Best Colleges in Colorado by Salary Potential

Colorado is home to several four-year colleges. Which ones are the top universities by alumni salary? Find out here.

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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
1Engineering, Research University, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$74,100$139,30060%93%

1Colorado School of Mines
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$74,100
Mid-Career Pay$139,300
% High Meaning60%
% STEM Degrees93%
2Liberal Arts School, Sober School, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$74,000$137,30069%43%

2United States Air Force Academy
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$74,000
Mid-Career Pay$137,300
% High Meaning69%
% STEM Degrees43%
3Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$55,600$111,50048%36%

3University of Colorado Boulder
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$55,600
Mid-Career Pay$111,500
% High Meaning48%
% STEM Degrees36%
4Private School, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$54,000$101,60049%12%

4University of Denver
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$54,000
Mid-Career Pay$101,600
% High Meaning49%
% STEM Degrees12%
5Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$51,100$98,50050%19%

5Colorado College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$51,100
Mid-Career Pay$98,500
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees19%
6Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$52,000$95,30050%28%

6Colorado State University-Fort Collins
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$52,000
Mid-Career Pay$95,300
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees28%
7Research University, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$51,900$94,00051%17%

7University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$51,900
Mid-Career Pay$94,000
% High Meaning51%
% STEM Degrees17%
8Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$55,700$89,00058%13%

8Regis University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$55,700
Mid-Career Pay$89,000
% High Meaning58%
% STEM Degrees13%
9State SchoolBachelorsPublic$51,200$87,70051%21%

9University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$51,200
Mid-Career Pay$87,700
% High Meaning51%
% STEM Degrees21%
10State SchoolBachelorsPublic$47,200$87,40059%13%

10Colorado State University-Pueblo
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$47,200
Mid-Career Pay$87,400
% High Meaning59%
% STEM Degrees13%
11Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$46,600$85,90052%7%

11University of Northern Colorado
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$46,600
Mid-Career Pay$85,900
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees7%
12State SchoolBachelorsPublic$48,500$84,10051%11%

12Metropolitan State University of Denver
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$48,500
Mid-Career Pay$84,100
% High Meaning51%
% STEM Degrees11%
13Liberal Arts School, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$47,800$80,40054%19%

13Fort Lewis College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$47,800
Mid-Career Pay$80,400
% High Meaning54%
% STEM Degrees19%
14State SchoolBachelorsPublic$43,300$79,20055%3%

14Adams State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$43,300
Mid-Career Pay$79,200
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees3%
15State SchoolBachelorsPublic$43,700$77,10048%19%

15Western State Colorado University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$43,700
Mid-Career Pay$77,100
% High Meaning48%
% STEM Degrees19%
16Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$46,000$77,00069%2%

16Colorado Christian University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$46,000
Mid-Career Pay$77,000
% High Meaning69%
% STEM Degrees2%
17State SchoolBachelorsPublic$47,700$76,50053%7%

17Colorado Mesa University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$47,700
Mid-Career Pay$76,500
% High Meaning53%
% STEM Degrees7%
18Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$41,500$69,900N/A0%

18Naropa University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$41,500
Mid-Career Pay$69,900
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
19Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$40,700$69,40040%0%

19Johnson & Wales University-Denver
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$40,700
Mid-Career Pay$69,400
% High Meaning40%
% STEM Degrees0%
20Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$35,600$55,600N/A0%

20Nazarene Bible College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$35,600
Mid-Career Pay$55,600
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
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The best colleges in Colorado are included in PayScale’s College Salary Report. Some of the most notable are Colorado College, University of Colorado, and Colorado State University.

Graduates from the Colorado School of Mines often earn one of the highest early career salaries, but considering the fact that a whopping near-100 percent of students major in a science, technology, engineering or math subject, it’s no surprise that alumni quickly find high salaries right out of school. However, graduates from the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) who end up working in civilian careers go on to make high salaries at mid-career. For what it’s worth, both schools are also overwhelmingly male.

Many graduates from Colorado’s colleges go on to work for employers such as the University of Colorado at Boulder; Lockheed Martin Space Systems; Peterson AFB; Denver International Airport; Rooftop Restoration; Exempla St. Joseph Hospital; and IBM.

The Centennial State is famous for its many 14,000-foot mountains, and is home to Rocky Mountain National Park, a 415 square-mile wonderland of hiking and climbing goodness.


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