Best Colleges in Hawaii by Salary Potential

Hawaii is a great place to go to school — and not just for the scenery. These schools are the state’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
1Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$51,200$93,50056%15%

1Hawaii Pacific University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$51,200
Mid-Career Pay$93,500
% High Meaning56%
% STEM Degrees15%
2Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$49,900$93,10057%12%

2Brigham Young University-Hawaii
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$49,900
Mid-Career Pay$93,100
% High Meaning57%
% STEM Degrees12%
3Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$50,100$89,20055%18%

3University of Hawaii at Manoa
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$50,100
Mid-Career Pay$89,200
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees18%
4Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$43,500$86,40053%3%

4Chaminade University of Honolulu
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$43,500
Mid-Career Pay$86,400
% High Meaning53%
% STEM Degrees3%
5State SchoolBachelorsPublic$40,400$71,90058%0%

5University of Hawaii-West Oahu
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$40,400
Mid-Career Pay$71,900
% High Meaning58%
% STEM Degrees0%
6State SchoolBachelorsPublic$43,800$67,50057%14%

6University of Hawaii at Hilo
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$43,800
Mid-Career Pay$67,500
% High Meaning57%
% STEM Degrees14%
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Want to go to college in paradise? If surf, sand and lots of Spam sounds like the perfect setting for a college education, you might want to seriously consider a college in the Island State as the place to earn your bachelor’s degree. And as long as you don’t spend too much time at the beach, you can set yourself up for a successful career in addition to getting a killer tan. PayScale’s College Salary Report has data about the alumni salaries of college in Hawaii.

The University of Hawaii at Manoa is the largest college in Hawaii. Hawaii Pacific University, a private not-for-profit college with about 8,000 students, is close behind.

Most people associate Hawaii with sports like surfing, kayaking and other ocean activities. However, the University of Hawaii at Manoa is home to one of the most colorful teams in the nation, the Rainbow Warriors, and they compete in Division 1 Football in the Mountain West Conference. Hawaii Pacific University is home to the Sharks, and they compete in several Division II sports leagues.


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