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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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
1For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$58,800$107,20063%19%

1Citadel Military College of South Carolina
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$58,800
Mid-Career Pay$107,200
% High Meaning63%
% STEM Degrees19%
2Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$56,300$104,10051%39%

2Clemson University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$56,300
Mid-Career Pay$104,100
% High Meaning51%
% STEM Degrees39%
3Liberal Arts School, Private School, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$49,600$103,00049%16%

3Furman
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$49,600
Mid-Career Pay$103,000
% High Meaning49%
% STEM Degrees16%
4Liberal Arts School, Private School, Religious, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$49,300$100,60050%28%

4Wofford College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$49,300
Mid-Career Pay$100,600
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees28%
5Liberal Arts School, Private School, Religious, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$46,800$91,90060%14%

5Presbyterian College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$46,800
Mid-Career Pay$91,900
% High Meaning60%
% STEM Degrees14%
6Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$49,000$87,50051%20%

6University of South Carolina-Columbia
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$49,000
Mid-Career Pay$87,500
% High Meaning51%
% STEM Degrees20%
7State SchoolBachelorsPublic$57,600$86,00089%6%

7Medical University of South Carolina
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$57,600
Mid-Career Pay$86,000
% High Meaning89%
% STEM Degrees6%
8For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$46,000$82,40044%20%

8College of Charleston
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$46,000
Mid-Career Pay$82,400
% High Meaning44%
% STEM Degrees20%
9For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$45,300$79,90052%13%

9University of South Carolina-Upstate
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$45,300
Mid-Career Pay$79,900
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees13%
10For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$44,000$79,80072%16%

10South Carolina State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$44,000
Mid-Career Pay$79,800
% High Meaning72%
% STEM Degrees16%
11For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$43,200$78,30048%9%

11Winthrop University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$43,200
Mid-Career Pay$78,300
% High Meaning48%
% STEM Degrees9%
12State SchoolBachelorsPublic$41,900$76,50058%18%

12Francis Marion University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$41,900
Mid-Career Pay$76,500
% High Meaning58%
% STEM Degrees18%
13State SchoolBachelorsPublic$41,700$76,30054%9%

13Lander University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$41,700
Mid-Career Pay$76,300
% High Meaning54%
% STEM Degrees9%
14Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$43,800$74,90057%28%

14Erskine College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$43,800
Mid-Career Pay$74,900
% High Meaning57%
% STEM Degrees28%
15State SchoolBachelorsPublic$43,000$73,600N/A7%

15University of South Carolina-Beaufort
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$43,000
Mid-Career Pay$73,600
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees7%
16Private School, Religious, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$42,600$72,50063%9%

16Charleston Southern University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$42,600
Mid-Career Pay$72,500
% High Meaning63%
% STEM Degrees9%
17For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$43,600$72,40048%14%

17Coastal Carolina University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$43,600
Mid-Career Pay$72,400
% High Meaning48%
% STEM Degrees14%
18Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$43,200$72,00055%10%

18Limestone College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$43,200
Mid-Career Pay$72,000
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees10%
19Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$38,000$71,80066%8%

19Converse College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$38,000
Mid-Career Pay$71,800
% High Meaning66%
% STEM Degrees8%
20Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$42,900$71,10054%5%

20Southern Wesleyan University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$42,900
Mid-Career Pay$71,100
% High Meaning54%
% STEM Degrees5%
21Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$40,800$71,00053%14%

21Newberry College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$40,800
Mid-Career Pay$71,000
% High Meaning53%
% STEM Degrees14%
22State SchoolBachelorsPublic$41,100$70,30058%10%

22University of South Carolina-Aiken
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$41,100
Mid-Career Pay$70,300
% High Meaning58%
% STEM Degrees10%
23Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$36,900$65,40055%4%

23North Greenville University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$36,900
Mid-Career Pay$65,400
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees4%
24Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$35,200$64,300N/A21%

24Voorhees College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$35,200
Mid-Career Pay$64,300
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees21%
25Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$39,500$63,60051%4%

25Anderson University (South Carolina)
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$39,500
Mid-Career Pay$63,600
% High Meaning51%
% STEM Degrees4%
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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.


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