Best Colleges in Idaho by Salary Potential

Before you enroll, find out what kind of salary you can earn with a bachelor’s degree from these Idaho colleges with the highest-paid graduates.

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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
1Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$51,300$95,20054%22%

1University of Idaho
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$51,300
Mid-Career Pay$95,200
% High Meaning54%
% STEM Degrees22%
2Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$52,700$94,30057%14%

2Brigham Young University-Idaho
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$52,700
Mid-Career Pay$94,300
% High Meaning57%
% STEM Degrees14%
3Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$50,300$89,80064%12%

3Idaho State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$50,300
Mid-Career Pay$89,800
% High Meaning64%
% STEM Degrees12%
4Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$43,800$86,10047%17%

4The College of Idaho
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$43,800
Mid-Career Pay$86,100
% High Meaning47%
% STEM Degrees17%
5Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$49,300$83,00055%14%

5Boise State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$49,300
Mid-Career Pay$83,000
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees14%
6Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$45,200$74,70064%7%

6Northwest Nazarene University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$45,200
Mid-Career Pay$74,700
% High Meaning64%
% STEM Degrees7%
7State SchoolBachelorsPublic$45,200$69,70059%5%

7Lewis-Clark State College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$45,200
Mid-Career Pay$69,700
% High Meaning59%
% STEM Degrees5%
8Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$40,500$67,700N/A35%

8Stevens-Henager College (Idaho)
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$40,500
Mid-Career Pay$67,700
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees35%
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Of the 11 four-year colleges in Idaho, some of the most well-known are University of Idaho, Boise State University, Idaho State University (ISU) and the College of Idaho. Almost every known gem has been found in the Gem State, but the top job types are mostly in healthcare.

The University of Idaho is a college with some of the highest-paid graduates, both at five years after graduation and at 10 years after graduation. The University of Idaho Vandals have enough school spirit, and earning potential, to make up for their relatively small population.

Graduate degrees don’t have a huge impact on how much Idaho college graduates get paid. All the Idaho schools on this list only see a slight increase when PayScale includes salary data for alumni who go on to earn graduate degrees.

Northwest Nazarene University is a small private Christian university in Nampa, Idaho. It may not have the highest paid graduates in Idaho, but it does have a high percentage of students who think their jobs make the world a better place. The school produces a lot of students who go into religious work or social service.


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