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
1State SchoolBachelorsPublic$65,400$108,30079%10%

1Oregon Health & Science University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$65,400
Mid-Career Pay$108,300
% High Meaning79%
% STEM Degrees10%
2State SchoolBachelorsPublic$61,200$106,80060%27%

2Oregon Institute of Technology
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$61,200
Mid-Career Pay$106,800
% High Meaning60%
% STEM Degrees27%
3Private School, Religious, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$58,500$104,90052%28%

3University of Portland
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$58,500
Mid-Career Pay$104,900
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees28%
3Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$56,100$104,90044%26%

3Reed College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$56,100
Mid-Career Pay$104,900
% High Meaning44%
% STEM Degrees26%
5Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$56,200$104,80053%34%

5Oregon State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$56,200
Mid-Career Pay$104,800
% High Meaning53%
% STEM Degrees34%
6Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$52,200$97,70049%14%

6Willamette University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$52,200
Mid-Career Pay$97,700
% High Meaning49%
% STEM Degrees14%
7Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$51,800$95,80046%13%

7University of Oregon
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$51,800
Mid-Career Pay$95,800
% High Meaning46%
% STEM Degrees13%
8Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$50,200$94,00066%8%

8Pacific University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$50,200
Mid-Career Pay$94,000
% High Meaning66%
% STEM Degrees8%
8Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$50,900$94,000N/A0%

8Linfield College-Online and Continuing Education
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$50,900
Mid-Career Pay$94,000
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
10Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$50,000$93,20051%12%

10Lewis & Clark College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$50,000
Mid-Career Pay$93,200
% High Meaning51%
% STEM Degrees12%
11Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$52,100$92,00048%17%

11Linfield College-McMinnville Campus
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$52,100
Mid-Career Pay$92,000
% High Meaning48%
% STEM Degrees17%
12Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$50,800$90,50048%16%

12Portland State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$50,800
Mid-Career Pay$90,500
% High Meaning48%
% STEM Degrees16%
13Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$51,200$89,60052%8%

13George Fox University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$51,200
Mid-Career Pay$89,600
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees8%
14Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$48,000$86,10069%1%

14Concordia University-Portland
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$48,000
Mid-Career Pay$86,100
% High Meaning69%
% STEM Degrees1%
15Art, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$46,300$85,000N/A0%

15Pacific Northwest College of Art
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$46,300
Mid-Career Pay$85,000
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
16State SchoolBachelorsPublic$46,000$81,20054%6%

16Southern Oregon University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$46,000
Mid-Career Pay$81,200
% High Meaning54%
% STEM Degrees6%
17Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$45,200$81,10062%5%

17Northwest Christian University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$45,200
Mid-Career Pay$81,100
% High Meaning62%
% STEM Degrees5%
18Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$45,500$80,50058%10%

18Warner Pacific College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$45,500
Mid-Career Pay$80,500
% High Meaning58%
% STEM Degrees10%
19Business, Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$46,200$79,80063%0%

19Marylhurst University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$46,200
Mid-Career Pay$79,800
% High Meaning63%
% STEM Degrees0%
20State SchoolBachelorsPublic$44,500$79,30050%5%

20Western Oregon University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$44,500
Mid-Career Pay$79,300
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees5%
21Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$42,500$77,30063%1%

21Corban University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$42,500
Mid-Career Pay$77,300
% High Meaning63%
% STEM Degrees1%
22Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$40,500$76,40082%0%

22Multnomah University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$40,500
Mid-Career Pay$76,400
% High Meaning82%
% STEM Degrees0%
23State SchoolBachelorsPublic$44,000$73,90056%5%

23Eastern Oregon University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$44,000
Mid-Career Pay$73,900
% High Meaning56%
% STEM Degrees5%
24Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$34,200$61,600N/A0%

24New Hope Christian College-Eugene
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$34,200
Mid-Career Pay$61,600
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
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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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