The Colleges With The Highest Earning Graduates In Each State For 2021

By Chris Kolmar - Aug. 18, 2021

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It’s that time of year again, when everyone takes the jump from college to the big leagues of the working world. After all, the whole point is to leave college with the skills needed to earn a high paying job. College loans do need to be paid off at the end of the day.

To help with that calculation, Zippia researched a list of the top school in each state in terms of what graduates typically earn — looking specifically at the average of earnings ten years post enrollment. As always, our data comes from the College Scorecard who just updated their dataset for this year. You can see our lists of colleges with the highest earning graduates in each state for 2018 and 2017 for reference points.

Below is a list of each state’s highest earner in a table, but first, here are the colleges with the highest earning graduates:

  1. New York – SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  2. Massachusetts – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  3. California – Stanford University
  4. Texas – The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
  5. Pennsylvania – University of Pennsylvania
  6. Illinois – Rush University
  7. Connecticut – Yale University
  8. Louisiana – Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-Shreveport
  9. New Jersey – Princeton University
  10. Oregon – Oregon Health amp; Science University

Using the Department of Education College Scorecard data, we searched for the college in each state with the highest average earnings for students ten years post enrollment. We limited the dataset to accredited, not-for-profit intuitions that are predominately undergraduate.

Then, we sorted every college in the country from highest average salary to the lowest that had data on available for both data points.

Finally, we selected the college with the highest earning graduates in each state. We display the average earnings along with each college below.

Ok, that’s it! Now, onto the list.

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Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar is a co-founder of Zippia and the editor-in-chief of the Zippia career advice blog. He has hired over 50 people in his career, been hired five times, and wants to help you land your next job. His research has been featured on the New York Times, Thrillist, VOX, The Atlantic, and a host of local news. More recently, he's been quoted on USA Today, BusinessInsider, and CNBC.

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