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NC Universities With the Most High-Earning Female Grads

You asked, we analyzed.

Which universities in North Carolina produce more high-earning female alumni by volume than any other institutions in the state? To find out, we narrowed our dataset of over 130 million people to 1.5 million alumni who earned a degree in North Carolina. Then, we sliced the population using gender and income filters to isolate female alumni who earn $100,000 per year or more.

Here are the institutions in North Carolina with the highest volume of high-earning female graduates.

1. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The top industries for female graduates of UNC Chapel Hill across all segments are healthcare, education and information technology. These alumni enjoy an average salary much higher than the national average at $91,950.

Average Salary for Females Earning >$100K: $143,364

Top Employer for Females Earning >$100K: Wells Fargo

Top Major for Employer: Business Administration

2. Duke University

Duke University is ranked No. 9 by U.S. News for National Universities in 2022 and is attractive to top employers like Google, Microsoft and Amazon who hire high volumes of their female graduates.

Average Salary for Females Earning >$100K: $150,377

Top Employer for Females Earning >$100K: Deloitte

Top Major for Employer: Business Administration

3. North Carolina State University

North Carolina State University has earned an A+ for their Overall Niche Grade, which includes top scores for academics, diversity, value and campus. Cisco is a top employer for female alumni from NC State who are hired as business analysts and software engineers over any other role.

Average Salary for Females Earning >$100K: $135,109

Top Employer for Females Earning >$100K: SAS

Top Major for Employer: Computer Science

4. East Carolina University

According to Niche.com, 87 percent of students from East Carolina University feel confident they'll find a job in their field after graduation. Healthcare, education and information technology are the top industries for these female alumni.

Average Salary for Females Earning >$100K: $134,964

Top Employer for Females Earning >$100K: Vidant Health

Top Major for Employer: Nursing

5. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

UNC Charlotte ranks in the top 50 for Social Mobility by U.S. News. Criteria for this ranking includes enrolling and graduating large proportions of disadvantaged students awarded with Pell Grants.

Average Salary for Females Earning >$100K: $134,412

Top Employer for Females Earning >$100K: Bank of America

Top Major for Employer: Computer Science

6. Wake Forest University

Wake Forest has highly ranked graduate programs in law, business and medicine. In fact, their top three job titles for female alumni are attorney, parter and associate.

Average Salary for Females Earning >$100K: $144,457

Top Employer for Females Earning >$100K: Deloitte

Top Major for Employer: Accounting

7. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Female data analysts from UNC Greensboro are skilled in CSS, data visualization and geomatics. Beacon Data is a high-paying top employer for these alumni.

Average Salary for Females Earning >$100K: $137,836

Top Employer for Females Earning >$100K: Wells Fargo

Top Major for Employer: Computer Information Systems

8. Appalachian State University

U.S. News ranks Appalachian State University No. 2 in Best Colleges for Veterans out of regional universities in the south. These female vets study biology, criminal justice and education.

Average Salary for Females Earning >$100K: $134,958

Top Employer for Females Earning >$100K: Bank of America

Top Major for Employer: Accounting

9. Elon University

U.S. News ranks Elon No. 1 for Best Undergraduate Teaching. Perhaps this inspires so many female students to go into education themselves, which is the top industry for these graduates.

Average Salary for Females Earning >$100K: $132,420

Top Employer for Females Earning >$100K: Labcorp

Top Major for Employer: Business Administration

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