Graduate Frederick Anderson stands in the pouring rain as President Barack Obama acknowledges him during his Morehouse College 129th Commencement ceremony address Sunday, May 19, 2013, in Atlanta. After a difficult childhood Shelton graduating Phi Beta Kappa and is on his way to Harvard Law School. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A college education is viewed one of the essential stepping stones to a fulfilling career – but its cost traditionally does not come cheap.

In particular, the tuition of some of the nation’s many historically black colleges and universities range across the board but the rewards of a college degree often outweigh the costs.

While tuition costs and school population sizes are strong determining factors when considering which school to attend, one website HBCU Lifestyle, has listed which HBCU graduates would earn the most in salary after earning college degrees.

Here are the top 10 HBCU’s by starting average salary:

RankCollege NameAverage SalaryTuitionLocation
1Prairie View A&M University$49,300$4,062Prairie View, TX
2Bowie State University$46,400$4,547Bowie, MD
3Hampton University$46,300$16,888Hampton, VA
4Tuskegee University$44,700$17,070Tuskegee, AL
5Morehouse College$44,200$21,616Atlanta, GA
6Xavier University of Louisiana$42,300$16,900New Orleans, LA
7University of Maryland Eastern Shore$41,900$4,362Princess Anne, MD
8Howard University$41,700$19,150Washington, DC
9Morgan State University$41,500$4,540Baltimore, MD
10Southern University and A&M College$41,400$5,074Baton Rouge, LA

Visit HBCU Lifestyle to learn more.