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2021 Best Colleges in Alabama by Salary Score

By the GradReports team | Updated 3/1/2021

Our list features the best colleges in Alabama, ranked by Salary Score. To determine this score, we compared alumni earnings in the first year after graduation for each major at one college to alumni earnings for the same major across all schools. The scores from all majors were then combined to create a bachelor's degree Salary Score for the college. A high Salary Score indicates that alumni from that college tend to have higher salaries when compared to alumni with the same majors at other schools. Alumni from Alabama colleges may expect lower salaries because of the state's lower cost of living compared to the U.S. average. Even so, the first two schools on this list scored above the U.S. Salary Score median: Auburn University and the University of Alabama.

To be considered for our state rankings, schools must offer and provide data for at least 8 bachelor's programs. This list includes all eligible schools in Alabama. You can click on a school's name to view individual program scores. Read our methodology to learn more about how schools were ranked.

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Salary Scores based on data reported by the U.S. Department of Education
Rank School Location Annual Tuition Salary Score
#1 #1 Auburn Auburn $11,276 61.98
#2 #2 Tuscaloosa Tuscaloosa $10,780 54.42
#3 #3 Troy Troy $8,908 38.17
#4 #4 Athens Athens $7,968 37.64
#5 #5 Birmingham Birmingham $31,650 36.24
#6 #6 Jacksonville Jacksonville $8,760 31.70
#7 #7 Birmingham Birmingham $8,568 30.15
#8 #8 Huntsville Huntsville $10,714 27.49
#9 #9 Mobile Mobile $8,396 26.17
#10 #10 Mobile Mobile $23,230 25.75
#11 #11 Montevallo Montevallo $12,760 24.92
#12 #12 Florence Florence $10,142 23.67
#13 #13 Livingston Livingston $10,040 22.96
#14 #14 Tuskegee Tuskegee $22,170 22.84
#15 #15 Normal Normal $9,744 16.11
#16 #16 Montgomery Montgomery $8,404 15.72
#17 #17 Montgomery Montgomery $11,068 15.17