Best Colleges in Georgia by Salary Potential

College is an investment — one that should pay off. Before you enroll, read about Georgia’s 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
1Engineering, Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$70,800$131,90048%80%

1Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$70,800
Mid-Career Pay$131,900
% High Meaning48%
% STEM Degrees80%
2Private School, Religious, Research UniversityBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$59,900$111,80044%20%

2Emory University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$59,900
Mid-Career Pay$111,800
% High Meaning44%
% STEM Degrees20%
3Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$52,600$100,00044%13%

3University of Georgia
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$52,600
Mid-Career Pay$100,000
% High Meaning44%
% STEM Degrees13%
4Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$54,800$95,10058%26%

4Morehouse College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$54,800
Mid-Career Pay$95,100
% High Meaning58%
% STEM Degrees26%
5Research University, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$50,900$93,70046%22%

5Kennesaw State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$50,900
Mid-Career Pay$93,700
% High Meaning46%
% STEM Degrees22%
6Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$49,400$89,20046%18%

6Georgia State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$49,400
Mid-Career Pay$89,200
% High Meaning46%
% STEM Degrees18%
7Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$51,700$87,70050%12%

7Oglethorpe University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$51,700
Mid-Career Pay$87,700
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees12%
8Private School, Sober SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$43,400$87,10045%21%

8Berry College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$43,400
Mid-Career Pay$87,100
% High Meaning45%
% STEM Degrees21%
9Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$47,800$86,60049%17%

9Georgia Southern University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$47,800
Mid-Career Pay$86,600
% High Meaning49%
% STEM Degrees17%
10State SchoolBachelorsPublic$45,700$85,20052%8%

10University of North Georgia
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$45,700
Mid-Career Pay$85,200
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees8%
11Liberal Arts School, Private School, Religious, Sober SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$44,700$82,70054%26%

11Agnes Scott College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$44,700
Mid-Career Pay$82,700
% High Meaning54%
% STEM Degrees26%
12Research University, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$45,600$81,60050%9%

12University of West Georgia
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$45,600
Mid-Career Pay$81,600
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees9%
13Research University, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$46,900$81,20069%9%

13Augusta University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$46,900
Mid-Career Pay$81,200
% High Meaning69%
% STEM Degrees9%
14Private School, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$48,300$80,20063%14%

14Mercer University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$48,300
Mid-Career Pay$80,200
% High Meaning63%
% STEM Degrees14%
15Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$49,700$79,50051%24%

15Spelman College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$49,700
Mid-Career Pay$79,500
% High Meaning51%
% STEM Degrees24%
16Research University, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$42,100$79,30057%7%

16Valdosta State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$42,100
Mid-Career Pay$79,300
% High Meaning57%
% STEM Degrees7%
17Private School, Religious, Research UniversityBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$45,800$78,50055%15%

17Clark Atlanta University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$45,800
Mid-Career Pay$78,500
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees15%
18Business, Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$42,400$77,600N/A0%

18Shorter University-College of Adult & Professional Programs
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$42,400
Mid-Career Pay$77,600
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
19State SchoolBachelorsPublic$41,900$76,40058%10%

19Columbus State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$41,900
Mid-Career Pay$76,400
% High Meaning58%
% STEM Degrees10%
20Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$43,700$76,30063%19%

20Covenant College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$43,700
Mid-Career Pay$76,300
% High Meaning63%
% STEM Degrees19%
21State SchoolBachelorsPublic$43,100$75,90058%11%

21Middle Georgia State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$43,100
Mid-Career Pay$75,900
% High Meaning58%
% STEM Degrees11%
21State SchoolBachelorsPublic$44,600$75,90054%12%

21Georgia College & State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$44,600
Mid-Career Pay$75,900
% High Meaning54%
% STEM Degrees12%
21Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$45,400$75,90054%6%

21Shorter University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$45,400
Mid-Career Pay$75,900
% High Meaning54%
% STEM Degrees6%
24State SchoolBachelorsPublic$46,300$75,80055%9%

24Clayton State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$46,300
Mid-Career Pay$75,800
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees9%
25State SchoolBachelorsPublic$46,300$75,40062%10%

25Armstrong State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$46,300
Mid-Career Pay$75,400
% High Meaning62%
% STEM Degrees10%
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The Peach State is not only home to one of the biggest cities in the South (Atlanta), one of the biggest aquariums in the country and some of the most delicious peaches you’ll ever eat, but there are also many fantastic colleges in Georgia. PayScale’s College Salary Report includes alumni salaries for undergraduates who earn a bachelor’s degree (and no higher degree) from a number of Georgia colleges and universities.

Over the long haul, looking at the median salaries of alumni 10 years after graduation, the Georgia colleges with the highest-paid graduates often include the Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University and the University of Georgia (UGA). Georgia Tech has garnered a lot of praise in recent years for its innovative new educational offerings, including an online program that allows students to earn a master’s degree in computer science for little expense. Seventy-one percent of the degrees awarded at The Georgia Institute of Technology are in STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) subjects.

Students looking for close personal attention should consider Emory University, where the student-to-faculty ratio is 8:1. Emory is a private college in Atlanta known for strong research programs. It is also a religious school, associated with the United Methodist Church.

Emory’s population of just under 8,000 students is a far cry from larger schools like Georgia State University, Kennesaw University and the University of Georgia, where school sizes are reported as more than 20,000 each.

Georgia is also home to some colleges with world-class athletic programs, including the Georgia State Panthers, the University of Georgia Bulldogs, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Kennesaw State Owls.


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