Education

2021 Highest Paid Education Graduates

88,927 Bachelor's Degrees
$34,031 Avg Salary
$24,609 Avg Student Debt

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Highest Paid Education GraduatesIn 2018-2019, 88,927 education students received their bachelor's degrees, making the major the #10 most popular in the country. When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Highest Paid Education list to help you make the college decision.

This year's Highest Paid Education Graduates ranking analyzed 694 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in education.

In this ranking, we use early career salaries - salaries 10 years from when a student started college. This is the salary typically earned 4-6 years after graduation, but may be different depending on how long a person takes to complete their degree.

Comparing Average Salaries of Education Majors

After graduation, education majors from schools in the United States earn an average salary of $34,031 per year. If salary is one of the most important things on your career list, you may be disappointed to hear that this is 14% less than the salary of a typical college graduate.

Average Salary for Education Graduates from Schools Nationwide  34,031
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National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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2021 Highest Paid Education Grads in the United States

Learn more about the colleges and universities that produce the highest paid education graduates.

Top 25 Best Schools for Highly Paid Education Graduates

The College of New Jersey landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid education school. TCNJ is a moderately-sized public school located in the large suburb of Ewing.

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New York University

New York, NY

New York University comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. NYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York.

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Our rankings recognize Southern Methodist University as the #2 school in this year's rankings. SMU is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Dallas.

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#3

Rider University

Lawrenceville, NJ

Our rankings recognize Rider University as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Rider is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Lawrenceville.

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Our rankings recognize Southern Illinois University Carbondale as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small city of Carbondale, SIUC is a public college with a large student population.

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Washington University in St Louis landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid education school. Located in the large suburb of Saint Louis, WUSTL is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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#5

Tufts University

Medford, MA

Tufts University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Medford, Tufts is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

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Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX

Texas Christian University landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid education school. Located in the city of Fort Worth, TCU is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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Our rankings recognize Houston Baptist University as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Houston, HBU is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#7

Caldwell University

Caldwell, NJ

The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Caldwell University. Located in the large suburb of Caldwell, Caldwell is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#7

Hartwick College

Oneonta, NY

Hartwick College landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid education school. Located in the town of Oneonta, Hartwick is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#8

Monmouth University

West Long Branch, NJ

Monmouth University landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid education school. Located in the suburb of West Long Branch, Monmouth is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

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#9

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

Our rankings recognize University of Notre Dame as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Notre Dame is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Notre Dame.

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#9

Duke University

Durham, NC

Duke University comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Duke is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Durham.

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The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Dallas Baptist University. DBU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Dallas.

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#11

Brown University

Providence, RI

Our rankings recognize Brown University as the #11 school in this year's rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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University of Maryland - College Park comes in at #11 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of College Park, UMCP is a public school with a very large student population.

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#12

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN

Walden University comes in at #12 in this year's ranking. Walden University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the city of Minneapolis.

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Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC

Wake Forest University landed the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid education school. Wake Forest University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Winston-Salem.

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Villanova University

Villanova, PA

Villanova University landed the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid education school. Villanova is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Villanova.

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Baylor University

Waco, TX

The #13 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Baylor University. Located in the city of Waco, Baylor is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#14

Pratt Institute - Main

Brooklyn, NY

Pratt Institute - Main earned the #14 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Brooklyn, Pratt Institute is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

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Catholic University of America landed the #14 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid education school. CUA is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Washington.

