Best Colleges in Arizona by Salary Potential

A bachelor’s degree is a great investment. Before you enroll, find out which Arizona universities 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
1Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$63,500$115,80055%43%

1Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$63,500
Mid-Career Pay$115,800
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees43%
2Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$55,000$99,00050%23%

2University of Arizona
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$55,000
Mid-Career Pay$99,000
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees23%
3Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$53,200$98,90052%30%

3Arizona State University-Tempe
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$53,200
Mid-Career Pay$98,900
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees30%
4Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$48,600$88,40057%12%

4Northern Arizona University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$48,600
Mid-Career Pay$88,400
% High Meaning57%
% STEM Degrees12%
5Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$42,400$74,30049%0%

5Ottawa University-Phoenix
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$42,400
Mid-Career Pay$74,300
% High Meaning49%
% STEM Degrees0%
6Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$38,800$67,300N/A7%

6Arizona Christian University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$38,800
Mid-Career Pay$67,300
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees7%
7Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$41,700$66,00069%0%

7Prescott College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$41,700
Mid-Career Pay$66,000
% High Meaning69%
% STEM Degrees0%
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The southwestern state of Arizona is the sixth largest state in the U.S. and shares a 389-mile border with Mexico. The southern part of the state is known for its desert climate, while the lesser-known northern part features forests of pine, Douglas fir and spruce trees. It’s also home to Grand Canyon National Park, and about one-quarter of the state is made up of Indian reservations that serve as the home of 27 federally recognized Native American tribes. There are several colleges and universities in Arizona included in PayScale’s College Salary Report, and some of the most famous colleges in Arizona are the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and Grand Canyon University. Graduates from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, located in Prescott, earn among the highest early career salaries. Embry-Riddle almost exclusively grants degrees that prepare students to work in the high-paying aeronautics industry, so it makes sense that they have high median salaries overall.


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