Best Colleges in Florida by Salary Potential

When you’re ready to get your bachelor’s degree, you should choose the best university. Part of that research is earning potential post-graduation. Find Florida’s best college by alumni salary before narrowing down your choices.

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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$61,900$106,00059%35%

1Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$61,900
Mid-Career Pay$106,000
% High Meaning59%
% STEM Degrees35%
2Business, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$61,500$105,800N/A10%

2Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico-Miami
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$61,500
Mid-Career Pay$105,800
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees10%
3Private School, Research UniversityBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$57,600$102,10055%48%

3Florida Institute of Technology
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$57,600
Mid-Career Pay$102,100
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees48%
4Party School, Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$54,200$101,40052%29%

4University of Florida
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$54,200
Mid-Career Pay$101,400
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees29%
5Business, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$58,500$96,70067%29%

5Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico-Orlando
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$58,500
Mid-Career Pay$96,700
% High Meaning67%
% STEM Degrees29%
6Private School, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$55,100$96,00048%22%

6University of Miami
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$55,100
Mid-Career Pay$96,000
% High Meaning48%
% STEM Degrees22%
7Party School, Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$49,000$93,50050%18%

7Florida State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$49,000
Mid-Career Pay$93,500
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees18%
8Liberal Arts School, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$45,800$91,50038%4%

8New College of Florida
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$45,800
Mid-Career Pay$91,500
% High Meaning38%
% STEM Degrees4%
9Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$57,300$91,00069%3%

9Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$57,300
Mid-Career Pay$91,000
% High Meaning69%
% STEM Degrees3%
10Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$47,900$90,30046%8%

10The University of Tampa
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$47,900
Mid-Career Pay$90,300
% High Meaning46%
% STEM Degrees8%
10Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$48,500$90,30049%25%

10University of South Florida-Main Campus
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$48,500
Mid-Career Pay$90,300
% High Meaning49%
% STEM Degrees25%
12Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$48,100$89,90051%16%

12Florida International University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$48,100
Mid-Career Pay$89,900
% High Meaning51%
% STEM Degrees16%
13Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$48,300$89,30050%15%

13Florida Atlantic University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$48,300
Mid-Career Pay$89,300
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees15%
14Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$47,300$88,10051%25%

14Eckerd College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$47,300
Mid-Career Pay$88,100
% High Meaning51%
% STEM Degrees25%
15Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$48,200$88,00050%16%

15University of Central Florida
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$48,200
Mid-Career Pay$88,000
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees16%
16Private School, Research UniversityBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$49,800$87,40062%9%

16Nova Southeastern University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$49,800
Mid-Career Pay$87,400
% High Meaning62%
% STEM Degrees9%
17Private School, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$46,000$86,90041%7%

17Stetson University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$46,000
Mid-Career Pay$86,900
% High Meaning41%
% STEM Degrees7%
18Private School, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$50,200$86,80067%5%

18Jacksonville University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$50,200
Mid-Career Pay$86,800
% High Meaning67%
% STEM Degrees5%
18For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$47,500$86,80052%11%

18University of North Florida
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$47,500
Mid-Career Pay$86,800
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees11%
20Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$53,700$86,00087%5%

20Adventist University of Health Sciences
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$53,700
Mid-Career Pay$86,000
% High Meaning87%
% STEM Degrees5%
21Business, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$43,900$85,60044%2%

21Lynn University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$43,900
Mid-Career Pay$85,600
% High Meaning44%
% STEM Degrees2%
22Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$46,900$83,70054%7%

22Rollins College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$46,900
Mid-Career Pay$83,700
% High Meaning54%
% STEM Degrees7%
23Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$47,500$81,60061%4%

23St Thomas University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$47,500
Mid-Career Pay$81,600
% High Meaning61%
% STEM Degrees4%
24Private School, Religious, Research UniversityBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$47,000$81,40065%12%

24Barry University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$47,000
Mid-Career Pay$81,400
% High Meaning65%
% STEM Degrees12%
25Research University, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$43,800$81,10055%11%

25The University of West Florida
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$43,800
Mid-Career Pay$81,100
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees11%
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There are a number of colleges in Florida that are included in PayScale’s College Salary Report.

Two private colleges often vie for the title of the Florida college with the highest-paid graduates. The Florida Institute of Technology and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), located in Daytona Beach. (Both FIT and Embry-Riddle see increases of around $5,000 in the median salary when we include gradates with advanced degrees.)

As Florida’s oldest college (founded in 1853), the University of Florida, in Gainesville, is not only a great place to get an education that will likely translate into a great career, but it is also a guaranteed good time. The University of Florida makes The Princeton Review’s list of the biggest Party Schools in America almost every year.

UF is also a sports powerhouse. Gators fans are notoriously passionate about their team, and the University of Florida Gators have won more than 33 national championships.

Famous alumni from the University of Florida include: TV personality Bob Vila and Steve Spurrier (Heisman Trophy winner).


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