Best Colleges in Missouri by Salary Potential

Once you decide to go to school in Missouri for your bachelor’s degree, research Missouri’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
1Engineering, Research University, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$66,700$116,40051%80%

1Missouri University of Science and Technology
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$66,700
Mid-Career Pay$116,400
% High Meaning51%
% STEM Degrees80%
2Private School, Research UniversityBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$62,700$113,10042%30%

2Washington University in St Louis
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$62,700
Mid-Career Pay$113,100
% High Meaning42%
% STEM Degrees30%
3Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$50,800$99,00050%17%

3University of Missouri-Columbia
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$50,800
Mid-Career Pay$99,000
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees17%
3Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$47,700$99,00055%25%

3Westminster College (Missouri)
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$47,700
Mid-Career Pay$99,000
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees25%
5Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$56,700$92,800N/A0%

5Saint Luke's College of Health Sciences
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$56,700
Mid-Career Pay$92,800
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
6Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$50,100$92,70061%12%

6William Jewell College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$50,100
Mid-Career Pay$92,700
% High Meaning61%
% STEM Degrees12%
7Private School, Religious, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$53,100$92,40056%12%

7Saint Louis University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$53,100
Mid-Career Pay$92,400
% High Meaning56%
% STEM Degrees12%
8Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$54,600$88,60063%11%

8Rockhurst University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$54,600
Mid-Career Pay$88,600
% High Meaning63%
% STEM Degrees11%
9Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$50,000$86,90054%24%

9University of Missouri-Kansas City
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$50,000
Mid-Career Pay$86,900
% High Meaning54%
% STEM Degrees24%
10For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$44,400$86,60050%9%

10Missouri State University-Springfield
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$44,400
Mid-Career Pay$86,600
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees9%
11Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$55,500$85,80080%0%

11Barnes-Jewish College Goldfarb School of Nursing
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$55,500
Mid-Career Pay$85,800
% High Meaning80%
% STEM Degrees0%
12Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$52,200$85,500N/A0%

12Cox College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$52,200
Mid-Career Pay$85,500
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
13State SchoolBachelorsPublic$46,500$85,40050%16%

13Truman State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$46,500
Mid-Career Pay$85,400
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees16%
14State SchoolBachelorsPublic$45,900$83,60051%26%

14Northwest Missouri State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$45,900
Mid-Career Pay$83,600
% High Meaning51%
% STEM Degrees26%
15Research University, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$47,600$83,40052%13%

15University of Missouri-St Louis
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$47,600
Mid-Career Pay$83,400
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees13%
16Business, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$45,100$82,30049%2%

16Webster University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$45,100
Mid-Career Pay$82,300
% High Meaning49%
% STEM Degrees2%
17Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$48,000$82,20057%7%

17Park University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$48,000
Mid-Career Pay$82,200
% High Meaning57%
% STEM Degrees7%
18Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$44,200$81,300N/A3%

18Ranken Technical College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$44,200
Mid-Career Pay$81,300
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees3%
19State SchoolBachelorsPublic$46,300$80,10053%45%

19University of Central Missouri
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$46,300
Mid-Career Pay$80,100
% High Meaning53%
% STEM Degrees45%
20Art, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$41,100$77,80038%0%

20Kansas City Art Institute
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$41,100
Mid-Career Pay$77,800
% High Meaning38%
% STEM Degrees0%
21Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$45,800$77,00068%3%

21Avila University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$45,800
Mid-Career Pay$77,000
% High Meaning68%
% STEM Degrees3%
22Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$41,200$76,50059%12%

22Drury University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$41,200
Mid-Career Pay$76,500
% High Meaning59%
% STEM Degrees12%
23For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$42,900$76,30053%9%

23Southeast Missouri State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$42,900
Mid-Career Pay$76,300
% High Meaning53%
% STEM Degrees9%
24Private School, Research UniversityBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$46,500$75,50053%2%

24Maryville University of Saint Louis
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$46,500
Mid-Career Pay$75,500
% High Meaning53%
% STEM Degrees2%
25State SchoolBachelorsPublic$42,900$74,30052%14%

25Missouri Western State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$42,900
Mid-Career Pay$74,300
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees14%
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Missouri is host to a broad range of colleges and universities. Columbia College, home of the Cougars, enrolls roughly 30,000 students, whereas William Woods University, a private university, is the smallest school with about 1,300 students.

PayScale’s College Salary Report includes colleges and universities in Missouri, including some of its best known schools like University of Missouri, Westminster College, and Columbia.

Truman State University is the most recommended almost 90 percent of alumni would tell others to attend the school.

Multiple universities and hospitals, such as St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, are among Missouri’s top employers, and many graduates work in medical fields. Tennessee Williams, Deborah Bryant, Larry Young and Sheryl Crow all also graduated from Missouri schools, but you may not want to count on your music career just yet.


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