Lexington, Ky. — PayScale, which generates compensation data and software, has ranked more than 1,500 colleges—nationally and by state—for the highest paid graduates with associate, bachelor’s and graduate degrees, based on average salaries early in their career and at the mid-career point.
In Kentucky, Centre College alumni with a bachelor’s degree earn the most on average, with $39,700 for early-career pay and $86,700 for mid-career pay.
Centre was followed by Bellarmine University ($42,000 early career, $82,700 mid-career), Thomas More College ($39,300, $78,700), UK ($45,800, $78,700), UofL ($43,200, $72,300), Murray State University ($40,100, $70,000), EKU ($39,800, $69,400), Northern Kentucky University ($43,300, $65,200), Western Kentucky University ($42,700, $63,500), Transylvania University ($37,700, $61,300), Morehead State University ($35,500, $59,700) and Sullivan University ($42,400, $56,600).
For graduate school alumni in Kentucky, those with an MBA from the University of Louisville College of Business earn the most on average, with $50,500 for early-career pay and $113,000 for mid-career pay.
The University of Kentucky Carol Martin Gatton College of Business and Economics was second, with MBA graduates earning the most during their early career, $58,800, but second most mid-career, at $107,000.
UofL students who earn a Master’s earn $52,800 early in their career and $87,100 mid-career. UK graduates with master’s earn $49,000 early in their career and $83,800 mid-career. Eastern Kentucky University graduates with a master’s degree earn $53,500 early career and $71,200 mid-career.
Among associate programs, EKU was No. 1, with graduates earning $41,600 early career and $51,500 mid-career. WKU was second ($29,100, $50,800), Sullivan was third ($32,400, $49,600) and Bluegrass Community and Technical College was fourth ($34,600, $47,700).