Best Colleges in North Dakota by Salary Potential

You’re ready to get your bachelor’s degree. Before you choose a four-year university, discover North Dakota colleges with 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
1State SchoolBachelorsPublic$61,100$102,600N/A1%

1Bismarck State College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$61,100
Mid-Career Pay$102,600
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees1%
2Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$53,200$95,50056%26%

2North Dakota State University-Main Campus
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$53,200
Mid-Career Pay$95,500
% High Meaning56%
% STEM Degrees26%
3Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$52,600$92,20054%16%

3University of North Dakota
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$52,600
Mid-Career Pay$92,200
% High Meaning54%
% STEM Degrees16%
4State SchoolBachelorsPublic$41,600$85,00050%10%

4Mayville State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$41,600
Mid-Career Pay$85,000
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees10%
5Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$47,200$83,00063%11%

5University of Jamestown
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$47,200
Mid-Career Pay$83,000
% High Meaning63%
% STEM Degrees11%
6State SchoolBachelorsPublic$46,700$75,80054%8%

6Dickinson State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$46,700
Mid-Career Pay$75,800
% High Meaning54%
% STEM Degrees8%
7Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$47,400$73,70063%3%

7University of Mary
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$47,400
Mid-Career Pay$73,700
% High Meaning63%
% STEM Degrees3%
8State SchoolBachelorsPublic$45,100$67,00056%7%

8Minot State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$45,100
Mid-Career Pay$67,000
% High Meaning56%
% STEM Degrees7%
9State SchoolBachelorsPublic$41,100$61,90052%3%

9Valley City State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$41,100
Mid-Career Pay$61,900
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees3%
10Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$35,800$61,400N/A0%

10Trinity Bible College and Graduate School
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$35,800
Mid-Career Pay$61,400
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
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North Dakota might be the most rural of all the states, but is still famous for schools like the University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University and Dickinson Sate University.

Nicknamed the Peace Garden State, it’s not surprising that North Dakota’s main industries are agriculture and energy. Many alumni from schools in the state find jobs in medical and legal fields as well.

Recent graduates with a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota, in Grand Forks, are among the highest-paid graduates in North Dakota. The University of North Dakota has about 14,000 students, making it the largest school in the state. Playwright Maxwell Anderson graduated from here, and while not all University of North Dakota alumni have their work included in anthologies, roughly 64 percent say their jobs are very meaningful.

While North Dakota State University is only the second largest school, a high percent of the students recommend their school to prospective students.


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