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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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, Religious, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$58,500$103,20052%36%

1University of Tulsa
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$58,500
Mid-Career Pay$103,200
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees36%
2Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$53,500$99,20052%23%

2University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$53,500
Mid-Career Pay$99,200
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees23%
3State SchoolBachelorsPublic$57,200$98,30069%2%

3University of Oklahoma-Health Sciences Center
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$57,200
Mid-Career Pay$98,300
% High Meaning69%
% STEM Degrees2%
4Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$51,700$98,00055%25%

4Oklahoma State University-Main Campus
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$51,700
Mid-Career Pay$98,000
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees25%
5State SchoolBachelorsPublic$47,000$89,50059%5%

5Southwestern Oklahoma State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$47,000
Mid-Career Pay$89,500
% High Meaning59%
% STEM Degrees5%
6Private School, Religious, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$44,600$84,40061%8%

6Oral Roberts University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$44,600
Mid-Career Pay$84,400
% High Meaning61%
% STEM Degrees8%
7Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$48,700$84,10057%40%

7Oklahoma Christian University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$48,700
Mid-Career Pay$84,100
% High Meaning57%
% STEM Degrees40%
8State SchoolBachelorsPublic$51,400$81,800N/A14%

8Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$51,400
Mid-Career Pay$81,800
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees14%
9State SchoolBachelorsPublic$41,700$80,90053%14%

9Cameron University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$41,700
Mid-Career Pay$80,900
% High Meaning53%
% STEM Degrees14%
10Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$36,600$80,300N/A0%

10Southwestern Christian University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$36,600
Mid-Career Pay$80,300
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
11Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$46,200$80,20060%9%

11Oklahoma City University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$46,200
Mid-Career Pay$80,200
% High Meaning60%
% STEM Degrees9%
12State SchoolBachelorsPublic$44,600$79,90056%8%

12University of Central Oklahoma
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$44,600
Mid-Career Pay$79,900
% High Meaning56%
% STEM Degrees8%
13State SchoolBachelorsPublic$44,900$79,10054%15%

13Southeastern Oklahoma State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$44,900
Mid-Career Pay$79,100
% High Meaning54%
% STEM Degrees15%
14Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$46,200$77,20062%5%

14Southern Nazarene University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$46,200
Mid-Career Pay$77,200
% High Meaning62%
% STEM Degrees5%
15Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$42,400$76,10060%1%

15Oklahoma Wesleyan University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$42,400
Mid-Career Pay$76,100
% High Meaning60%
% STEM Degrees1%
16State SchoolBachelorsPublic$46,300$75,60064%8%

16Langston University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$46,300
Mid-Career Pay$75,600
% High Meaning64%
% STEM Degrees8%
17State SchoolBachelorsPublic$42,000$74,90055%11%

17Northwestern Oklahoma State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$42,000
Mid-Career Pay$74,900
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees11%
18State SchoolBachelorsPublic$44,400$74,60062%9%

18East Central University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$44,400
Mid-Career Pay$74,600
% High Meaning62%
% STEM Degrees9%
19Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$41,200$73,90071%0%

19Mid-America Christian University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$41,200
Mid-Career Pay$73,900
% High Meaning71%
% STEM Degrees0%
20State SchoolBachelorsPublic$43,900$73,70057%7%

20Northeastern State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$43,900
Mid-Career Pay$73,700
% High Meaning57%
% STEM Degrees7%
21Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$43,800$71,60059%8%

21Oklahoma Baptist University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$43,800
Mid-Career Pay$71,600
% High Meaning59%
% STEM Degrees8%
22Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$39,100$71,100N/A0%

22Randall University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$39,100
Mid-Career Pay$71,100
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
23Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$40,400$68,500N/A5%

23St. Gregory's University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$40,400
Mid-Career Pay$68,500
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees5%
24State SchoolBachelorsPublic$43,700$67,90053%10%

24Oklahoma Panhandle State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$43,700
Mid-Career Pay$67,900
% High Meaning53%
% STEM Degrees10%
25State SchoolBachelorsPublic$40,000$67,70051%11%

25Rogers State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$40,000
Mid-Career Pay$67,700
% High Meaning51%
% STEM Degrees11%
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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.


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