Best Colleges in Oregon by Salary Potential

When you graduate with your bachelor’s degree, you want to earn a good salary. Learn which Oregon school is the best college by alumni salary.

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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
1Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$53,900$109,80047%26%

1Reed College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$53,900
Mid-Career Pay$109,800
% High Meaning47%
% STEM Degrees26%
2Private School, Religious, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$57,400$103,30050%28%

2University of Portland
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$57,400
Mid-Career Pay$103,300
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees28%
3Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$49,900$102,60048%14%

3Willamette University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$49,900
Mid-Career Pay$102,600
% High Meaning48%
% STEM Degrees14%
4Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$54,800$101,30053%33%

4Oregon State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$54,800
Mid-Career Pay$101,300
% High Meaning53%
% STEM Degrees33%
5State SchoolBachelorsPublic$60,500$100,90059%27%

5Oregon Institute of Technology
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$60,500
Mid-Career Pay$100,900
% High Meaning59%
% STEM Degrees27%
6Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$62,800$96,500N/A0%

6Linfield College-School of Nursing
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$62,800
Mid-Career Pay$96,500
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
7Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$47,400$96,20049%12%

7Lewis & Clark College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$47,400
Mid-Career Pay$96,200
% High Meaning49%
% STEM Degrees12%
8State SchoolBachelorsPublic$67,500$96,10080%9%

8Oregon Health & Science University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$67,500
Mid-Career Pay$96,100
% High Meaning80%
% STEM Degrees9%
9Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$47,500$96,000N/A0%

9Linfield College-Online and Continuing Education
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$47,500
Mid-Career Pay$96,000
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
10Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$48,600$95,70067%8%

10Pacific University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$48,600
Mid-Career Pay$95,700
% High Meaning67%
% STEM Degrees8%
11Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$50,300$95,30047%13%

11University of Oregon
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$50,300
Mid-Career Pay$95,300
% High Meaning47%
% STEM Degrees13%
12Art, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$43,400$89,900N/A0%

12Pacific Northwest College of Art
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$43,400
Mid-Career Pay$89,900
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
13Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$50,900$89,50050%12%

13Linfield College-McMinnville Campus
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$50,900
Mid-Career Pay$89,500
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees12%
14Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$49,500$87,70047%16%

14Portland State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$49,500
Mid-Career Pay$87,700
% High Meaning47%
% STEM Degrees16%
15Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$51,100$84,90052%8%

15George Fox University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$51,100
Mid-Career Pay$84,900
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees8%
16Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$47,000$81,20070%1%

16Concordia University-Portland
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$47,000
Mid-Career Pay$81,200
% High Meaning70%
% STEM Degrees1%
17State SchoolBachelorsPublic$45,300$79,30054%6%

17Southern Oregon University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$45,300
Mid-Career Pay$79,300
% High Meaning54%
% STEM Degrees6%
17Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$38,400$79,30080%0%

17Multnomah University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$38,400
Mid-Career Pay$79,300
% High Meaning80%
% STEM Degrees0%
19Business, Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$46,600$77,70065%0%

19Marylhurst University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$46,600
Mid-Career Pay$77,700
% High Meaning65%
% STEM Degrees0%
19State SchoolBachelorsPublic$41,700$77,70065%N/A

19Oregon State University-Cascades Campus
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$41,700
Mid-Career Pay$77,700
% High Meaning65%
% STEM DegreesN/A
21State SchoolBachelorsPublic$43,400$77,60045%5%

21Western Oregon University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$43,400
Mid-Career Pay$77,600
% High Meaning45%
% STEM Degrees5%
22Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$40,600$75,80061%1%

22Corban University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$40,600
Mid-Career Pay$75,800
% High Meaning61%
% STEM Degrees1%
23Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$43,900$75,70063%5%

23Northwest Christian University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$43,900
Mid-Career Pay$75,700
% High Meaning63%
% STEM Degrees5%
24Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$45,600$75,60062%10%

24Warner Pacific College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$45,600
Mid-Career Pay$75,600
% High Meaning62%
% STEM Degrees10%
25State SchoolBachelorsPublic$44,000$66,30058%5%

25Eastern Oregon University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$44,000
Mid-Career Pay$66,300
% High Meaning58%
% STEM Degrees5%
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There are a number of colleges and universities in Oregon included in PayScale’s College Salary Report. Some of the most notable colleges in Oregon are Oregon State University (OSU), University of Oregon (UO), Portland State University (PSU), and the Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT).

In the first five years after graduation, Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), located in Portland, is a Oregon college with some of the highest-paid graduates with a bachelor’s degree only. OHSU produces lots of nurses and other healthcare workers who are in high demand right after graduation. But a tiny, super liberal private school often produces the highest-paid graduates overall: Reed College, also in Portland. About 25 percent of degrees from Reed are in STEM subjects — that’s a high statistic for a liberal arts school.

Phil Knight is just one of the famous alumni to graduate from an Oregon colleges. Other notables include: Esera Tuaolo (NFL), stem-cell pioneer Ann Kiessling, actor Mark Dacascos, and actress/painter Ariana Richards (of Prancer and Jurassic Park fame).

The rivalry between Oregon State University and the University of Oregon is called the Civil War. And while the OSU vs. UO rivalry generally applies to sports and school spirit in general, when you pit the Ducks and Beavers against each other in terms of earning potential, the OSU Beavers win by almost $10,000 per year.

Top Employers in Oregon

The largest employers in Oregon are Nike Inc, Hewlett-Packard, Intel Corp, as well as several hospitals and universities.


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