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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Salary data for alumni who earned a bachelor's degree and did not go on to earn any additional degrees.
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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.
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Early Career Pay
Median salary for alumni with 0-5 years experience
Mid-Career Pay
Median salary for alumni with 10+ years experience
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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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