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2021 Highest Paid Education Graduates in the Southeast Region

23,063 Bachelor's Degrees
$33,929 Avg Salary
$24,082 Avg Student Debt

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Highest Paid Education Graduates in the Southeast Region In 2018-2019, 88,927 education students received their bachelor's degree, making the major the #10 most popular in the country. Out of all those awarded degrees, 23,063 went to undergraduates in the Southeast region of the United States. Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Highest Paid Education Graduates list, to help you choose the best school for you.

This year's Highest Paid Education Graduates in the Southeast Region ranking looked at 185 colleges that offer a bachelor's in education.

The numbers used in this ranking are early career salaries, which we define to be 10 years after a student started college. This is the salary typically earned 4-6 years after graduation, but may be different depending on how long a person takes to complete their degree.

Salaries of Education Majors After Graduation

After graduating, education majors that go to school in the Southeast Region go on to jobs making an average of $33,929 per year. Unfortunately, that is 15% less than the average salary of a typical college graduate. However, graduates from the schools below may make more than this.

Nationwide, the average salary for graduates with a education degree is $34,031. So, there's not much difference on that front.

Average Salary for Education Graduates from Schools in the Southeast Region  33,929
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67,800
Average Salary for Education Graduates from Schools Nationwide  34,031
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67,800
National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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67,800

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2021 Highest Paid Education Grads in Southeast

The following colleges produce the highest paid education graduates.

Top 25 Best Schools for Highly Paid Education Graduates in the Southeast Region

#1

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC

Wake Forest University landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid education school. Located in the medium-sized city of Winston-Salem, Wake Forest University is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

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Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid education school. Located in the city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to George Mason University. GMU is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Fairfax.

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Lenoir - Rhyne University earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Lenoir - Rhyne University is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Hickory.

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#5

Berry College

Mount Berry, GA

Our rankings recognize Berry College as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Mount Berry, Berry is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill is a public school with a very large student population.

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Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid education school. Located in the medium-sized city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#8

Furman University

Greenville, SC

Furman University earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Greenville, Furman is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#9

Harding University

Searcy, AR

Our rankings recognize Harding University as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Harding is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Searcy.

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#10

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the midsize city of Gainesville, U of F is a public college with a very large student population.

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University of Mississippi

University, MS

The #11 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Mississippi. Ole Miss is a fairly large public school located in the town of University.

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North Carolina State University earned the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Raleigh, NC State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#13

Thomas More College

Crestview Hills, KY

Thomas More College landed the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid education school. Located in the suburb of Crestview Hills, TMC is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#14

Auburn University

Auburn, AL

Auburn University comes in at #14 in this year's ranking. Auburn is a fairly large public school located in the city of Auburn.

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#15

Samford University

Birmingham, AL

Samford University comes in at #15 in this year's ranking. Located in the large suburb of Birmingham, Samford is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

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#16

Flagler College - St Augustine

Saint Augustine, FL

Our rankings recognize Flagler College - St Augustine as the #16 school in this year's rankings. Flagler St. Augustine is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Saint Augustine.

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The #17 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Citadel Military College of South Carolina. The Citadel is a small public school located in the midsize city of Charleston.

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#18

Emory University

Atlanta, GA

Emory University earned the #18 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Atlanta, Emory is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#19

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR

The #19 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Arkansas. UARK is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Fayetteville.

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#20

Clemson University

Clemson, SC

Our rankings recognize Clemson University as the #20 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large suburb of Clemson, Clemson is a public college with a very large student population.

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#21

Meredith College

Raleigh, NC

Meredith College earned the #21 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Raleigh, Meredith is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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The #22 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Louisiana Tech University. Located in the distant town of Ruston, Louisiana Tech is a public school with a large student population.

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#23

West Virginia University

Morgantown, WV

West Virginia University landed the #23 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid education school. WVU is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Morgantown.

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#24

University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL

University of Miami comes in at #24 in this year's ranking. U Miami is a large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Coral Gables.

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#25

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Nova Southeastern University earned the #25 spot in our 2021 rankings. Nova Southeastern University is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Fort Lauderdale.

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Rest of the Top Schools for Highest Paid Education Graduates in the Southeast Region

#26

Hampton University

Hampton, VA
#27

Presbyterian College

Clinton, SC

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for in the Southeast Region Education students seeking high pay that almost earned our Highest Paid Education Graduates in the Southeast Region award.

Rank College Location
28 Birmingham Southern College Birmingham, AL
29 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
30 Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
31 Rollins College Winter Park, FL
32 The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
33 The University of Tampa Tampa, FL
34 Elon University Elon, NC
35 Marymount University Arlington, VA
36 Bellarmine University Louisville, KY

Best Education Colleges by State

Explore the best education colleges for a specific state in this the Southeast region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Mississippi 34 1,213
Florida 34 4,383
Virginia 34 1,712
Georgia 33 2,694
North Carolina 32 2,584
Alabama 32 2,026
Tennessee 32 1,699
West Virginia 32 586
South Carolina 32 1,665
Louisiana 31 1,415
Kentucky 31 1,884
Arkansas 30 1,199

Education Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 13,507
Teacher Education Subject Specific 6,549
Special Education 1,768
General Education 603
Other Education 306

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 31,102
Psychology 28,810
Communication & Journalism 22,981
History 6,416
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 5,942

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Notes and References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Horadrim.

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