Best Colleges in Virginia by Salary Potential

Not all bachelor degree grads earn similar salaries. Before enrolling, learn which Virginia university is the best college by alumni salary potential.

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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$63,200$130,40040%18%

1Washington and Lee University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$63,200
Mid-Career Pay$130,400
% High Meaning40%
% STEM Degrees18%
2Liberal Arts School, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$63,900$121,60068%47%

2Virginia Military Institute
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$63,900
Mid-Career Pay$121,600
% High Meaning68%
% STEM Degrees47%
3Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$62,300$119,90046%23%

3University of Virginia-Main Campus
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$62,300
Mid-Career Pay$119,900
% High Meaning46%
% STEM Degrees23%
4Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$55,800$114,00052%20%

4Hampden-Sydney College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$55,800
Mid-Career Pay$114,000
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees20%
5Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$57,100$113,60044%21%

5College of William and Mary
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$57,100
Mid-Career Pay$113,600
% High Meaning44%
% STEM Degrees21%
6Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$60,900$112,80048%42%

6Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$60,900
Mid-Career Pay$112,800
% High Meaning48%
% STEM Degrees42%
7Liberal Arts School, Private School, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$57,900$109,00046%13%

7University of Richmond
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$57,900
Mid-Career Pay$109,000
% High Meaning46%
% STEM Degrees13%
8Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$57,200$106,20048%23%

8George Mason University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$57,200
Mid-Career Pay$106,200
% High Meaning48%
% STEM Degrees23%
9For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$55,800$103,20042%12%

9James Madison University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$55,800
Mid-Career Pay$103,200
% High Meaning42%
% STEM Degrees12%
10State SchoolBachelorsPublic$52,600$95,50047%17%

10University of Mary Washington
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$52,600
Mid-Career Pay$95,500
% High Meaning47%
% STEM Degrees17%
11Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$46,600$89,90057%11%

11Lynchburg College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$46,600
Mid-Career Pay$89,900
% High Meaning57%
% STEM Degrees11%
12Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$56,300$89,80085%1%

12Jefferson College of Health Sciences
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$56,300
Mid-Career Pay$89,800
% High Meaning85%
% STEM Degrees1%
13Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$51,000$89,10044%15%

13Marymount University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$51,000
Mid-Career Pay$89,100
% High Meaning44%
% STEM Degrees15%
14Private School, For Sports FansBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$51,700$88,90060%12%

14Hampton University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$51,700
Mid-Career Pay$88,900
% High Meaning60%
% STEM Degrees12%
15Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$48,900$87,80052%19%

15Old Dominion University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$48,900
Mid-Career Pay$87,800
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees19%
16Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$45,100$87,50042%21%

16Randolph-Macon College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$45,100
Mid-Career Pay$87,500
% High Meaning42%
% STEM Degrees21%
17Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$45,300$87,20049%23%

17Randolph College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$45,300
Mid-Career Pay$87,200
% High Meaning49%
% STEM Degrees23%
18Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$41,500$85,80058%6%

18Ferrum College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$41,500
Mid-Career Pay$85,800
% High Meaning58%
% STEM Degrees6%
19Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$48,900$85,20053%18%

19Virginia Commonwealth University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$48,900
Mid-Career Pay$85,200
% High Meaning53%
% STEM Degrees18%
20State SchoolBachelorsPublic$49,600$84,00056%25%

20Christopher Newport University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$49,600
Mid-Career Pay$84,000
% High Meaning56%
% STEM Degrees25%
21Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$40,900$81,90044%12%

21Hollins University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$40,900
Mid-Career Pay$81,900
% High Meaning44%
% STEM Degrees12%
22Private School, Religious, Research UniversityBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$48,200$81,40059%7%

22Shenandoah University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$48,200
Mid-Career Pay$81,400
% High Meaning59%
% STEM Degrees7%
23For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$47,800$81,20052%10%

23Radford University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$47,800
Mid-Career Pay$81,200
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees10%
24For Sports Fans, State SchoolBachelorsPublic$46,000$80,00053%9%

24Longwood University
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$46,000
Mid-Career Pay$80,000
% High Meaning53%
% STEM Degrees9%
25Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousBachelorsPrivate not-for-profit$47,400$79,50052%18%

25Roanoke College
Degree TypeBachelors
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$47,400
Mid-Career Pay$79,500
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees18%
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Famous colleges in Virginia include the College of William and Mary, Virginia Tech, and Virginia Commonwealth University, and the state is home to more than 60 colleges and universities. PayScale’s College Salary Report has salary information for students graduating with bachelor’s degrees from several of those colleges to help you find the Virginia colleges with highest-paid graduates.

Robert F. Kennedy, Tina Fey, Katie Couric and Edgar Allen Poe may not seem to have much in common, but they’re all graduates from University of Virginia in Charlottesville. As diverse as alumni from this university are, they love their school; nine out of ten alumni recommend their school, making it the most popular school on the list.

Liberty University is by far the largest school with over 47,000 undergraduates. This is especially true compared to Averett University, where fewer than 1,000 undergrads attend.

The College of William and Mary is not only one of Virginia’s most well-known schools, it is also the second oldest college in the country. Rivals of Old Dominion University, The College of William and Mary was founded in 1693 and is the alma mater of Jon Stewart, Mike Leach, and Steve Christie.

While a fourth of Virginians work for the government, many others work in aerospace, IT and energy fields.


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