The 18 public colleges where students go on to earn the most money

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Students graduate from UC Berkeley.
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Elena Zhukova/UC Berkeley/Facebook

For students looking to save money on college tuition, public schools can be a great option.

As the following list indicates, students who attend public universities can go on to make quite a lot of money, too.

PayScale, the creator of the world’s largest compensation database, recently looked at the starting and mid-career pay for over a million college grads – including professionals who graduated with a bachelor’s from 963 colleges and universities.

For its College Salary Report, which was compiled using data from employees who successfully completed PayScale’s employee survey, PayScale sorted the results by college major, degree, college, and type of school.

Here are the public colleges where students with a bachelor’s degree go on to earn the most money 10-plus years into their career:


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Facebook/Texas A&M University

17. (tie) Texas A&M University

Early career median pay: $54,400

Mid-career median pay: $99,700

Alumni who believe their work makes the world a better place: 52%

Undergraduate enrollment: 7,550


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Facebook/NewJerseyInstituteofTechnology

17. (tie) New Jersey Institute of Technology

Early career median pay: $57,100

Mid-career median pay: $99,700

Alumni who believe their work makes the world a better place: 53%

Undergraduate enrollment: 47,093


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Massachusetts Maritime Academy/flickr

16. Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Early career median pay: $58,900

Mid-career median pay: $100,000

Alumni who believe their work makes the world a better place: 50%

Undergraduate enrollment: 1,401


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Facebook/ucsb.engineering

13. (tie) University of California, Santa Barbara

Early career median pay: $50,400

Mid-career median pay: $101,000

Alumni who believe their work makes the world a better place: 52%

Undergraduate enrollment: 20,238


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South Dakota School of Mines and Technology/Facebook

13. (tie) South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

Early career median pay: $63,000

Mid-career median pay: $101,000

Alumni who believe their work makes the world a better place: 64%

Undergraduate enrollment: 2,471


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Missouri University of Science and Technology/Facebook

13. (tie) Missouri University of Science and Technology

Early career median pay: $63,400

Mid-career median pay: $101,000

Alumni who believe their work makes the world a better place: 53%

Undergraduate enrollment: 6,520


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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign/Facebook

10. (tie) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Early career median pay: $58,100

Mid-career median pay: $102,000

Alumni who believe their work makes the world a better place: 48%

Undergraduate enrollment: 32,959


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Michigan Technological University/Facebook

10. (tie) Michigan Technological University

Early career median pay: $63,000

Mid-career median pay: $102,000

Alumni who believe their work makes the world a better place: 48%

Undergraduate enrollment: 5,658


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California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly)/Facebook

10. (tie) California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Early career median pay: $59,300

Mid-career median pay: $102,000

Alumni who believe their work makes the world a better place: 52%

Undergraduate enrollment: 19,246


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Wikimedia Commons

8. (tie) Virginia Military Institute

Early career median pay: $54,100

Mid-career median pay: $108,000

Alumni who believe their work makes the world a better place: 46%

Undergraduate enrollment:1,700


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Wikimedia Commons

8. (tie) University of California, San Diego

Early career median pay: $54,400

Mid-career median pay: $108,000

Alumni who believe their work makes the world a better place: 61%

Undergraduate enrollment: 24,810


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UC Berkeley/Facebook

6. (tie) University of California, Berkeley

Early career median pay: $60,500

Mid-career median pay: $112,000

Alumni who believe their work makes the world a better place: 55%

Undergraduate enrollment: 27,126


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Wikimedia Commons

6. (tie) Georgia Institute of Technology

Early career median pay: $65,300

Mid-career median pay: $112,000

Alumni who believe their work makes the world a better place: 48%

Undergraduate enrollment: 14,682


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Colorado School of Mines/Facebook

5. Colorado School of Mines

Early career median pay: $65,200

Mid-career median pay: $114,000

Alumni who believe their work makes the world a better place: 55%

Undergraduate enrollment: 4,456


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Wikimedia Commons

4. United States Air Force Academy

Early career median pay: $68,800

Mid-career median pay: $124,000

Alumni who believe their work makes the world a better place: 63%

Undergraduate enrollment: 3,952


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Wikimedia Commons

3. United States Naval Academy at Annapolis

Early career median pay: $72,900

Mid-career median pay: $125,000

Alumni who believe their work makes the world a better place: 65%

Undergraduate enrollment: 4,511


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Wikimedia Commons

2. United States Military Academy at West Point

Early career median pay: $76,000

Mid-career median pay: $126,000

Alumni who believe their work makes the world a better place: 72%

Undergraduate enrollment: 4,414


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SUNY Maritime College/Facebook

1. SUNY – Maritime College

Early career median pay: $69,700

Mid-career median pay: $144,000

Alumni who believe their work makes the world a better place: 47%

Undergraduate enrollment: 1,641