States With the Highest and Lowest Earning College Graduates

Find out which state's college graduates earn the most (and the least) on average.

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We’re in the midst of graduation season — across the country, college grads are walking across the stage to accept their hard-earned diplomas. But after one big accomplishment comes another. Now’s the time to find a job and get serious about your finances. Not only does your degree factor into how much money you’ll make, but where you live also plays a part. 

A recent study from Teach Simple determined the states with the highest and lowest median university earnings, using information from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard. The study analyzed and compared institutions within each state to determine the ranking order, considering three factors: median earnings of people who began college 10 years ago, the average annual cost a student who receives federal financial aid will pay to cover expenses and the average graduation rate within eight years of entering the school.

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Erin Bendig
Personal Finance Writer

Erin pairs personal experience with research and is passionate about sharing personal finance advice with others. Previously, she was a freelancer focusing on the credit card side of finance, but has branched out since then to cover other aspects of personal finance. Erin is well-versed in traditional media with reporting, interviewing and research, as well as using graphic design and video and audio storytelling to share with her readers.