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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Bachelor's Only
Salary data for alumni who earned a bachelor's degree and did not go on to earn any additional degrees.
All Alumni
Salary data for all alumni who earned a bachelor's degree, including but not limited to those who went on to earn additional degrees from any school.
Rank 
School Name 
School Type
Degree Type 
School Sector
Early Career Pay
 
Median salary for alumni with 0-5 years experience
Mid-Career Pay
 
Median salary for alumni with 10+ years experience
% High Meaning
 
% alumni who say their work makes the world a better place
% STEM Degrees
 
% degrees awarded in science, technology, engineering or math subjects
1Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$52,800$102,90051%31%

1Auburn University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$52,800
Mid-Career Pay$102,900
% High Meaning51%
% STEM Degrees31%
2Research University, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$56,200$100,70057%45%

2University of Alabama in Huntsville
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$56,200
Mid-Career Pay$100,700
% High Meaning57%
% STEM Degrees45%
3Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$43,300$97,60055%12%

3Spring Hill College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$43,300
Mid-Career Pay$97,600
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees12%
4Party School, Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$51,200$93,90050%15%

4The University of Alabama
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$51,200
Mid-Career Pay$93,900
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees15%
5Private School, Religious, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$47,300$90,00051%3%

5Samford University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$47,300
Mid-Career Pay$90,000
% High Meaning51%
% STEM Degrees3%
6Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$47,900$89,000N/A4%

6Herzing University-Birmingham
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$47,900
Mid-Career Pay$89,000
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees4%
7Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$54,500$88,90065%30%

7Tuskegee University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$54,500
Mid-Career Pay$88,900
% High Meaning65%
% STEM Degrees30%
8Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$47,900$85,90049%27%

8Birmingham Southern College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$47,900
Mid-Career Pay$85,900
% High Meaning49%
% STEM Degrees27%
9Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$47,800$84,30059%17%

9University of Alabama at Birmingham
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$47,800
Mid-Career Pay$84,300
% High Meaning59%
% STEM Degrees17%
10Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$47,400$83,30057%17%

10University of South Alabama
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$47,400
Mid-Career Pay$83,300
% High Meaning57%
% STEM Degrees17%
11For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$44,200$80,00060%8%

11Troy University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$44,200
Mid-Career Pay$80,000
% High Meaning60%
% STEM Degrees8%
12For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$42,900$79,20061%7%

12Jacksonville State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$42,900
Mid-Career Pay$79,200
% High Meaning61%
% STEM Degrees7%
13Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$41,200$78,30067%14%

13Huntingdon College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$41,200
Mid-Career Pay$78,300
% High Meaning67%
% STEM Degrees14%
14State SchoolBachelorsPublic$44,500$77,80062%12%

14Auburn University at Montgomery
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$44,500
Mid-Career Pay$77,800
% High Meaning62%
% STEM Degrees12%
15For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$48,600$76,80058%20%

15Alabama A & M University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$48,600
Mid-Career Pay$76,800
% High Meaning58%
% STEM Degrees20%
16Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$42,300$75,90071%16%

16Oakwood University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$42,300
Mid-Career Pay$75,900
% High Meaning71%
% STEM Degrees16%
17Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$39,800$74,80075%7%

17University of Mobile
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$39,800
Mid-Career Pay$74,800
% High Meaning75%
% STEM Degrees7%
18State SchoolBachelorsPublic$44,600$74,70052%9%

18Athens State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$44,600
Mid-Career Pay$74,700
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees9%
19State SchoolBachelorsPublic$42,300$74,50062%6%

19University of North Alabama
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$42,300
Mid-Career Pay$74,500
% High Meaning62%
% STEM Degrees6%
20State SchoolBachelorsPublic$42,400$73,40062%4%

20University of West Alabama
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$42,400
Mid-Career Pay$73,400
% High Meaning62%
% STEM Degrees4%
21Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$35,100$71,800N/A0%

21Amridge University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$35,100
Mid-Career Pay$71,800
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
22State SchoolBachelorsPublic$38,300$70,00049%7%

22University of Montevallo
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$38,300
Mid-Career Pay$70,000
% High Meaning49%
% STEM Degrees7%
23For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$39,100$68,80060%16%

23Alabama State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$39,100
Mid-Career Pay$68,800
% High Meaning60%
% STEM Degrees16%
24Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$39,200$68,00061%2%

24Faulkner University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$39,200
Mid-Career Pay$68,000
% High Meaning61%
% STEM Degrees2%
25Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$33,400$64,00068%19%

25Miles College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$33,400
Mid-Career Pay$64,000
% High Meaning68%
% STEM Degrees19%
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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.


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