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2021 Highest Paid Education Graduates in the Plains States Region

11,541 Bachelor's Degrees
$34,459 Avg Salary
$25,530 Avg Student Debt

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Highest Paid Education Graduates in the Plains States RegionWith 88,927 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, education is the #10 most popular major in the United States. Of those degrees, 11,541 went to students in the Plains States region of the country. When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Highest Paid Education list to help you make the college decision.

This year's Highest Paid Education Graduates in the Plains States Region ranking analyzed 100 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in education.

In this ranking, we use early career salaries - salaries 10 years from when 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 graduation, education majors from schools in the Plains States Region earn an average salary of $34,459 per year. If salary is one of the most important things on your career list, you may be disappointed to hear that this is 13% less than the salary of a typical college graduate.

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 Plains States Region  34,459
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Average Salary for Education Graduates from Schools Nationwide  34,031
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69,000
National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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69,000

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2021 Highest Paid Education Grads in the Plains States Region

Learn more about the colleges and universities that produce the highest paid education graduates.

Top 17 Best Schools for Highly Paid Education Graduates in the Plains States Region

#1

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN

Walden University earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Walden University is a very large private for-profit school located in the large city of Minneapolis.

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The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Washington University in St Louis. Located in the suburb of Saint Louis, WUSTL is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#2

Drake University

Des Moines, IA

Drake University comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Des Moines, Drake is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#3

Gustavus Adolphus College

Saint Peter, MN

Our rankings recognize Gustavus Adolphus College as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the town of Saint Peter, Gustavus Adolphus is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#4

Dickinson State University

Dickinson, ND

The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Dickinson State University. Located in the town of Dickinson, DSU is a public school with a small student population.

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Iowa State University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Iowa State is a very large public school located in the city of Ames.

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#6

Mount Marty College

Yankton, SD

Mount Marty College earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Mount Marty is a small private not-for-profit school located in the remote town of Yankton.

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#7

Wartburg College

Waverly, IA

Wartburg College landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid education school. Located in the distant town of Waverly, Wartburg is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#8

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

Our rankings recognize University of Iowa as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Iowa City, Iowa is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#8

Creighton University

Omaha, NE

Our rankings recognize Creighton University as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Creighton is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Omaha.

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North Dakota State University - Main Campus comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Located in the midsize city of Fargo, North Dakota State University is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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Concordia College at Moorhead landed the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid education school. Concordia College Moorhead is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Moorhead.

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#11

Morningside College

Sioux City, IA

The #11 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Morningside College. Located in the city of Sioux City, Morningside is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#12

Northern State University

Aberdeen, SD

Northern State University earned the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Aberdeen, NSU is a public school with a small student population.

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Our rankings recognize University of Minnesota - Twin Cities as the #13 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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The #14 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Located in the city of Lincoln, UNL is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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The #15 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Black Hills State University. Located in the town of Spearfish, BHSU is a public school with a small student population.

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Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
16 Minot State University Minot, ND
17 Central College Pella, IA
18 St Olaf College Northfield, MN
19 Concordia University - Nebraska Seward, NE
20 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
21 University of Minnesota - Duluth Duluth, MN
22 Valley City State University Valley City, ND
23 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
24 Wichita State University Wichita, KS
25 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN

Best Education Colleges by State

Explore the best education colleges for a specific state in the Plains States region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Missouri 35 2,707
Minnesota 34 2,494
Kansas 32 1,678
South Dakota 32 747
Iowa 31 1,839
Nebraska 31 1,365
North Dakota 30 667

Education Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 7,097
Teacher Education Subject Specific 2,851
Special Education 690
Other Education 441
General Education 382

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Psychology 8,699
Social Sciences 8,315
Communication & Journalism 6,544
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 2,217
History 1,506

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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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