Best Colleges in Mississippi by Salary Potential

Don’t blindly enroll in a university to get your bachelor’s degree. First find out which Mississippi colleges have 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$50,000$92,50058%27%

1Mississippi State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$50,000
Mid-Career Pay$92,500
% High Meaning58%
% STEM Degrees27%
2Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$47,800$87,70054%11%

2University of Mississippi
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$47,800
Mid-Career Pay$87,700
% High Meaning54%
% STEM Degrees11%
3Business, Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$49,100$86,20055%24%

3Millsaps College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$49,100
Mid-Career Pay$86,200
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees24%
4Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$44,400$81,80055%11%

4University of Southern Mississippi
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$44,400
Mid-Career Pay$81,800
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees11%
5Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$44,800$75,10056%20%

5Mississippi College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$44,800
Mid-Career Pay$75,100
% High Meaning56%
% STEM Degrees20%
6Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$41,400$73,30060%2%

6Belhaven University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$41,400
Mid-Career Pay$73,300
% High Meaning60%
% STEM Degrees2%
7State SchoolBachelorsPublic$41,200$71,00064%5%

7Delta State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$41,200
Mid-Career Pay$71,000
% High Meaning64%
% STEM Degrees5%
8Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$41,400$70,30067%16%

8Jackson State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$41,400
Mid-Career Pay$70,300
% High Meaning67%
% STEM Degrees16%
9Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$41,800$67,60058%6%

9William Carey University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$41,800
Mid-Career Pay$67,600
% High Meaning58%
% STEM Degrees6%
10State SchoolBachelorsPublic$40,000$64,90060%2%

10Mississippi University for Women
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$40,000
Mid-Career Pay$64,900
% High Meaning60%
% STEM Degrees2%
11For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$42,500$63,80069%19%

11Alcorn State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$42,500
Mid-Career Pay$63,800
% High Meaning69%
% STEM Degrees19%
12Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$37,000$62,90070%18%

12Tougaloo College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$37,000
Mid-Career Pay$62,900
% High Meaning70%
% STEM Degrees18%
13Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$35,200$60,50073%32%

13Rust College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$35,200
Mid-Career Pay$60,500
% High Meaning73%
% STEM Degrees32%
14For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$32,000$59,90068%11%

14Mississippi Valley State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$32,000
Mid-Career Pay$59,900
% High Meaning68%
% STEM Degrees11%
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PayScale’s College Salary Report has data for graduates with bachelor’s degrees from several schools in Mississippi. Mississippi is famous for schools like Mississippi State University, Mississippi College and University of Mississippi.

MSU is almost always near the top of the list when ranking Mississippi colleges by graduate salary.

Graduates from Ole Miss are fiercely loyal to their sports teams and their school; 83 percent encourage others to attend.

Mississippi College, known for its school of law, and Belhaven University are two private schools on the list.

Nicknamed the Magnolia State, 60 percent of Mississippi is forest, and there are over 100 species of trees. It makes sense that forestry is one of top industries in the state. Graduates who stay in the state also work for companies such as Nissan, Baptist Health Foundation, and the Port Authority.


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