15School Name:The University of Texas Medical Branch at GalvestonSchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$69,100Mid-Career Pay:$107,700% High Meaning:85%% STEM Degrees:2%
Rank:16School Name:Texas A & M University-KingsvilleSchool Type:Research University, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$58,700Mid-Career Pay:$107,600% High Meaning:65%% STEM Degrees:40%
Rank:17School Name:The University of Texas at ArlingtonSchool Type:Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$62,200Mid-Career Pay:$107,300% High Meaning:57%% STEM Degrees:19%
Rank:18School Name:University of Houston-Clear LakeSchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$55,600Mid-Career Pay:$105,500% High Meaning:50%% STEM Degrees:20%
Rank:19School Name:Lamar UniversitySchool Type:Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$59,100Mid-Career Pay:$105,300% High Meaning:58%% STEM Degrees:10%
Rank:20School Name:Southwestern UniversitySchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$58,100Mid-Career Pay:$105,000% High Meaning:55%% STEM Degrees:22%
Rank:20School Name:LeTourneau UniversitySchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$64,000Mid-Career Pay:$105,000% High Meaning:52%% STEM Degrees:22%
Rank:22School Name:Austin CollegeSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$60,700Mid-Career Pay:$103,900% High Meaning:56%% STEM Degrees:26%
Rank:23School Name:The University of Texas Health Science Center at HoustonSchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$75,300Mid-Career Pay:$103,100% High Meaning:84%% STEM Degrees:11%
Rank:23School Name:Abilene Christian UniversitySchool Type:Private School, Religious, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$56,200Mid-Career Pay:$103,100% High Meaning:56%% STEM Degrees:7%
Rank:25School Name:University of St Thomas (Texas)School Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$59,300Mid-Career Pay:$102,800% High Meaning:59%% STEM Degrees:8%

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Looking for the best colleges in Texas? Whether you’re looking for a school with school spirit and a great party scene, a sports-crazed fan base or a school with rigorous academic standards, you’ll find the right school for you in the Lone Star State. PayScale’s College Salary Report ranks Texas colleges by alumni salaries. This list includes salary data for alumni whose highest degree was a bachelor’s degree.

Believe it or not, among the best universities in Texas for median salary potential, is Rice University, a private not-for-profit school.

The University of Texas -Austin and Texas A and M University compete in football, but they also compete for high alumni salaries.

Many graduates from Texas Universities go on to work as Software or Mechanical Engineers, become Statisticians, or even go on to practice law.