Best Colleges in Ohio by Salary Potential

Wondering which colleges and universities in Ohio produce the highest-paid graduates? PayScale has Ohio colleges ranked by salary 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
1Private School, Research UniversityBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$65,100$113,80045%36%

1Case Western Reserve University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$65,100
Mid-Career Pay$113,800
% High Meaning45%
% STEM Degrees36%
2Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$52,700$111,50049%17%

2Kenyon College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$52,700
Mid-Career Pay$111,500
% High Meaning49%
% STEM Degrees17%
3Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$49,800$109,80061%20%

3Wittenberg University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$49,800
Mid-Career Pay$109,800
% High Meaning61%
% STEM Degrees20%
4Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$52,400$108,20044%22%

4Denison University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$52,400
Mid-Career Pay$108,200
% High Meaning44%
% STEM Degrees22%
5Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$55,400$108,10046%22%

5Miami University-Oxford
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$55,400
Mid-Career Pay$108,100
% High Meaning46%
% STEM Degrees22%
6Private School, Religious, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$56,100$104,50044%33%

6University of Dayton
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$56,100
Mid-Career Pay$104,500
% High Meaning44%
% STEM Degrees33%
7Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$48,800$103,90048%21%

7Ohio Wesleyan University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$48,800
Mid-Career Pay$103,900
% High Meaning48%
% STEM Degrees21%
8Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$53,500$101,50049%22%

8Ohio Northern University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$53,500
Mid-Career Pay$101,500
% High Meaning49%
% STEM Degrees22%
9Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$51,400$100,60050%21%

9Oberlin College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$51,400
Mid-Career Pay$100,600
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees21%
10Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$49,800$99,40037%16%

10John Carroll University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$49,800
Mid-Career Pay$99,400
% High Meaning37%
% STEM Degrees16%
11State SchoolBachelorsPublic$43,000$95,400N/A0%

11Ohio State University-Mansfield Campus
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$43,000
Mid-Career Pay$95,400
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
12Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$54,000$95,10049%27%

12Ohio State University-Main Campus
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$54,000
Mid-Career Pay$95,100
% High Meaning49%
% STEM Degrees27%
13Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$52,500$94,80050%19%

13University of Cincinnati-Main Campus
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$52,500
Mid-Career Pay$94,800
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees19%
14Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$49,700$94,10057%45%

14Marietta College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$49,700
Mid-Career Pay$94,100
% High Meaning57%
% STEM Degrees45%
15Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$58,000$93,00080%0%

15Mount Carmel College of Nursing
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$58,000
Mid-Career Pay$93,000
% High Meaning80%
% STEM Degrees0%
16Private School, Religious, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$50,700$91,90047%7%

16Xavier University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$50,700
Mid-Career Pay$91,900
% High Meaning47%
% STEM Degrees7%
16Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$47,200$91,90036%19%

16University of Mount Union
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$47,200
Mid-Career Pay$91,900
% High Meaning36%
% STEM Degrees19%
18Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$50,200$91,20048%9%

18Ohio University-Main Campus
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$50,200
Mid-Career Pay$91,200
% High Meaning48%
% STEM Degrees9%
19Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$47,800$90,70056%27%

19The College of Wooster
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$47,800
Mid-Career Pay$90,700
% High Meaning56%
% STEM Degrees27%
20Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$56,100$90,100N/A0%

20Kettering College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$56,100
Mid-Career Pay$90,100
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
21Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$51,000$88,50052%21%

21University of Toledo
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$51,000
Mid-Career Pay$88,500
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees21%
22Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$46,100$87,10045%11%

22Bowling Green State University-Main Campus
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$46,100
Mid-Career Pay$87,100
% High Meaning45%
% STEM Degrees11%
23Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$50,100$85,70048%22%

23University of Akron Main Campus
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$50,100
Mid-Career Pay$85,700
% High Meaning48%
% STEM Degrees22%
24Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$48,500$85,00053%3%

24The University of Findlay
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$48,500
Mid-Career Pay$85,000
% High Meaning53%
% STEM Degrees3%
25Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$49,600$84,60048%31%

25Wright State University-Main Campus
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$49,600
Mid-Career Pay$84,600
% High Meaning48%
% STEM Degrees31%
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With one of the five largest state university systems, Ohio is well known for schools like Ohio State University, Bowling Green State University, Oberlin College, Kenyon College and University of Cincinnati. PayScale has salary information for graduates of these four-year colleges in the state so that you can find the best Ohio universities by alumni salary.

Some of the highest-paid college graduates (with a bachelor’s degree as their highest degree) in Ohio earn their degrees from Case Western Reserve University, a private research and engineering university. Oberlin College is one of the most well-known liberal arts schools in the United States. It has a rich and unique history, and was the first college to admit women and black students in the country. It also has a world-renowned music conservatory, in addition to its liberal arts and science course offerings. Lena Dunham, Jad Abumrad (NPR’s Radiolab), Jerry Greenfield of Ben and Jerry’s fame and Alex Blumberg of This American Life are all Oberlin alumni. (Interestingly, the median salary of Oberlin alumni decreases if you include those who go on to earn a graduate degree.)

Actor and filmmaker George Clooney graduated from the University of Cincinnati, a school known not only for its arts programs but also for its health and science programs. This doesn’t make it the Ohio school with the highest percentage of STEM degrees, however that designation belongs to Case Western. Ohio is home to lots of prominent liberal arts schools, including Wittenberg University, Kenyon College, Otterbein College and The College of Wooster. Ironically, some of the top industries in the state include aerospace and defense, bioscience and energy development.


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