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Public colleges where graduates earn over $55K right out of school

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    Public colleges where graduates earn over $55K right out of school

    Despite an improving economy, finding a well-paying job after getting a college degree remains a challenge. The recession decimated the economy in the late 2000s, which led to thousands of companies outsourcing or automating the entry-level jobs that once served to help recent grads start climbing the career ladder. Older, unemployed professionals applied for many of these so-called entry-level positions, resulting in stiff competition within the job pool. Many entry-level positions now require three years experience or more working in-field. Some have turned to unpaid internships to get the experience needed to land their dream job, but many argue that forcing people to work without pay exploits their labor.

    Luckily, not all college grads face this struggle. Plenty of state-funded public colleges feature high job placement rates—at a fraction of the cost of private institutions. Stacker used data from the Payscale Salary Survey to determine which public colleges had alumni that earned the most right after they received their diplomas. Payscale surveyed millions of graduates to determine their median salary in the first five years after graduation. Only graduates from four-year bachelor’s degree programs are included in these numbers. University location, undergraduate enrollment size and median salary 10 years after graduation are included to give more context about each school and their long-term impact.

    From state flagships to military academies, schools of every size on every coast are setting up their graduates to succeed. Click through to see if you recognize any on the list.

    ALSO: College majors that go on to earn the most money

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    #50. CUNY Bernard M Baruch College

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $57,100
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $107,600
    Undergraduate enrollment: 15,210
    Location: New York, NY

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    #49. George Mason University

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $57,200
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $106,200
    Undergraduate enrollment: 23,817
    Location: Fairfax, VA

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    #48. The College of New Jersey

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $57,200
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $101,000
    Undergraduate enrollment: 6,787
    Location: Ewing, NJ

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    #47. University of Oklahoma-Health Sciences Center

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $57,200
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $98,300
    Undergraduate enrollment: 774
    Location: Oklahoma City, OK

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    #46. University of California-Santa Barbara

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $57,300
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $121,500
    Undergraduate enrollment: 21,574
    Location: Santa Barbara, CA

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    #45. Prairie View A&M University

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $57,300
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $94,300
    Undergraduate enrollment: 7,417
    Location: Prairie View, TX

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    #44. Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $57,300
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $103,100
    Undergraduate enrollment: 41,359
    Location: University Park, PA

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    #43. University of Massachusetts-Lowell

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $57,400
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $107,300
    Undergraduate enrollment: 13,637
    Location: Lowell, MA

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    #42. Medical University of South Carolina

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $57,600
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $86,000
    Undergraduate enrollment: 305
    Location: Charleston, SC

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    #41. University of Connecticut

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $57,700
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $102,700
    Undergraduate enrollment: 19,324
    Location: Storrs, CT

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    #40. University of California-Irvine

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $57,700
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $121,800
    Undergraduate enrollment: 27,331
    Location: Irvine, CA

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    #39. Rutgers University-New Brunswick

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $57,800
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $111,600
    Undergraduate enrollment: 36,168
    Location: New Brunswick, NJ

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    #38. Upstate Medical University

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $57,900
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $89,800
    Undergraduate enrollment: 154
    Location: Syracuse, NY

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    #37. University of Washington-Bothell Campus

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $58,200
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $104,100
    Undergraduate enrollment: 5,112
    Location: Bothell, WA

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    #36. Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Erie-Behrend College

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $58,200
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $90,700
    Undergraduate enrollment: 4,420
    Location: Erie, PA

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    #35. University of Alaska Fairbanks

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $58,500
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $97,200
    Undergraduate enrollment: 7,162
    Location: Fairbanks, AK

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    #34. Citadel Military College of South Carolina

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $58,800
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $107,200
    Undergraduate enrollment: 2,773
    Location: Charleston, SC

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    #33. Binghamton University

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $58,900
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $111,200
    Undergraduate enrollment: 13,632
    Location: Vestal, NY

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    #32. Texas A&M University-College Station

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $59,000
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $115,900
    Undergraduate enrollment: 50,735
    Location: College Station, TX

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    #31. Bismarck State College

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $61,100
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $102,600
    Undergraduate enrollment: 3,976
    Location: Bismarck, ND

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    #30. San Jose State University

