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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RankSchool NameSchool TypeEarly Career Pay
Mid-Career Pay
% High Meaning
% STEM Degrees
Rank:1School Name:Brigham Young University-HawaiiSchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$51,700Mid-Career Pay:$93,900% High Meaning:57%% STEM Degrees:12%
Rank:2School Name:Hawaii Pacific UniversitySchool Type:Private SchoolEarly Career Pay:$52,200Mid-Career Pay:$93,500% High Meaning:56%% STEM Degrees:15%
Rank:3School Name:University of Hawaii at ManoaSchool Type:Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$51,600Mid-Career Pay:$91,600% High Meaning:56%% STEM Degrees:18%
Rank:4School Name:Chaminade University of HonoluluSchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$45,400Mid-Career Pay:$84,000% High Meaning:55%% STEM Degrees:3%
Rank:5School Name:University of Hawaii at HiloSchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$44,000Mid-Career Pay:$77,200% High Meaning:59%% STEM Degrees:14%
Rank:6School Name:University of Hawaii-West OahuSchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$41,300Mid-Career Pay:$74,300% High Meaning:56%% STEM Degrees:0%

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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.