Best Colleges in Texas by Salary Potential

A bachelor’s degree is an investment in your future. This list ranks the top universities in Texas 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
1Private School, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$69,200$133,60049%43%

1Rice University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$69,200
Mid-Career Pay$133,600
% High Meaning49%
% STEM Degrees43%
2Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$61,900$122,90031%0%

2The King's University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$61,900
Mid-Career Pay$122,900
% High Meaning31%
% STEM Degrees0%
3Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$59,000$115,90053%30%

3Texas A & M University-College Station
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$59,000
Mid-Career Pay$115,900
% High Meaning53%
% STEM Degrees30%
4Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$59,100$111,40048%27%

4The University of Texas at Austin
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$59,100
Mid-Career Pay$111,400
% High Meaning48%
% STEM Degrees27%
5Private School, Religious, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$57,200$110,40047%22%

5Southern Methodist University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$57,200
Mid-Career Pay$110,400
% High Meaning47%
% STEM Degrees22%
6Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$55,700$104,30054%22%

6Texas Tech University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$55,700
Mid-Career Pay$104,300
% High Meaning54%
% STEM Degrees22%
7Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$53,400$104,10046%27%

7Trinity University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$53,400
Mid-Career Pay$104,100
% High Meaning46%
% STEM Degrees27%
8Private School, Religious, Research University, Sober School, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$53,900$101,80050%16%

8Baylor University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$53,900
Mid-Career Pay$101,800
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees16%
9Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$55,000$100,90050%24%

9University of Houston
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$55,000
Mid-Career Pay$100,900
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees24%
10Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$51,300$99,60048%16%

10University of Dallas
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$51,300
Mid-Career Pay$99,600
% High Meaning48%
% STEM Degrees16%
11Research University, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$55,500$98,80041%44%

11The University of Texas at Dallas
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$55,500
Mid-Career Pay$98,800
% High Meaning41%
% STEM Degrees44%
12Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$54,400$97,30056%22%

12The University of Texas at Arlington
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$54,400
Mid-Career Pay$97,300
% High Meaning56%
% STEM Degrees22%
13State SchoolBachelorsPublic$66,900$97,20078%14%

13The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$66,900
Mid-Career Pay$97,200
% High Meaning78%
% STEM Degrees14%
14Private School, Religious, Research University, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$54,700$97,00051%9%

14Texas Christian University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$54,700
Mid-Career Pay$97,000
% High Meaning51%
% STEM Degrees9%
15State SchoolBachelorsPublic$62,600$96,70086%3%

15The University of Texas Medical Branch
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$62,600
Mid-Career Pay$96,700
% High Meaning86%
% STEM Degrees3%
16Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$50,500$96,40062%17%

16St. Mary's University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$50,500
Mid-Career Pay$96,400
% High Meaning62%
% STEM Degrees17%
17Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$52,500$96,30056%16%

17Lamar University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$52,500
Mid-Career Pay$96,300
% High Meaning56%
% STEM Degrees16%
18State SchoolBachelorsPublic$59,500$94,400N/A0%

18The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$59,500
Mid-Career Pay$94,400
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
19Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$57,300$94,30064%22%

19Prairie View A & M University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$57,300
Mid-Career Pay$94,300
% High Meaning64%
% STEM Degrees22%
20State SchoolBachelorsPublic$49,800$93,80047%29%

20University of Houston-Clear Lake
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$49,800
Mid-Career Pay$93,800
% High Meaning47%
% STEM Degrees29%
21Engineering, Research University, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$52,200$93,60063%53%

21Texas A & M University-Kingsville
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$52,200
Mid-Career Pay$93,600
% High Meaning63%
% STEM Degrees53%
22State SchoolBachelorsPublic$61,300$93,20084%3%

22Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$61,300
Mid-Career Pay$93,200
% High Meaning84%
% STEM Degrees3%
23Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$56,800$91,70054%21%

23LeTourneau University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$56,800
Mid-Career Pay$91,700
% High Meaning54%
% STEM Degrees21%
24Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$47,700$91,50062%24%

24The University of Texas at El Paso
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$47,700
Mid-Career Pay$91,500
% High Meaning62%
% STEM Degrees24%
25Private School, Religious, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$48,300$91,20054%9%

25Abilene Christian University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$48,300
Mid-Career Pay$91,200
% High Meaning54%
% STEM Degrees9%
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Looking for the best colleges in Texas? Whether you’re looking for a school with school spirit and a great party scene, a sports-crazed fan base or a school with rigorous academic standards, you’ll find the right school for you in the Lone Star State. PayScale’s College Salary Report ranks Texas colleges by alumni salaries. This list includes salary data for alumni whose highest degree was a bachelor’s degree.

Believe it or not, among the best universities in Texas for median salary potential, is Rice University, a private not-for-profit school.

The University of Texas -Austin and Texas A and M University compete in football, but they also compete for high alumni salaries.

Many graduates from Texas Universities go on to work as Software or Mechanical Engineers, become Statisticians, or even go on to practice law.


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