Best Colleges in Kentucky by Salary Potential

Advance your career by earning your bachelor’s degree. Before enrolling, read about Kentucky 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$50,500$94,60048%19%

1University of Kentucky
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$50,500
Mid-Career Pay$94,600
% High Meaning48%
% STEM Degrees19%
2Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$47,600$91,80056%10%

2Bellarmine University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$47,600
Mid-Career Pay$91,800
% High Meaning56%
% STEM Degrees10%
3Business, Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$49,100$91,00055%8%

3Thomas More College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$49,100
Mid-Career Pay$91,000
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees8%
4Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$48,900$88,20052%17%

4Centre College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$48,900
Mid-Career Pay$88,200
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees17%
5For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$48,000$85,00045%12%

5Northern Kentucky University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$48,000
Mid-Career Pay$85,000
% High Meaning45%
% STEM Degrees12%
6Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$48,800$84,10049%18%

6University of Louisville
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$48,800
Mid-Career Pay$84,100
% High Meaning49%
% STEM Degrees18%
6Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$47,000$84,10051%25%

6Transylvania University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$47,000
Mid-Career Pay$84,100
% High Meaning51%
% STEM Degrees25%
8Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$42,400$83,60050%7%

8Brescia University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$42,400
Mid-Career Pay$83,600
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees7%
9For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$44,700$81,60049%10%

9Western Kentucky University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$44,700
Mid-Career Pay$81,600
% High Meaning49%
% STEM Degrees10%
10Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$44,400$81,50050%10%

10Georgetown College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$44,400
Mid-Career Pay$81,500
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees10%
11For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$44,800$79,30056%4%

11Eastern Kentucky University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$44,800
Mid-Career Pay$79,300
% High Meaning56%
% STEM Degrees4%
12For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$43,900$77,60056%9%

12Murray State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$43,900
Mid-Career Pay$77,600
% High Meaning56%
% STEM Degrees9%
13Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$41,200$77,50072%14%

13Kentucky Wesleyan College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$41,200
Mid-Career Pay$77,500
% High Meaning72%
% STEM Degrees14%
14Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$38,800$76,40037%4%

14Union College (Kentucky)
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$38,800
Mid-Career Pay$76,400
% High Meaning37%
% STEM Degrees4%
15Private School, Religious, Research UniversityBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$45,300$74,20070%0%

15Spalding University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$45,300
Mid-Career Pay$74,200
% High Meaning70%
% STEM Degrees0%
16Private School, Religious, Research UniversityBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$38,500$74,00059%8%

16University of the Cumberlands
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$38,500
Mid-Career Pay$74,000
% High Meaning59%
% STEM Degrees8%
17State SchoolBachelorsPublic$40,600$72,20055%13%

17Kentucky State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$40,600
Mid-Career Pay$72,200
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees13%
18For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$41,200$71,30058%9%

18Morehead State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$41,200
Mid-Career Pay$71,300
% High Meaning58%
% STEM Degrees9%
19Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$39,600$71,00052%27%

19Berea College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$39,600
Mid-Career Pay$71,000
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees27%
20Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$39,000$69,30057%4%

20Asbury University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$39,000
Mid-Career Pay$69,300
% High Meaning57%
% STEM Degrees4%
21Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$38,800$67,90048%3%

21Midway University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$38,800
Mid-Career Pay$67,900
% High Meaning48%
% STEM Degrees3%
22Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$37,200$66,600N/A11%

22University of Pikeville
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$37,200
Mid-Career Pay$66,600
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees11%
23Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$40,200$66,20066%3%

23Kentucky Christian University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$40,200
Mid-Career Pay$66,200
% High Meaning66%
% STEM Degrees3%
24Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$35,000$61,40050%2%

24Lindsey Wilson College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$35,000
Mid-Career Pay$61,400
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees2%
25Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$37,200$60,10049%7%

25Campbellsville University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$37,200
Mid-Career Pay$60,100
% High Meaning49%
% STEM Degrees7%
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There are 40 four-year colleges to choose from in the Bluegrass State, and if we rank colleges by earning potential, the public University of Kentucky has a solid early career graduate salary. Graduates with more experience who make the highest median salaries often come from private Kentucky colleges: Centre College of Kentucky, Bellarmine University, and Thomas More College.

For students considering financial aid to attend college, Sullivan University, a business school, has the highest percentage of low-income students who qualify for Pell grants. For individualized attention, Transylvania University can brag about one of the lowest faculty to student ratios and smallest size, along with Bellarmine University. Western Kentucky University, home of the Hilltoppers, has a relatively high faculty to student ratio, which make sense given it’s also one of the largest colleges. Its size is second only to the University of Kentucky, with over 20,000 undergraduates.

The University of Kentucky and University of Louisville have been basketball and football rivals for decades, but only PayScale can report on whether Cardinals or Wildcats earn more.

Kentucky’s top employment industries include car manufacturing, biotechnology, sports and recreation and transportation/logistics.


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