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2021 Best Colleges in South Carolina by Salary Score

By the GradReports team | Updated 3/1/2021

We calculated a Salary Score for colleges in South Carolina to show how schools stack up in terms of alumni salary. Salary Score is an indicator of whether bachelor's degrees from a given college may lead to better financial outcomes compared to the same degrees at other colleges. We calculated this by comparing median alumni earnings in the first year after graduation for a major at a given college to alumni earnings for the same major across all colleges. Scores by major were then combined to provide an overall bachelor's degree Salary Score. The city of Charleston is home to three colleges on South Carolina’s Best Colleges list, and Citadel Military College of South Carolina tops the list, with a Salary Score of 65.17.

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 South Carolina. 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 Charleston Charleston $12,516 65.17
#2 #2 Clemson Clemson $15,374 50.68
#3 #3 Columbia Columbia $12,618 49.76
#4 #4 Columbia Columbia $19,500 43.92
#5 #5 Gaffney Gaffney $25,025 43.13
#6 #6 Charleston Charleston $12,838 41.61
#7 #7 Greenville Greenville $49,532 37.33
#8 #8 Aiken Aiken $10,760 32.17
#9 #9 Spartanburg Spartanburg $43,985 31.45
#10 #10 Newberry Newberry $26,424 31.24
#11 #11 Spartanburg Spartanburg $11,852 29.32
#12 #12 Charleston Charleston $25,540 28.30
#13 #13 Anderson Anderson $28,000 27.96
#14 #14 Rock Hill Rock Hill $15,730 25.46
#15 #15 Greenville Greenville $18,150 23.30
#16 #16 Conway Conway $11,716 22.60
#17 #17 Bluffton Bluffton $10,730 22.04
#18 #18 Tigerville Tigerville $19,750 20.36
#19 #19 Greenwood Greenwood $11,700 17.41
#20 #20 Florence Florence $11,976 17.28
#21 #21 Hartsville Hartsville $29,548 14.89
#22 #22 Orangeburg Orangeburg $16,854 12.24
#23 #23 Orangeburg Orangeburg $11,060 5.55