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2021 Best Colleges in Iowa by Salary Score

By the GradReports team | Updated 3/1/2021

Our list of the best Iowa universities ranked by Salary Score provides students with a clear picture of how each school stacks up against universities across the country in terms of alumni salary by major for a bachelor's degree. To determine our Salary Score, we looked at median alumni earnings by major at each college and compared them to salaries for the same majors at other schools. A higher score indicates that a school's alumni tend to earn higher salaries in comparison to those in the same field of study at other universities. Iowa has a lower cost of living than most states, so alumni who find employment in-state may have lower salaries that are in line with lower living expenses. However, even with a lower cost of living Iowa's top 10 schools for alumni salary have a higher Salary Score than the median for all colleges in the United States.

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 Iowa. 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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Our Salary Score™ is based on data reported by the U.S. Department of Education
Rank School Location Annual Tuition Salary Score
#1 #1 Simpson College Indianola Indianola $45,108 76.11
#2 #2 Drake University Des Moines Des Moines $47,912 75.80
#3 #3 Iowa State University Ames Ames $10,133 68.79
#4 #4 Coe College Cedar Rapids Cedar Rapids $50,664 62.97
#5 #5 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls Cedar Falls $9,411 62.13
#6 #6 University of Iowa Iowa City Iowa City $10,353 61.64
#7 #7 Wartburg College Waverly Waverly $49,190 58.36
#8 #8 Upper Iowa University Fayette Fayette $33,639 57.89
#9 #9 Loras College Dubuque Dubuque $36,570 57.73
#10 #10 University of Dubuque Dubuque Dubuque $38,526 50.88
#11 #11 Grand View University Des Moines Des Moines $32,068 49.96
#12 #12 Luther College Decorah Decorah $48,160 49.00
#13 #13 Mount Mercy University Cedar Rapids Cedar Rapids $37,606 48.17
#14 #14 Grinnell College Grinnell Grinnell $61,480 45.34
#15 #15 Central College Pella Pella $19,800 40.36
#16 #16 Buena Vista University Storm Lake Storm Lake $38,644 39.90
#17 #17 Saint Ambrose University Davenport Davenport $34,570 34.75
#18 #18 Dordt University Sioux Center Sioux Center $34,600 33.83
#19 #19 Graceland University Lamoni Lamoni $31,970 31.42
#20 #20 Cornell College Mount Vernon Mount Vernon $49,158 21.19