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2021 Highest Paid Natural Resources Conservation Graduates in the Rocky Mountains Region

789 Bachelor's Degrees
$29,408 Avg Salary
$24,081 Avg Student Debt

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Highest Paid Natural Resources Conservation Graduates in the Rocky Mountains RegionOut of all the majors we analyze each year, natural resources conservation was ranked #33 in the country. In fact 16,348 bachelor's degrees were handed out in 2018-2019. Of those degrees, 789 went to students in the Rocky Mountains region of the United States. 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 Conservation list to help you make the college decision.

This year's Highest Paid Natural Resources Conservation Graduates in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking looked at 11 colleges that offer a bachelor's in conservation.

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.

Comparing Average Salaries of Natural Resources Conservation Majors

After graduating, natural resources conservation majors that go to school in the Rocky Mountains Region go on to jobs making an average of $29,408 per year. Unfortunately, that is 26% less than the average salary of a typical college graduate. However, graduates from the schools below may make more than this.

This salary is in the same ballpark as the national average of $30,240 for those students who obtain a bachelor's degree in conservation.

Average Salary for Conservation Graduates from Schools in the Rocky Mountains Region  29,408
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58,800
Average Salary for Conservation Graduates from Schools Nationwide  30,240
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58,800
National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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58,800

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2021 Highest Paid Natural Resources Conservation Grads in the Rocky Mountains Region

The highest paid conservation majors graduate from the following colleges and universities.

Top 10 Best Schools for Highly Paid Conservation Graduates in the Rocky Mountains Region

#1

Colorado Mesa University

Grand Junction, CO

Colorado Mesa University landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid natural resources conservation school. Colorado Mesa is a moderately-sized public school located in the small city of Grand Junction. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in conservation from the school is $40,200.

Conservation majors at Colorado Mesa take out an average of $25,517 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $253.

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Metropolitan State University of Denver landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid natural resources conservation school. MSU Denver is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Denver. Conservation majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $35,600.

The average amount in student loans that conservation majors at MSU Denver take out while working on their bachelor's is $32,424. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $312.

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The University of Montana - Western comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. The University of Montana - Western is a small public school located in the town of Dillon. Conservation majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $30,500.

After completing their bachelor's degree, conservation graduates from The University of Montana - Western carry an average student debtload of $23,942. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $237, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#4

Westminster College Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

Westminster College Utah comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Westminster College Salt Lake is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Salt Lake City. Conservation majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $28,300.

While working on their bachelor's, conservation majors at Westminster College Salt Lake accumulate an average of around $19,875 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $239.

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Our rankings recognize University of Colorado Boulder as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Boulder, CU - Boulder is a public school with a very large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, conservation majors make an average salary of $28,200.

The average amount in student loans that conservation majors at CU - Boulder take out while working on their bachelor's is $17,389. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $182.

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#6

University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY

University of Wyoming earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Laramie, U of Wyoming is a public school with a fairly large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, conservation majors make an average salary of $26,500.

After completing their bachelor's degree, conservation graduates from U of Wyoming carry an average student debtload of $23,242. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Utah. Located in the medium-sized city of Salt Lake City, U of U is a public school with a very large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in conservation from the school is $25,600.

While working on their bachelor's, conservation majors at U of U accumulate an average of around $16,995 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $156.

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Colorado State University - Fort Collins landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid natural resources conservation school. Colorado State is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Fort Collins. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, conservation majors make an average salary of $24,500.

The average amount in student loans that conservation majors at Colorado State take out while working on their bachelor's is $21,468. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $224.

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The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to The University of Montana. Located in the city of Missoula, University of Montana is a public school with a fairly large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, conservation majors make an average salary of $24,500.

On average, conservation graduates from University of Montana take out $24,404 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $226.

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The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Boise State University. Boise State is a very large public school located in the city of Boise. Students who receive their bachelor's in conservation from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $24,100.

After completing their bachelor's degree, conservation graduates from Boise State carry an average student debtload of $26,762. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $237, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Best Natural Resources Conservation Colleges by State

Explore the best natural resources conservation schools for a specific state in the Rocky Mountains region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Utah 189 105
Colorado 186 476
Idaho 167 79
Montana 131 89
Wyoming 69 40

One of 5 majors within the Natural Resources & Conservation area of study, Natural Resources Conservation has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Wildlife Management 181
Forestry 86
Natural Resource Management 62
Fisheries Sciences 12

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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 Lynn Betts.

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