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $61,300
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $112,400
    Undergraduate enrollment: 26,432
    Location: San Jose, CA

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    #29. University of California-San Diego

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $61,300
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $126,800
    Undergraduate enrollment: 28,127
    Location: La Jolla, CA

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    #28. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $61,300
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $93,200
    Undergraduate enrollment: 1,281
    Location: Lubbock, TX

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    #27. Montana Tech of the University of Montana

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $61,900
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $107,200
    Undergraduate enrollment: 1,817
    Location: Butte, MT

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    #26. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $62,000
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $107,900
    Undergraduate enrollment: 28,983
    Location: Ann Arbor, MI

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    #25. University of Virginia-Main Campus

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $62,300
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $119,900
    Undergraduate enrollment: 16,331
    Location: Charlottesville, VA

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    #24. New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $62,500
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $121,500
    Undergraduate enrollment: 1,569
    Location: Socorro, NM

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    #23. The University of Texas Medical Branch

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $62,600
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $96,700
    Undergraduate enrollment: 628
    Location: Galveston, TX

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    #22. University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $62,800
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $102,600
    Undergraduate enrollment: 12,000
    Location: Mayaguez, PR

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    #21. New Jersey Institute of Technology

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $62,800
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $121,100
    Undergraduate enrollment: 8,211
    Location: Newark, NJ

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    #20. California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $63,500
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $118,000
    Undergraduate enrollment: 20,426
    Location: San Luis Obispo, CA

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    #19. Virginia Military Institute

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $63,900
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $121,600
    Undergraduate enrollment: 1,713
    Location: Lexington, VA

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    #18. Michigan Technological University

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $64,600
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $110,200
    Undergraduate enrollment: 5,811
    Location: Houghton, MI

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    #17. South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $65,800
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $113,700
    Undergraduate enrollment: 2,435
    Location: Rapid City, SD

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    #16. United States Coast Guard Academy

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $66,400
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $110,900
    Undergraduate enrollment: 986
    Location: New London, CT

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    #15. Maine Maritime Academy

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $66,700
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $119,900
    Undergraduate enrollment: 1,014
    Location: Castine, ME

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    #14. Missouri University of Science and Technology

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $66,700
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $116,400
    Undergraduate enrollment: 6,906
    Location: Rolla, MO

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    #13. The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $66,900
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $97,200
    Undergraduate enrollment: not available
    Location: Houston, TX

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    #12. SUNY Downstate Medical Center

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $67,100
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $102,100
    Undergraduate enrollment: 246
    Location: Brooklyn, NY

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    #11. Massachusetts Maritime Academy

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $67,200
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $114,600
    Undergraduate enrollment: 1,677
    Location: Buzzards Bay, MA

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    #10. California State University Maritime Academy

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $67,500
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $129,100
    Undergraduate enrollment: 1,107
    Location: Vallejo, CA

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    #9. Oregon Health & Science University

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $67,500
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $96,100
    Undergraduate enrollment: 764
    Location: Portland, OR

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    #8. University of California-Berkeley

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $68,300
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $132,300
    Undergraduate enrollment: 29,310
    Location: Berkeley, CA

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    #7. Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $70,800
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $131,900
    Undergraduate enrollment: 15,489
    Location: Atlanta, GA

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    #6. SUNY Maritime College

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $73,300
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $140,100
    Undergraduate enrollment: 1,635
    Location: Throggs Neck, NY

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    #5. United States Air Force Academy

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $74,000
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $137,300
    Undergraduate enrollment: 4,237
    Location: USAF Academy, CO

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    #4. Colorado School of Mines

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $74,100
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $139,300
    Undergraduate enrollment: 4,610
    Location: Golden, CO

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    #3. United States Naval Academy

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $78,600
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $149,800
    Undergraduate enrollment: 4,528
    Location: Annapolis, MD

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    #2. United States Military Academy

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $79,300
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $141,900
    Undergraduate enrollment: 4,389
    Location: West Point, NY

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    #1. United States Merchant Marine Academy

    Median salary for alumni 0–5 years from graduation: $80,800
    Median salary for alumni 10+ years from graduation: $136,600
    Undergraduate enrollment: 904
    Location: Kings Point, NY

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