Best Colleges in Alaska by Salary Potential

If you invest in a bachelor’s degree, you want it to pay off. Learn about which colleges in Alaska have the highest-paid graduates.

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Bachelor's Only
All Alumni
RankSchool NameSchool TypeEarly Career Pay
Mid-Career Pay
% High Meaning
% STEM Degrees
Rank:1School Name:University of Alaska FairbanksSchool Type:Research University, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$61,600Mid-Career Pay:$106,000% High Meaning:52%% STEM Degrees:20%
Rank:2School Name:University of Alaska AnchorageSchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$60,900Mid-Career Pay:$105,600% High Meaning:58%% STEM Degrees:9%
Rank:3School Name:Alaska Pacific UniversitySchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$53,400Mid-Career Pay:$90,600% High Meaning:71%% STEM Degrees:0%
Rank:4School Name:University of Alaska SoutheastSchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$55,800Mid-Career Pay:$84,200% High Meaning:70%% STEM Degrees:3%

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Alaska was the 49th state to be added to the United states and is known as “The Last Frontier.” The snowy state – by far the largest and least-densely populated in the country – is more famous for The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race from Anchorage to Nome than it is for its colleges. But Alaska is home to a handful of schools in Payscale’s College Salary Report undergraduate college rankings. To find the best college by alumni salary, we compare both the early career salaries – based on working alumni with zero to five years of experience – and the mid-career salaries – based on working alumni with 10 or more years of experience.