Best Colleges in Alabama by Salary Potential

Before you set out to get your bachelor’s degree, find out what you can earn. These Alabama schools are the best four-year colleges by earning potential.

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RankSchool NameSchool TypeEarly Career Pay
Mid-Career Pay
% High Meaning
% STEM Degrees
Rank:1School Name:Auburn UniversitySchool Type:Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$54,400Mid-Career Pay:$104,500% High Meaning:51%% STEM Degrees:31%
Rank:2School Name:University of Alabama in HuntsvilleSchool Type:Research University, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$57,500Mid-Career Pay:$103,900% High Meaning:59%% STEM Degrees:45%
Rank:3School Name:The University of AlabamaSchool Type:Party School, Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$52,300Mid-Career Pay:$97,400% High Meaning:50%% STEM Degrees:15%
Rank:4School Name:Tuskegee UniversitySchool Type:Private SchoolEarly Career Pay:$54,500Mid-Career Pay:$93,500% High Meaning:61%% STEM Degrees:30%
Rank:5School Name:Samford UniversitySchool Type:Private School, Religious, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$48,400Mid-Career Pay:$90,500% High Meaning:52%% STEM Degrees:3%
Rank:6School Name:Spring Hill CollegeSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$46,600Mid-Career Pay:$89,100% High Meaning:53%% STEM Degrees:12%
Rank:7School Name:Birmingham Southern CollegeSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$49,100Mid-Career Pay:$88,300% High Meaning:48%% STEM Degrees:27%
Rank:8School Name:University of Alabama at BirminghamSchool Type:Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$48,600Mid-Career Pay:$87,200% High Meaning:57%% STEM Degrees:17%
Rank:9School Name:University of South AlabamaSchool Type:Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$47,700Mid-Career Pay:$86,400% High Meaning:56%% STEM Degrees:17%
Rank:10School Name:Alabama A & M UniversitySchool Type:For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$48,700Mid-Career Pay:$83,500% High Meaning:58%% STEM Degrees:20%
Rank:11School Name:Troy UniversitySchool Type:For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$44,500Mid-Career Pay:$81,500% High Meaning:60%% STEM Degrees:8%
Rank:12School Name:Jacksonville State UniversitySchool Type:For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$43,800Mid-Career Pay:$80,000% High Meaning:61%% STEM Degrees:7%
Rank:13School Name:Auburn University at MontgomerySchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$45,000Mid-Career Pay:$79,600% High Meaning:61%% STEM Degrees:12%
Rank:14School Name:Huntingdon CollegeSchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$42,400Mid-Career Pay:$78,900% High Meaning:69%% STEM Degrees:14%
Rank:15School Name:Oakwood UniversitySchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$43,500Mid-Career Pay:$78,800% High Meaning:71%% STEM Degrees:16%
Rank:15School Name:Athens State UniversitySchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$45,000Mid-Career Pay:$78,800% High Meaning:51%% STEM Degrees:9%
Rank:17School Name:University of West AlabamaSchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$42,700Mid-Career Pay:$76,100% High Meaning:61%% STEM Degrees:4%
Rank:18School Name:University of North AlabamaSchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$43,000Mid-Career Pay:$75,600% High Meaning:61%% STEM Degrees:6%
Rank:19School Name:University of MobileSchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$40,600Mid-Career Pay:$74,100% High Meaning:77%% STEM Degrees:7%
Rank:20School Name:Alabama State UniversitySchool Type:For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$39,800Mid-Career Pay:$71,500% High Meaning:61%% STEM Degrees:16%
Rank:21School Name:Faulkner UniversitySchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$39,400Mid-Career Pay:$71,300% High Meaning:61%% STEM Degrees:2%
Rank:22School Name:University of MontevalloSchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$38,900Mid-Career Pay:$70,700% High Meaning:49%% STEM Degrees:7%
Rank:23School Name:Judson CollegeSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$37,900Mid-Career Pay:$67,600% High Meaning:65%% STEM Degrees:13%
Rank:24School Name:Amridge UniversitySchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$35,700Mid-Career Pay:$65,900% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:0%
Rank:25School Name:Miles CollegeSchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$34,800Mid-Career Pay:$65,100% High Meaning:64%% STEM Degrees:19%

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PayScale’s College Salary Report includes a number of colleges and universities in Alabama ranked by alumni salaries. Use this list to find out how graduates of notable Alabama colleges do after they graduate with a bachelor’s degree.

Some of the most notable colleges in Alabama are the University of Alabama, University of South Alabama, Auburn University and Alabama State University.

Auburn University, in Auburn, often produces some of the highest median mid-career salaries on the list. The Auburn Tigers play in the Division One Southeastern Conference (SEC), and Auburn is the alma mater of several famous names, including former professional athlete, in football and baseball, Bo Jackson, and CEO of Apple Tim Cook.

Many graduates from Alabama colleges and universities go on to work at several of Alabama’s top employers, including Redstone Arsenal, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Maxwell Air Force Base, State of Alabama, and the Mobile County Public School System.