Best Colleges in Michigan by Salary Potential

Before you invest in a bachelor’s degree, find out which Michigan schools produce alumni with successful careers. These are the Michigan colleges with the highest-paid graduates.

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RankSchool NameSchool TypeEarly Career Pay
Mid-Career Pay
% High Meaning
% STEM Degrees
Rank:26School Name:Saginaw Valley State UniversitySchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$47,900Mid-Career Pay:$80,400% High Meaning:54%% STEM Degrees:12%
Rank:27School Name:Lake Superior State UniversitySchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$47,500Mid-Career Pay:$79,000% High Meaning:49%% STEM Degrees:14%
Rank:28School Name:Siena Heights UniversitySchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$44,400Mid-Career Pay:$77,900% High Meaning:56%% STEM Degrees:4%
Rank:29School Name:Northern Michigan UniversitySchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$46,100Mid-Career Pay:$77,800% High Meaning:49%% STEM Degrees:11%
Rank:30School Name:Adrian CollegeSchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$43,300Mid-Career Pay:$77,700% High Meaning:58%% STEM Degrees:12%
Rank:31School Name:University of Michigan-FlintSchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$47,500Mid-Career Pay:$77,000% High Meaning:52%% STEM Degrees:16%
Rank:32School Name:Aquinas CollegeSchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$42,500Mid-Career Pay:$76,400% High Meaning:48%% STEM Degrees:14%
Rank:33School Name:Baker CollegeSchool Type:Private SchoolEarly Career Pay:$48,500Mid-Career Pay:$74,900% High Meaning:45%% STEM Degrees:8%
Rank:34School Name:Madonna UniversitySchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$46,200Mid-Career Pay:$74,500% High Meaning:64%% STEM Degrees:4%
Rank:35School Name:Spring Arbor UniversitySchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$41,800Mid-Career Pay:$72,200% High Meaning:66%% STEM Degrees:1%
Rank:36School Name:Davenport UniversitySchool Type:Business, Private SchoolEarly Career Pay:$46,800Mid-Career Pay:$70,700% High Meaning:49%% STEM Degrees:7%
Rank:37School Name:Cornerstone UniversitySchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$43,400Mid-Career Pay:$70,000% High Meaning:62%% STEM Degrees:1%
Rank:38School Name:Rochester UniversitySchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$40,000Mid-Career Pay:$69,500% High Meaning:40%% STEM Degrees:1%
Rank:39School Name:Concordia University-Ann ArborSchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$37,400Mid-Career Pay:$68,200% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:14%
Rank:40School Name:Grace Christian UniversitySchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$39,500Mid-Career Pay:$63,000% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:0%
Rank:41School Name:Great Lakes Christian CollegeSchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$32,900Mid-Career Pay:$55,800% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:0%

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There are more than two-dozen four-year colleges assessed in PayScale’s report for undergraduate colleges and universities with the highest earning potential in Michigan. Some of the most noteworthy schools in the Wolverine State are Michigan State University, Eastern Michigan University, Ferris State University, and the University of Michigan — which was founded in 1817 as the first university to be established in America.

Michigan’s status as an advocate for higher education was further cemented when it became the first state to guarantee all children the right to tax-paid high school education.

The top industries in Michigan are Automotive, Manufacturing, Tourism, and Agriculture. Many celebrated alums representing a broad spectrum of industries hail from the Wolverine State including James Caan, Magic Johnson, Tom Sizemore, Bubba Smith, Lloyd Groff Copeman, Joanne Maguire, Steve Garvey, Eli Broad, Roverk Klark Graham, and Russell Kirk.