Best Colleges in Colorado by Salary Potential

Colorado is home to several four-year colleges. Which ones are the top universities by alumni salary? Find out here.

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RankSchool NameSchool TypeEarly Career Pay
Mid-Career Pay
% High Meaning
% STEM Degrees
Rank:1School Name:Colorado School of MinesSchool Type:Engineering, Research University, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$79,300Mid-Career Pay:$148,700% High Meaning:59%% STEM Degrees:96%
Rank:2School Name:United States Air Force AcademySchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Sober School, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$80,100Mid-Career Pay:$148,600% High Meaning:65%% STEM Degrees:40%
Rank:3School Name:University of Colorado BoulderSchool Type:Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$62,400Mid-Career Pay:$119,900% High Meaning:48%% STEM Degrees:40%
Rank:4School Name:University of DenverSchool Type:Private School, Research University, For Sports FansEarly Career Pay:$60,300Mid-Career Pay:$114,000% High Meaning:48%% STEM Degrees:13%
Rank:5School Name:Colorado CollegeSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, Private SchoolEarly Career Pay:$58,300Mid-Career Pay:$107,700% High Meaning:49%% STEM Degrees:32%
Rank:6School Name:Colorado State University-Fort CollinsSchool Type:Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$57,800Mid-Career Pay:$103,600% High Meaning:52%% STEM Degrees:31%
Rank:7School Name:University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical CampusSchool Type:Research University, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$57,500Mid-Career Pay:$101,600% High Meaning:54%% STEM Degrees:17%
Rank:8School Name:Regis UniversitySchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$59,800Mid-Career Pay:$98,200% High Meaning:60%% STEM Degrees:14%
Rank:9School Name:University of Colorado Colorado SpringsSchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$56,100Mid-Career Pay:$96,800% High Meaning:54%% STEM Degrees:23%
Rank:10School Name:Colorado State University PuebloSchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$51,800Mid-Career Pay:$91,300% High Meaning:64%% STEM Degrees:13%
Rank:11School Name:Metropolitan State University of DenverSchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$53,800Mid-Career Pay:$90,600% High Meaning:52%% STEM Degrees:12%
Rank:12School Name:University of Northern ColoradoSchool Type:Research University, For Sports Fans, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$51,500Mid-Career Pay:$90,300% High Meaning:55%% STEM Degrees:8%
Rank:13School Name:Western Colorado UniversitySchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$50,100Mid-Career Pay:$84,000% High Meaning:53%% STEM Degrees:17%
Rank:14School Name:Adams State UniversitySchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$47,300Mid-Career Pay:$83,900% High Meaning:48%% STEM Degrees:3%
Rank:15School Name:Johnson & Wales University-DenverSchool Type:Private SchoolEarly Career Pay:$44,900Mid-Career Pay:$83,800% High Meaning:46%% STEM Degrees:0%
Rank:16School Name:Fort Lewis CollegeSchool Type:Liberal Arts School, State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$51,400Mid-Career Pay:$83,400% High Meaning:57%% STEM Degrees:15%
Rank:17School Name:Colorado Mesa UniversitySchool Type:State SchoolEarly Career Pay:$51,800Mid-Career Pay:$80,900% High Meaning:59%% STEM Degrees:8%
Rank:18School Name:Colorado Christian UniversitySchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$52,200Mid-Career Pay:$78,700% High Meaning:72%% STEM Degrees:2%
Rank:19School Name:Nazarene Bible CollegeSchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$39,800Mid-Career Pay:$62,600% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:0%

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The best colleges in Colorado are included in Payscale’s College Salary Report. Some of the most notable are Colorado College, University of Colorado, and Colorado State University.

Graduates from the Colorado School of Mines often earn one of the highest early career salaries, but considering the fact that a whopping near-100 percent of students major in a science, technology, engineering or math subject, it’s no surprise that alumni quickly find high salaries right out of school. However, graduates from the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) who end up working in civilian careers go on to make high salaries at mid-career. For what it’s worth, both schools are also overwhelmingly male.

Many graduates from Colorado’s colleges go on to work for employers such as the University of Colorado at Boulder; Lockheed Martin Space Systems; Peterson AFB; Denver International Airport; Rooftop Restoration; Exempla St. Joseph Hospital; and IBM.

The Centennial State is famous for its many 14,000-foot mountains, and is home to Rocky Mountain National Park, a 415 square-mile wonderland of hiking and climbing goodness.