Best Colleges in Louisiana by Salary Potential

Find out what kind of salary your bachelor’s degree can earn for you. These are Louisiana’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
1Party School, Private School, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$54,600$108,80044%22%

1Tulane University of Louisiana
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$54,600
Mid-Career Pay$108,800
% High Meaning44%
% STEM Degrees22%
2Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$53,500$101,30052%24%

2Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$53,500
Mid-Career Pay$101,300
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees24%
3Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$52,100$96,50058%24%

3Louisiana Tech University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$52,100
Mid-Career Pay$96,500
% High Meaning58%
% STEM Degrees24%
4Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$43,900$92,30035%26%

4Centenary College of Louisiana
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$43,900
Mid-Career Pay$92,300
% High Meaning35%
% STEM Degrees26%
5Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$47,500$91,50052%19%

5University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$47,500
Mid-Career Pay$91,500
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees19%
6Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$47,600$90,80065%7%

6University of Louisiana at Monroe
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$47,600
Mid-Career Pay$90,800
% High Meaning65%
% STEM Degrees7%
7Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$43,800$90,30064%35%

7Xavier University of Louisiana
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$43,800
Mid-Career Pay$90,300
% High Meaning64%
% STEM Degrees35%
8State SchoolBachelorsPublic$51,500$89,90082%2%

8Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-New Orleans
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$51,500
Mid-Career Pay$89,900
% High Meaning82%
% STEM Degrees2%
9Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$49,200$87,90056%23%

9University of New Orleans
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$49,200
Mid-Career Pay$87,900
% High Meaning56%
% STEM Degrees23%
9Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$46,300$87,90047%4%

9Loyola University New Orleans
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$46,300
Mid-Career Pay$87,900
% High Meaning47%
% STEM Degrees4%
11For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$49,700$86,30058%13%

11McNeese State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$49,700
Mid-Career Pay$86,300
% High Meaning58%
% STEM Degrees13%
12Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$51,200$84,700N/A1%

12Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$51,200
Mid-Career Pay$84,700
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees1%
13For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$43,200$82,70052%5%

13Nicholls State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$43,200
Mid-Career Pay$82,700
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees5%
14Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$49,300$82,40071%3%

14University of Holy Cross
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$49,300
Mid-Career Pay$82,400
% High Meaning71%
% STEM Degrees3%
15For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$47,700$80,20065%17%

15Southern University and A & M College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$47,700
Mid-Career Pay$80,200
% High Meaning65%
% STEM Degrees17%
16For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$46,000$79,40050%8%

16Southeastern Louisiana University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$46,000
Mid-Career Pay$79,400
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees8%
17State SchoolBachelorsPublic$43,700$79,30048%10%

17Louisiana State University-Shreveport
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$43,700
Mid-Career Pay$79,300
% High Meaning48%
% STEM Degrees10%
18Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$44,500$79,10055%4%

18Louisiana College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$44,500
Mid-Career Pay$79,100
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees4%
19Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$43,400$77,80071%20%

19Dillard University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$43,400
Mid-Career Pay$77,800
% High Meaning71%
% STEM Degrees20%
20For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$43,500$76,20061%6%

20Northwestern State University of Louisiana
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$43,500
Mid-Career Pay$76,200
% High Meaning61%
% STEM Degrees6%
21Liberal Arts School, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$37,500$70,700N/A5%

21Louisiana State University-Alexandria
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$37,500
Mid-Career Pay$70,700
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees5%
22For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$43,800$66,80066%10%

22Grambling State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$43,800
Mid-Career Pay$66,800
% High Meaning66%
% STEM Degrees10%
23State SchoolBachelorsPublic$40,800$65,60078%13%

23Southern University at New Orleans
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$40,800
Mid-Career Pay$65,600
% High Meaning78%
% STEM Degrees13%
24Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$33,200$59,400N/A0%

24New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$33,200
Mid-Career Pay$59,400
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
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Whether it’s your affinity for jazz, beignets or being close to home that draws you to a career college in the Pelican State, earning a college degree in Louisiana can be a step on a smart path to financial success.

With 41 percent of the nation’s wetlands and the most coastline of any state, Louisiana is uniquely beautiful. But the Gulf Coast does more than just give Louisiana a peculiar nickname; it also means that industries like petroleum and refining, offshore and oil production, natural gas, agriculture, space, and commercial fishing dominate the Louisiana economy and contribute to high earnings and lots of employment opportunities for students who attend colleges in Louisiana.

Some of the top universities by graduate salary for early career salary (zero to five years of experience) are public colleges: Louisiana State University, Louisiana Tech University, and McNeese State University.

But ranked by mid-career salary (10 or more years of experience), Louisiana Tech University in Ruston often takes the lead as the college with some of the highest paid graduates. Other colleges with high earning potential for alumni with ten or more years of experience are Louisiana State University (LSU) and Southern University A&M College. Three of the top schools are public colleges; Tulane University in New Orleans, for example, is often highly ranked on our list.


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