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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 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 higher Salary Scores 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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Salary Scores based on data reported by the U.S. Department of Education
Rank School Location Annual Tuition Salary Score
#1 #1 Simpson College Indianola Indianola $40,666 76.11
#2 #2 Drake University Des Moines Des Moines $42,840 75.80
#3 #3 Iowa State University Ames Ames $9,320 68.79
#4 #4 Coe College Cedar Rapids Cedar Rapids $45,580 62.97
#5 #5 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls Cedar Falls $8,938 62.13
#6 #6 University of Iowa Iowa City Iowa City $9,606 61.64
#7 #7 Wartburg College Waverly Waverly $43,930 58.36
#8 #8 Upper Iowa University Fayette Fayette $31,685 57.89
#9 #9 Loras College Dubuque Dubuque $35,218 57.73
#10 #10 University of Dubuque Dubuque Dubuque $35,570 50.88
#11 #11 Grand View University Des Moines Des Moines $30,508 49.96
#12 #12 Luther College Decorah Decorah $44,070 49.00
#13 #13 Mount Mercy University Cedar Rapids Cedar Rapids $33,862 48.17
#14 #14 Grinnell College Grinnell Grinnell $54,354 45.34
#15 #15 Central College Pella Pella $38,600 40.36
#16 #16 Buena Vista University Storm Lake Storm Lake $35,194 39.90
#17 #17 Saint Ambrose University Davenport Davenport $31,812 34.75
#18 #18 Dordt University Sioux Center Sioux Center $31,770 33.83
#19 #19 Graceland University Lamoni Lamoni $30,420 31.42
#20 #20 Cornell College Mount Vernon Mount Vernon $43,976 21.19