Best Colleges in Wisconsin by Salary Potential

If you’re ready to get your bachelor’s degree, research the best colleges by alumni salary. These Wisconsin colleges have the highest-paid graduates.

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RankSchool NameSchool TypeEarly Career Pay
Mid-Career Pay
% High Meaning
% STEM Degrees
Rank:1School Name:Milwaukee School of EngineeringSchool Type:Engineering, Private SchoolEarly Career Pay:$65,700Mid-Career Pay:$117,600% High Meaning:50%% STEM Degrees:69%
Rank:2School Name:Marquette UniversitySchool Type:Private School, Religious, Research University, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$57,800Mid-Career Pay:$105,900% High Meaning:52%% STEM Degrees:25%
Rank:3School Name:University of Wisconsin-MadisonSchool Type:Party School, Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$57,300Mid-Career Pay:$104,400% High Meaning:48%% STEM Degrees:33%
Rank:4School Name:University of Wisconsin-PlattevilleSchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$56,800Mid-Career Pay:$100,300% High Meaning:50%% STEM Degrees:38%
Rank:5School Name:Lawrence UniversitySchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolEarly Career Pay:$51,500Mid-Career Pay:$98,800% High Meaning:58%% STEM Degrees:25%
Rank:6School Name:Bellin CollegeSchool Type:Private SchoolEarly Career Pay:$55,800Mid-Career Pay:$97,600% High Meaning:94%% STEM Degrees:0%
Rank:7School Name:University of Wisconsin-Eau ClaireSchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$52,100Mid-Career Pay:$93,600% High Meaning:46%% STEM Degrees:14%
Rank:8School Name:Marian University (Wisconsin)School Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$46,500Mid-Career Pay:$90,800% High Meaning:52%% STEM Degrees:2%
Rank:9School Name:University of Wisconsin-MilwaukeeSchool Type:Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$50,600Mid-Career Pay:$90,300% High Meaning:50%% STEM Degrees:17%
Rank:10School Name:Ripon CollegeSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolEarly Career Pay:$46,300Mid-Career Pay:$89,600% High Meaning:60%% STEM Degrees:26%
Rank:11School Name:University of Wisconsin-StoutSchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$50,400Mid-Career Pay:$89,500% High Meaning:47%% STEM Degrees:14%
Rank:12School Name:University of Wisconsin-WhitewaterSchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$48,900Mid-Career Pay:$89,300% High Meaning:44%% STEM Degrees:8%
Rank:13School Name:Saint Norbert CollegeSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$49,300Mid-Career Pay:$88,700% High Meaning:40%% STEM Degrees:15%
Rank:14School Name:University of Wisconsin-La CrosseSchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$49,600Mid-Career Pay:$88,300% High Meaning:53%% STEM Degrees:19%
Rank:15School Name:Edgewood CollegeSchool Type:Private School, Religious, Research UniversityEarly Career Pay:$49,500Mid-Career Pay:$87,500% High Meaning:54%% STEM Degrees:5%
Rank:16School Name:Carroll UniversitySchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$45,600Mid-Career Pay:$86,500% High Meaning:49%% STEM Degrees:14%
Rank:17School Name:Beloit CollegeSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolEarly Career Pay:$47,400Mid-Career Pay:$85,700% High Meaning:59%% STEM Degrees:24%
Rank:18School Name:Carthage CollegeSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$48,900Mid-Career Pay:$85,400% High Meaning:48%% STEM Degrees:17%
Rank:19School Name:University of Wisconsin-OshkoshSchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$47,700Mid-Career Pay:$84,300% High Meaning:52%% STEM Degrees:10%
Rank:20School Name:Cardinal Stritch UniversitySchool Type:Private School, Religious, Research UniversityEarly Career Pay:$47,000Mid-Career Pay:$82,500% High Meaning:51%% STEM Degrees:2%
Rank:20School Name:Wisconsin Lutheran CollegeSchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$46,200Mid-Career Pay:$82,500% High Meaning:45%% STEM Degrees:10%
Rank:22School Name:Viterbo UniversitySchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$46,800Mid-Career Pay:$81,900% High Meaning:62%% STEM Degrees:3%
Rank:23School Name:Concordia University-WisconsinSchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$46,700Mid-Career Pay:$81,600% High Meaning:61%% STEM Degrees:9%
Rank:24School Name:University of Wisconsin-ParksideSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$46,000Mid-Career Pay:$81,400% High Meaning:47%% STEM Degrees:17%
Rank:25School Name:University of Wisconsin-River FallsSchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$47,100Mid-Career Pay:$81,300% High Meaning:52%% STEM Degrees:14%

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Some of the highest-earning graduates on our list of Wisconsin schools earn their bachelor’s degrees from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. And a school with perennially high mid-year median salaries in Wisconsin is Marquette.

University of Wisconsin – Madison is the largest school; roughly 31,000 undergrads is a lot of Badgers, and about 90 percent would encourage prospective students to join them. Ripon College, a private liberal arts institution, has the smallest undergraduate population with about 1,000 students.

The dairy capital of the country, Wisconsin is home to more cows than any other state in the country, so it’s not surprising that agriculture is one the top industries. Also home to Summerfest, the largest music festival in the country, and Harley-Davidson, tourism is another important industry for the state.