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13 Colleges Whose Grads Earn the Least: 2015

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It’s can be difficult choosing the right college.

There are so many factors to consider, from school size to location to cost. And then there’s the matter of what sort of earnings a graduate can expect once turned loose on the job market.

Recently we looked at PayScale’s rankings for more than a thousand universities and other institutions of higher learning by the median pay its graduates earn at the midpoint of their careers. Today we turn our turn our attention the schools at the bottom of the list. (For the top of the list, check out Top 13 Colleges Whose Grads Earn the Most: 2015).

It’s interesting to note that the despite the lower pay compared with grads of the schools at the top of the list, those making far less were not always significantly more dissatisfied with their jobs. That is reflected in PayScale’s job meaning quotient, a measure of how many respondents said their occupations made the world a better place.

PayScale looked at institutions that offer two-year, four-year and graduate degrees. We looked at the highest ranked four-year colleges offering bachelor’s degrees among the more than 1,000 colleges and universities studied in the PayScale report. Data was collected from employees who completed PayScale’s survey.

Check out the 13 Colleges Whose Grads Earn the Least:

Fresno Pacific University Campus. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

13. Fresno Pacific University (Fresno, California)

Early Career Median Pay: $40,000

Mid-Career Median Pay: $51,100

% High Job Meaning: 50%

Ashford University

12. Ashford University (Clinton, Iowa)

Early Career Median Pay: $38,300

Mid-Career Median Pay: $50,800

% High Job Meaning: 60%

Cornerstone University Stadium.

11 (tie). Cornerstone University (Grand Rapids, Michigan)

Early Career Median Pay: $36,200

Mid-Career Median Pay: $50,700

% High Job Meaning: 61%

University of Montevallo (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

11 (tie). University of Montevallo (Montevallo, Alabama)

Early Career Median Pay: $32,300

Mid-Career Median Pay: $50,700

% High Job Meaning: 56%

Miami Dade College

9. Miami Dade College (Florida)

Early Career Median Pay: $43,800

Mid-Career Median Pay: $50,600

% High Job Meaning: 58%

Averett University

8 (tie). Averett University (Danville, Virginia)

Early Career Median Pay: $40,400

Mid-Career Median Pay: $50,100

% High Job Meaning: 49%

Bethel College. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

8 (tie).  Bethel College (Mishawaka, Indiana)

Early Career Median Pay: $37,100

Mid-Career Median Pay: $50,100

% High Job Meaning:  59%

Chestnut Hill College campus. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

8 (tie). Chestnut Hill College (Philadelphia)

Early Career Median Pay: $36,000

Mid-Career Median Pay: $50,100

% High Job Meaning: N/A

Mississippi University for Women.

5. Mississippi University for Women (Columbus, Mississippi)

Early Career Median Pay: $43,200

Mid-Career Median Pay: $49,800

% High Job Meaning: 68%

Endicott Stadium. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

4. Endicott College (Beverly, Massachusetts)

Early Career Median Pay: $43,500

Mid-Career Median Pay: $49,600

% High Job Meaning: 47%

Bethel University Sign.

3. Bethel University (McKenzie, Tennessee)

Early Career Median Pay: $36,200

Mid-Career Median Pay: $49,500

% High Job Meaning: 58%

Lyndon State College. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

2. Lyndon State College (Lyndon Center, Vermont)

Early Career Median Pay: $38,400

Mid-Career Median Pay: $48,300

% High Job Meaning: N/A

Shaw University.

1. Shaw University (Raleigh, North Carolina)

Early Career Median Pay: $35,100

Mid-Career Median Pay: $43,200

% High Job Meaning: N/A

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