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#15

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA

Our rankings recognize Bucknell University as the #15 school in this year's rankings. Located in the town of Lewisburg, Bucknell is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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Centenary University

Hackettstown, NJ

Our rankings recognize Centenary University as the #15 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large suburb of Hackettstown, Centenary is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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Rest of the Top 50 Schools for Highest Paid Education Graduates

#26

Hood College

Frederick, MD
#28

Northwest University

Kirkland, WA
#29

University of the Pacific

Stockton, CA
#31

Ithaca College

Ithaca, NY
#32

Kean University

Union, NJ

#36

University of Delaware

Newark, DE
#37

Heritage University

Toppenish, WA

#42

Loyola University Maryland

Baltimore, MD

#44

Salisbury University

Salisbury, MD
#46

Hunter College

New York, NY
#50

University of Louisville

Louisville, KY

Additional Award Winners

This list shows the rest of the colleges awarded a Highest Paid Education Graduates badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 694 different United States education schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Lebanon Valley College Annville, PA
52 Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA
53 Florida Southern College Lakeland, FL
54 Stetson University DeLand, FL
55 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
56 Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
57 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
58 SUNY Potsdam Potsdam, NY
59 SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, NY
60 University of South Florida - St. Petersburg St. Petersburg, FL
61 University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Sarasota, FL
62 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
63 Regent University Virginia Beach, VA
64 Drake University Des Moines, IA
65 Westminster College Utah Salt Lake City, UT
66 Cardinal Stritch University Milwaukee, WI
67 Metropolitan State University of Denver Denver, CO
68 Elizabethtown College Elizabethtown, PA
69 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
70 University of Hawaii at Manoa Honolulu, HI
71 Providence College Providence, RI
72 College of Central Florida Ocala, FL
73 University of Portland Portland, OR
74 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
75 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
76 Gustavus Adolphus College Saint Peter, MN
77 The University of Tampa Tampa, FL
78 Dickinson State University Dickinson, ND
79 Whitworth University - Adult Degree Programs Spokane, WA
80 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
81 Louisiana State University - Alexandria Alexandria, LA
82 Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL
83 Whitworth University Spokane, WA
84 Iowa State University Ames, IA
85 University of New Orleans New Orleans, LA
86 Louisiana State University - Shreveport Shreveport, LA
87 University of North Florida Jacksonville, FL
88 Louisiana Tech University Ruston, LA
89 University of Nevada - Reno Reno, NV
90 Daytona State College Daytona Beach, FL
91 Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Tallahassee, FL
92 Mount Marty University Yankton, SD
93 Wartburg College Waverly, IA
94 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
95 Stonehill College Easton, MA
96 Saint Edward’s University Austin, TX
97 Northwestern State University of Louisiana Natchitoches, LA
98 Berry College Mount Berry, GA
99 Concordia University, Chicago River Forest, IL
100 North Central College Naperville, IL
101 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
102 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
103 University of Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
104 DePaul University Chicago, IL

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Highest Paid Education Graduates award.

Rank College Location
105 Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers, FL
106 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
107 Concordia College at Moorhead Moorhead, MN
108 Indiana University - Purdue University - Fort Wayne Fort Wayne, IN
109 Saint Leo University Saint Leo, FL
110 Morningside College Sioux City, IA
111 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
112 Illinois State University Normal, IL
113 Trinity International University - Illinois Deerfield, IL
114 Trinity International University - Florida Miramar, FL
115 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
116 Northern State University Aberdeen, SD
117 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
118 Boston University Boston, MA
119 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL
120 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
121 Linfield University - McMinnville Campus McMinnville, OR
122 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
123 Black Hills State University Spearfish, SD
124 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
125 University of Georgia Athens, GA
126 Elon University Elon, NC
127 University of Louisiana at Monroe Monroe, LA
128 Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, GA
129 Lipscomb University Nashville, TN
130 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
131 Elmhurst University Elmhurst, IL
132 Minot State University Minot, ND
133 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
134 St Petersburg College Clearwater, FL
135 Carthage College Kenosha, WI
136 Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
137 Indian River State College Fort Pierce, FL
138 Edgewood College Madison, WI

Education by Region

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Southwest
Great Lakes

Education Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 50,540
Teacher Education Subject Specific 21,322
Special Education 8,866
General Education 4,523
Other Education 1,730

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 154,751
Psychology 123,980
Communication & Journalism 96,549
History 25,943
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 24,420

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Notes and References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Horadrim.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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