Best Colleges in Florida by Salary Potential

When you’re ready to get your bachelor’s degree, you should choose the best university. Part of that research is earning potential post-graduation. Find Florida’s best college by alumni salary before narrowing down your choices.

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All Alumni
RankSchool NameSchool TypeEarly Career Pay
Mid-Career Pay
% High Meaning
% STEM Degrees
Rank:1School Name:Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona BeachSchool Type:Private SchoolEarly Career Pay:$69,700Mid-Career Pay:$115,500% High Meaning:61%% STEM Degrees:41%
Rank:2School Name:Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico-MiamiSchool Type:Business, Private SchoolEarly Career Pay:$66,100Mid-Career Pay:$114,600% High Meaning:64%% STEM Degrees:36%
Rank:3School Name:University of FloridaSchool Type:Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$60,300Mid-Career Pay:$110,500% High Meaning:51%% STEM Degrees:29%
Rank:4School Name:Florida Institute of TechnologySchool Type:Private School, Research UniversityEarly Career Pay:$63,200Mid-Career Pay:$109,600% High Meaning:52%% STEM Degrees:45%
Rank:5School Name:University of MiamiSchool Type:Private School, Research University, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$61,500Mid-Career Pay:$106,500% High Meaning:46%% STEM Degrees:24%
Rank:6School Name:Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico-OrlandoSchool Type:Private SchoolEarly Career Pay:$61,100Mid-Career Pay:$103,300% High Meaning:63%% STEM Degrees:39%
Rank:7School Name:Lynn UniversitySchool Type:Private SchoolEarly Career Pay:$48,500Mid-Career Pay:$100,900% High Meaning:47%% STEM Degrees:2%
Rank:8School Name:Florida State UniversitySchool Type:Party School, Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$55,100Mid-Career Pay:$100,800% High Meaning:49%% STEM Degrees:18%
Rank:9School Name:The University of TampaSchool Type:Private SchoolEarly Career Pay:$53,200Mid-Career Pay:$99,600% High Meaning:47%% STEM Degrees:18%
Rank:10School Name:New College of FloridaSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$50,200Mid-Career Pay:$97,500% High Meaning:46%% STEM Degrees:0%
Rank:11School Name:University of South FloridaSchool Type:Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$54,000Mid-Career Pay:$97,300% High Meaning:49%% STEM Degrees:23%
Rank:12School Name:Stetson UniversitySchool Type:Private School, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$49,700Mid-Career Pay:$97,000% High Meaning:47%% STEM Degrees:9%
Rank:13School Name:Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-WorldwideSchool Type:Private SchoolEarly Career Pay:$62,400Mid-Career Pay:$96,400% High Meaning:66%% STEM Degrees:11%
Rank:14School Name:Florida Atlantic UniversitySchool Type:Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$53,500Mid-Career Pay:$96,300% High Meaning:50%% STEM Degrees:15%
Rank:15School Name:Florida International UniversitySchool Type:Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$53,200Mid-Career Pay:$96,100% High Meaning:51%% STEM Degrees:17%
Rank:16School Name:Eckerd CollegeSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$53,300Mid-Career Pay:$95,900% High Meaning:46%% STEM Degrees:32%
Rank:17School Name:University of Central FloridaSchool Type:Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$53,800Mid-Career Pay:$94,500% High Meaning:50%% STEM Degrees:18%
Rank:17School Name:University of North FloridaSchool Type:For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$52,300Mid-Career Pay:$94,500% High Meaning:50%% STEM Degrees:13%
Rank:19School Name:AdventHealth UniversitySchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$57,700Mid-Career Pay:$94,200% High Meaning:89%% STEM Degrees:5%
Rank:20School Name:Jacksonville UniversitySchool Type:Private School, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$54,900Mid-Career Pay:$93,400% High Meaning:65%% STEM Degrees:6%
Rank:21School Name:Rollins CollegeSchool Type:Private SchoolEarly Career Pay:$53,100Mid-Career Pay:$92,100% High Meaning:54%% STEM Degrees:9%
Rank:22School Name:Nova Southeastern UniversitySchool Type:Private School, Research UniversityEarly Career Pay:$52,900Mid-Career Pay:$90,600% High Meaning:60%% STEM Degrees:10%
Rank:23School Name:Barry UniversitySchool Type:Private School, Religious, Research UniversityEarly Career Pay:$51,400Mid-Career Pay:$88,500% High Meaning:67%% STEM Degrees:12%
Rank:24School Name:Florida Southern CollegeSchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$50,200Mid-Career Pay:$87,500% High Meaning:55%% STEM Degrees:17%
Rank:25School Name:Florida Gulf Coast UniversitySchool Type:For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$51,100Mid-Career Pay:$86,700% High Meaning:55%% STEM Degrees:11%

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College Student

There are a number of colleges in Florida that are included in Payscale’s College Salary Report.

Two private colleges often vie for the title of the Florida college with the highest-paid graduates. The Florida Institute of Technology and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), located in Daytona Beach. (Both FIT and Embry-Riddle see increases of around $5,000 in the median salary when we include gradates with advanced degrees.)

As Florida’s oldest college (founded in 1853), the University of Florida, in Gainesville, is not only a great place to get an education that will likely translate into a great career, but it is also a guaranteed good time. The University of Florida makes The Princeton Review’s list of the biggest Party Schools in America almost every year.

UF is also a sports powerhouse. Gators fans are notoriously passionate about their team, and the University of Florida Gators have won more than 33 national championships.

Famous alumni from the University of Florida include: TV personality Bob Vila and Steve Spurrier (Heisman Trophy winner).