Oregon Institute of Technology, “Oregon Tech,” scaled nearly 100 spots to the top as one of the top colleges in the nation in PayScale’s most recent rankings release based on graduates’ return on tuition and borrowing investments. An Oregon Tech degree is noted as having the highest return on investment (ROI) of any colleges or universities in Oregon.


In the latest edition of the College ROI report, PayScale’s College Salary Report is based on the alumni salary data of 3.5 million respondents, representing more than 4,000 colleges and universities across the U.S. Placing at No. 70 nationwide as one of the Best Value Colleges—up from 165 in 2019—the Payscale College Salary Report lists Oregon Tech’s early career pay at $63,100 and mid-career pay at $104,100, the highest salaries of a public, four-year university in Oregon.


The data used in PayScale's College Return on Investment report is collected through ongoing, online compensation surveys. People complete the PayScale survey to understand their price in the labor market. Users provide data about their jobs, compensation, employer, demographics and educational background and in return, PayScale provides them with a detailed compensation report that compares their compensation to others like them. All data used to produce the PayScale College ROI rankings were collected from approximately 1.6 million college-educated workers who successfully completed PayScale’s Employee Survey between January 2007 and February 2020. The average sample size for an included school is 966 alumni profiles.


To view the complete “2020 College Education ROI Report” and the list of all institutions ranked, go to PayScale.