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2021 Best Colleges in Missouri by Salary Score

By the GradReports team | Updated 3/1/2021

We've ranked the top 25 universities in Missouri based on Salary Score. Students can use this list to see how colleges stack up in terms of alumni salary by major for a bachelor's degree. We determined Salary Score by comparing median alumni salaries for each program to data on the same programs from other universities. We then compiled these program scores into an overall Salary Score for each school. A high Salary Score indicates that a school produces alumni who tend to earn more than graduates with the same major across all schools. It's helpful to keep in mind that the cost of living differs in each state, so salaries might vary to reflect this. For example, Missouri is the sixth most affordable state by cost of living, so alumni may have lower salaries in line with lower living expenses. Even with a lower cost of living, however, the top 5 schools in Missouri all have higher Salary Scores than the median for colleges and universities in the U.S. Missouri's top school, Washington University in St. Louis, ranks #39 for best universities in the country by bachelor's degree Salary Score.

To be considered for our state rankings, schools must offer and provide data for at least 8 bachelor's programs. 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 St. Louis St. Louis $53,399 90.06
#2 #2 Parkville Parkville $11,572 64.06
#3 #3 Rolla Rolla $9,440 62.48
#4 #4 Columbia Columbia $9,972 61.94
#5 #5 Columbia Columbia $22,704 56.67
#6 #6 St. Louis St. Louis $28,470 50.20
#7 #7 Kansas City Kansas City $8,178 48.68
#8 #8 Saint Charles Saint Charles $17,600 47.37
#9 #9 St. Louis St. Louis $43,884 47.13
#10 #10 St. Louis (and 1 other) St. Louis (and 1 other) $26,340 46.65
#11 #11 St. Louis St. Louis $9,792 46.49
#12 #12 St. Louis St. Louis $27,900 45.78
#13 #13 Fulton Fulton $24,110 43.33
#14 #14 Kirksville Kirksville $7,749 43.17
#15 #15 Kansas City Kansas City $37,590 41.96
#16 #16 Maryville Maryville $7,844 41.53
#17 #17 Joplin Joplin $6,503 37.71
#18 #18 Warrensburg Warrensburg $7,673 36.09
#19 #19 Kansas City Kansas City $19,900 33.83
#20 #20 St. Joseph St. Joseph $7,960 32.82
#21 #21 Cape Girardeau Cape Girardeau $7,418 31.81
#22 #22 Springfield Springfield $28,515 30.99
#23 #23 Canton Canton $26,680 26.11
#24 #24 St. Louis St. Louis $27,124 25.43
#25 #25 Springfield Springfield $7,376 25.17