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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All Alumni
RankSchool NameSchool TypeEarly Career Pay
Mid-Career Pay
% High Meaning
% STEM Degrees
Rank:1School Name:Mississippi State UniversitySchool Type:Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$51,100Mid-Career Pay:$94,100% High Meaning:57%% STEM Degrees:27%
Rank:2School Name:University of MississippiSchool Type:Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$48,500Mid-Career Pay:$89,100% High Meaning:55%% STEM Degrees:12%
Rank:3School Name:Millsaps CollegeSchool Type:Business, Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$49,300Mid-Career Pay:$88,700% High Meaning:56%% STEM Degrees:24%
Rank:4School Name:University of Southern MississippiSchool Type:Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$45,100Mid-Career Pay:$83,900% High Meaning:56%% STEM Degrees:11%
Rank:5School Name:Mississippi CollegeSchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$45,200Mid-Career Pay:$79,500% High Meaning:57%% STEM Degrees:20%
Rank:6School Name:Jackson State UniversitySchool Type:Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$41,700Mid-Career Pay:$74,600% High Meaning:67%% STEM Degrees:16%
Rank:7School Name:Belhaven UniversitySchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$41,200Mid-Career Pay:$74,300% High Meaning:60%% STEM Degrees:2%
Rank:8School Name:Delta State UniversitySchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$40,800Mid-Career Pay:$74,200% High Meaning:63%% STEM Degrees:5%
Rank:9School Name:William Carey UniversitySchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$41,100Mid-Career Pay:$71,800% High Meaning:61%% STEM Degrees:6%
Rank:10School Name:Alcorn State UniversitySchool Type:For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$40,900Mid-Career Pay:$69,500% High Meaning:67%% STEM Degrees:19%
Rank:10School Name:Mississippi University for WomenSchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$39,500Mid-Career Pay:$69,500% High Meaning:63%% STEM Degrees:2%
Rank:12School Name:Tougaloo CollegeSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$36,900Mid-Career Pay:$66,400% High Meaning:69%% STEM Degrees:18%
Rank:13School Name:Rust CollegeSchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$34,800Mid-Career Pay:$62,400% High Meaning:76%% STEM Degrees:32%
Rank:14School Name:Mississippi Valley State UniversitySchool Type:For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$32,500Mid-Career Pay:$61,900% High Meaning:70%% STEM Degrees:11%

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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.