Best Colleges in Oklahoma by Salary Potential

Are you ready to earn your bachelor’s degree? Find out what to expect in terms of earning potential with this list of Oklahoma colleges ranked by highest-paid graduates.

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RankSchool NameSchool TypeEarly Career Pay
Mid-Career Pay
% High Meaning
% STEM Degrees
Rank:1School Name:University of TulsaSchool Type:Private School, Religious, Research University, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$58,700Mid-Career Pay:$107,200% High Meaning:51%% STEM Degrees:36%
Rank:2School Name:University of Oklahoma-Health Sciences CenterSchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$57,100Mid-Career Pay:$102,100% High Meaning:68%% STEM Degrees:3%
Rank:3School Name:University of Oklahoma-Norman CampusSchool Type:Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$54,400Mid-Career Pay:$100,600% High Meaning:52%% STEM Degrees:23%
Rank:4School Name:Oklahoma State University-Main CampusSchool Type:Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$52,800Mid-Career Pay:$98,600% High Meaning:54%% STEM Degrees:25%
Rank:5School Name:Oklahoma State University Institute of TechnologySchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$52,600Mid-Career Pay:$92,300% High Meaning:53%% STEM Degrees:14%
Rank:6School Name:Southwestern Oklahoma State UniversitySchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$47,900Mid-Career Pay:$90,800% High Meaning:58%% STEM Degrees:5%
Rank:7School Name:Oklahoma City UniversitySchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$47,700Mid-Career Pay:$87,900% High Meaning:58%% STEM Degrees:9%
Rank:7School Name:Oklahoma Christian UniversitySchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$49,700Mid-Career Pay:$87,900% High Meaning:57%% STEM Degrees:41%
Rank:9School Name:Oral Roberts UniversitySchool Type:Private School, Religious, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$45,900Mid-Career Pay:$85,100% High Meaning:59%% STEM Degrees:8%
Rank:10School Name:University of Central OklahomaSchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$45,300Mid-Career Pay:$82,900% High Meaning:56%% STEM Degrees:8%
Rank:11School Name:Langston UniversitySchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$46,500Mid-Career Pay:$81,500% High Meaning:66%% STEM Degrees:8%
Rank:11School Name:Cameron UniversitySchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$43,900Mid-Career Pay:$81,500% High Meaning:54%% STEM Degrees:14%
Rank:13School Name:Southern Nazarene UniversitySchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$46,100Mid-Career Pay:$81,000% High Meaning:62%% STEM Degrees:5%
Rank:14School Name:Southeastern Oklahoma State UniversitySchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$45,000Mid-Career Pay:$80,500% High Meaning:53%% STEM Degrees:15%
Rank:15School Name:Oklahoma Wesleyan UniversitySchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$43,300Mid-Career Pay:$78,700% High Meaning:58%% STEM Degrees:1%
Rank:16School Name:Northeastern State UniversitySchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$44,500Mid-Career Pay:$77,600% High Meaning:58%% STEM Degrees:7%
Rank:17School Name:East Central UniversitySchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$44,700Mid-Career Pay:$77,500% High Meaning:66%% STEM Degrees:9%
Rank:18School Name:Northwestern Oklahoma State UniversitySchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$42,200Mid-Career Pay:$76,800% High Meaning:55%% STEM Degrees:11%
Rank:19School Name:Oklahoma Baptist UniversitySchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$43,900Mid-Career Pay:$76,600% High Meaning:62%% STEM Degrees:8%
Rank:20School Name:Oklahoma Panhandle State UniversitySchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$42,300Mid-Career Pay:$74,400% High Meaning:54%% STEM Degrees:10%
Rank:21School Name:Mid-America Christian UniversitySchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$40,700Mid-Career Pay:$74,100% High Meaning:71%% STEM Degrees:0%
Rank:22School Name:Rogers State UniversitySchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$41,400Mid-Career Pay:$73,800% High Meaning:48%% STEM Degrees:11%
Rank:23School Name:University of Science and Arts of OklahomaSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$37,300Mid-Career Pay:$67,400% High Meaning:49%% STEM Degrees:11%

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PayScale’s College Salary Report has data for several colleges and universities in Oklahoma, including some of the most famous schools the Sooner State, like University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University and Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Sports are a big deal in the state. Oklahoma State University and University of Oklahoma are both Big 12 schools with rabid fan bases, sports is a top industry in Oklahoma.

The University of Oklahoma, known for both football and its health science center, is the largest school on the list, with a student body of roughly 23,000. Oklahoma Baptist University is the smallest, with about 2,000 students.

Oklahoma colleges are the homes of many professional athletes. University of Oklahoma alumni include Blake Griffin, WWE star Jack Swagger (and Hollywood star Ed Harris.) Oklahoma State is the alma mater of Randy Couture (UFC Heavyweight champion), Tony Allen, Dan Bailey and Scott Baker.