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:25School Name:Amberton UniversitySchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$62,600Mid-Career Pay:$102,800% High Meaning:57%% STEM Degrees:0%
Rank:25School Name:McMurry UniversitySchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$54,400Mid-Career Pay:$102,800% High Meaning:59%% STEM Degrees:10%
Rank:28School Name:The University of Texas at El PasoSchool Type:Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$54,100Mid-Career Pay:$102,200% High Meaning:64%% STEM Degrees:26%
Rank:28School Name:Prairie View A & M UniversitySchool Type:Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$64,000Mid-Career Pay:$102,200% High Meaning:65%% STEM Degrees:23%
Rank:30School Name:University of North TexasSchool Type:Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$55,600Mid-Career Pay:$101,300% High Meaning:48%% STEM Degrees:15%
Rank:31School Name:Texas Tech University Health Sciences CenterSchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$70,600Mid-Career Pay:$100,500% High Meaning:88%% STEM Degrees:2%
Rank:32School Name:Houston Baptist UniversitySchool Type:Private School, Religious, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$55,100Mid-Career Pay:$100,300% High Meaning:62%% STEM Degrees:6%
Rank:33School Name:The University of Texas Health Science Center at San AntonioSchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$65,300Mid-Career Pay:$100,100% High Meaning:87%% STEM Degrees:3%
Rank:34School Name:Sam Houston State UniversitySchool Type:Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$53,800Mid-Career Pay:$98,600% High Meaning:50%% STEM Degrees:5%
Rank:35School Name:Texas State UniversitySchool Type:Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$55,900Mid-Career Pay:$98,000% High Meaning:53%% STEM Degrees:12%
Rank:36School Name:The University of Texas at San AntonioSchool Type:Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$56,000Mid-Career Pay:$97,700% High Meaning:56%% STEM Degrees:23%
Rank:37School Name:University of Houston-DowntownSchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$55,900Mid-Career Pay:$97,600% High Meaning:51%% STEM Degrees:8%
Rank:38School Name:The University of Texas Permian BasinSchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$57,900Mid-Career Pay:$97,500% High Meaning:52%% STEM Degrees:15%
Rank:39School Name:Texas A & M University-CommerceSchool Type:Research University, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$50,800Mid-Career Pay:$97,100% High Meaning:52%% STEM Degrees:9%
Rank:40School Name:Stephen F Austin State UniversitySchool Type:For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$52,500Mid-Career Pay:$96,900% High Meaning:57%% STEM Degrees:7%
Rank:41School Name:Midwestern State UniversitySchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$56,200Mid-Career Pay:$95,100% High Meaning:63%% STEM Degrees:14%
Rank:42School Name:Dallas Baptist UniversitySchool Type:Private School, Religious, Research UniversityEarly Career Pay:$54,800Mid-Career Pay:$94,700% High Meaning:62%% STEM Degrees:10%
Rank:43School Name:West Texas A & M UniversitySchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$53,300Mid-Career Pay:$93,700% High Meaning:61%% STEM Degrees:8%
Rank:44School Name:Texas A & M University-Corpus ChristiSchool Type:Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$54,300Mid-Career Pay:$93,200% High Meaning:60%% STEM Degrees:16%
Rank:45School Name:Southwestern Adventist UniversitySchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$53,600Mid-Career Pay:$92,400% High Meaning:69%% STEM Degrees:11%
Rank:46School Name:Angelo State UniversitySchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$55,200Mid-Career Pay:$91,500% High Meaning:63%% STEM Degrees:10%
Rank:47School Name:University of Mary Hardin-BaylorSchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$55,500Mid-Career Pay:$91,300% High Meaning:67%% STEM Degrees:10%
Rank:48School Name:The University of Texas at TylerSchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$56,400Mid-Career Pay:$91,000% High Meaning:60%% STEM Degrees:13%
Rank:49School Name:University of Houston-VictoriaSchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$53,600Mid-Career Pay:$89,800% High Meaning:57%% STEM Degrees:10%
Rank:50School Name:Texas Wesleyan UniversitySchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$48,700Mid-Career Pay:$88,900% High Meaning:70%% STEM Degrees:4%

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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.