Want a High Salary? Go to One of These 10 Colleges in the Southeast

According to the Department of Labor Statistics, in fact, there's a strong positive correlation between the amount of schooling an individual completes and their future earnings. So opponents of getting a college degree can put that in their pipe and smoke it.

Choosing a college, however, is one of the most difficult and stressful decisions for high school juniors and seniors. Eventually, they'll choose a school based on prestige, location, sports teams, or perhaps a school specializing in their intended major. But will that end up the right choice?

The problem is that upon graduating you finally realize that college should've been about choosing an institution that will help you find a job. And in today's economy, the fact is some colleges are better at opening doors than others.

With that said, I have compiled -- with the help of US News and Payscale.com -- the 10 best colleges in the Southeast to prepare future students not only to earn a job after graduation, but to go on to earn fantastic salaries.

Displayed below are the 10 best colleges in the Southeast for average alumni income based on a survey conducted by Payscale.com.

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  • Report this Comment On January 25, 2014, at 3:06 PM, kwtoufectis wrote:

    This story doesn't live up to Fool standards of looking beyond the usual meaningless chatter to find the true connection. I'm willing to bet you'll find that if you control for major, these distinctions melt away. Georgia Tech does better than many southeastern peers not because it teaches better or is more respected, but because it awards a higher share of technical degrees.

    This is a story about someone else's story about an average that means almost nothing to anyone not promoting their well-positioned academic employer or alma mater. Even if accurate (and I don't quibble with the averages), it isn't actionable. A theology major or a business major who chooses a college on such a basis gets exactly what s/he deserves...

    I'm reminded of the danger of reaching conclusions based on averages by the man with one foot in a block of ice and the other in boiling water: on average his feet are fine...

  • Report this Comment On January 25, 2014, at 5:18 PM, herky46q wrote:

    I am entertained and amused by this article but not educated by it. We all should know by now it is not where you study but what you study in college that makes a big difference in pay.

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