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2021 Best Colleges in Kentucky by Salary Score

By the GradReports team | Updated 3/1/2021

This list of the best Kentucky universities ranked by Salary Scores offers students a look at how each school stacks up against all other U.S. colleges in terms of alumni salary by major for a bachelor's degree. The Salary Score acts as an indicator of how well alumni at a specific college fare in their first year after graduation compared to others from the same field of study. We developed these scores by comparing median alumni earnings for graduates from a certain major at a college to alumni salaries from the same programs at other universities. We then compiled these program scores into an overall Salary Score to show how well a given college prepares alumni for high-paying jobs, regardless of what they study. Kentucky has a lower than average cost of living, so alumni who work in-state may have lower salaries in line with lower living expenses. Even with a lower cost of living, Thomas More University had a higher Salary Score than the median for 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 Kentucky. 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 Multiple Locations Multiple Locations $31,200 69.46
#2 #2 Louisville Louisville $11,520 49.68
#3 #3 Louisville Louisville $11,656 48.52
#4 #4 Highland Heights Highland Heights $10,032 44.67
#5 #5 Lexington Lexington $12,245 33.47
#6 #6 Louisville Louisville $42,200 32.92
#7 #7 Wilmore Wilmore $30,198 26.89
#8 #8 Richmond Richmond $9,666 26.37
#9 #9 Bowling Green Bowling Green $10,512 24.76
#10 #10 Williamsburg Williamsburg $23,000 22.69
#11 #11 Murray Murray $9,084 22.39
#12 #12 Morehead Morehead $9,070 20.30
#13 #13 Frankfort Frankfort $8,090 13.65
#14 #14 Berea Berea $39,990 13.61
#15 #15 Columbia Columbia $24,850 12.08