Best Colleges in South Carolina by Salary Potential

Thinking of getting your bachelor’s degree? Before you invest your time and money, check out South Carolina colleges with the highest-paid graduates.

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RankSchool NameSchool TypeEarly Career Pay
Mid-Career Pay
% High Meaning
% STEM Degrees
Rank:1School Name:Citadel Military College of South CarolinaSchool Type:For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$60,400Mid-Career Pay:$108,100% High Meaning:62%% STEM Degrees:19%
Rank:2School Name:Clemson UniversitySchool Type:Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$57,500Mid-Career Pay:$106,700% High Meaning:50%% STEM Degrees:39%
Rank:3School Name:FurmanSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private School, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$52,100Mid-Career Pay:$98,800% High Meaning:48%% STEM Degrees:16%
Rank:4School Name:Wofford CollegeSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private School, Religious, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$51,300Mid-Career Pay:$96,600% High Meaning:51%% STEM Degrees:28%
Rank:5School Name:Medical University of South CarolinaSchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$54,800Mid-Career Pay:$92,700% High Meaning:88%% STEM Degrees:6%
Rank:6School Name:University of South Carolina-ColumbiaSchool Type:Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$50,300Mid-Career Pay:$89,900% High Meaning:52%% STEM Degrees:20%
Rank:6School Name:Presbyterian CollegeSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private School, Religious, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$48,800Mid-Career Pay:$89,900% High Meaning:57%% STEM Degrees:14%
Rank:8School Name:College of CharlestonSchool Type:For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$47,300Mid-Career Pay:$85,100% High Meaning:44%% STEM Degrees:20%
Rank:9School Name:University of South Carolina-UpstateSchool Type:For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$46,000Mid-Career Pay:$81,400% High Meaning:50%% STEM Degrees:13%
Rank:10School Name:South Carolina State UniversitySchool Type:For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$44,500Mid-Career Pay:$80,800% High Meaning:71%% STEM Degrees:16%
Rank:11School Name:Winthrop UniversitySchool Type:For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$44,300Mid-Career Pay:$79,700% High Meaning:49%% STEM Degrees:9%
Rank:12School Name:Erskine CollegeSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$43,500Mid-Career Pay:$78,000% High Meaning:57%% STEM Degrees:28%
Rank:13School Name:Coastal Carolina UniversitySchool Type:For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$44,700Mid-Career Pay:$77,600% High Meaning:48%% STEM Degrees:14%
Rank:13School Name:Francis Marion UniversitySchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$42,900Mid-Career Pay:$77,600% High Meaning:58%% STEM Degrees:18%
Rank:15School Name:Lander UniversitySchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$42,600Mid-Career Pay:$77,100% High Meaning:54%% STEM Degrees:9%
Rank:16School Name:Limestone CollegeSchool Type:Private SchoolEarly Career Pay:$42,100Mid-Career Pay:$76,500% High Meaning:57%% STEM Degrees:10%
Rank:17School Name:Charleston Southern UniversitySchool Type:Private School, Religious, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$42,800Mid-Career Pay:$76,300% High Meaning:65%% STEM Degrees:9%
Rank:18School Name:University of South Carolina-AikenSchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$41,600Mid-Career Pay:$75,100% High Meaning:58%% STEM Degrees:10%
Rank:19School Name:Newberry CollegeSchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$41,200Mid-Career Pay:$74,700% High Meaning:54%% STEM Degrees:14%
Rank:20School Name:Southern Wesleyan UniversitySchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$42,900Mid-Career Pay:$74,600% High Meaning:52%% STEM Degrees:5%
Rank:21School Name:Converse CollegeSchool Type:Private SchoolEarly Career Pay:$39,000Mid-Career Pay:$71,000% High Meaning:60%% STEM Degrees:8%
Rank:22School Name:Anderson University (South Carolina)School Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$39,900Mid-Career Pay:$70,100% High Meaning:51%% STEM Degrees:5%
Rank:23School Name:Columbia College (South Carolina)School Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$39,200Mid-Career Pay:$68,300% High Meaning:56%% STEM Degrees:6%
Rank:24School Name:Benedict CollegeSchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$38,100Mid-Career Pay:$67,500% High Meaning:61%% STEM Degrees:19%
Rank:25School Name:Columbia International UniversitySchool Type:Private SchoolEarly Career Pay:$36,600Mid-Career Pay:$66,200% High Meaning:62%% STEM Degrees:0%

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PayScale’s College Salary Report has salary data for alumni who earn Bachelor’s degrees from more than a dozen colleges in South Carolina. Some of the more notable schools include Clemson University, Furman University and University of South Carolina — the "other" USC.

The best universities in South Carolina for early career median salary include The Citadel — Military College of South Carolina and Clemson University.

On the low end of the spectrum, Francis Marion University has median early and mid-career salaries, and only half of its students find a high significance and meaning in their jobs.

Jobs For Graduates of Top Colleges in South Carolina
One of the most popular fields for graduates in South Carolina seems to be engineering — in one form or another. Students will popularly go on to be Civil, Electrical, Process, Mechanical, and even Software Engineers.