PayScale: Citadel grads’ career pay #1 out of SC public colleges and universities

Engineering cadets participate in laboratory work in LeTellier Hall at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Monday, February 10, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)

Photo: Engineering cadets participate in laboratory work on Summerall Field in February 2020.

Best colleges in South Carolina by salary potential

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Thinking of getting your bachelor’s degree? Before you invest your time and money, check out South Carolina colleges with the highest-paid graduates.

PayScale’s College Salary Report has salary data for alumni who earn bachelor’s degrees from more than a dozen colleges in South Carolina. Some of the more notable schools include Clemson University, Furman University and University of South Carolina — the “other” USC.

The best universities in South Carolina for early career median salary include The Citadel — Military College of South Carolina and Clemson University.

On the low end of the spectrum, Francis Marion University has median early and mid-career salaries, and only half of its students find a high significance and meaning in their jobs.

The South Carolina PayScale 2020-2021 rankings:

See the full South Carolina rankings list here.

Jobs for graduates of top colleges in South Carolina

One of the most popular fields for graduates in South Carolina seems to be engineering — in one form or another. Students will popularly go on to be Civil, Electrical, Process, Mechanical, and even Software Engineers.

From The Citadel: The Citadel School of Engineering is consistently ranked in the top 25 programs in America by U.S. News & World Report. Learn more about The Citadel’s undergraduate and graduate Engineering programs here.

An Engineering cadet practicing in 2019

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