You don't have to get a bachelor's degree to have a successful career. In fact, there are lots of high-paying, meaningful jobs that you can land with an associate degree. To help you make a smart choice about where you should earn an associate degree, PayScale has ranked schools that grant 2-year degrees in this year's College Salary Report. You can compare the the salaries for workers with zero to five and 10 or more years of experience who graduated from a wide variety of schools, including public community colleges, private career colleges, for-profit schools, not-for-profit schools, and colleges and universities that offer associate degrees in addition to bachelor's degree programs.
In general, public community colleges produce the highest earners. If you are looking for an affordable education, that's a good thing -- community colleges are usually the most affordable way to get a college education whether you want an AA or want to transfer to a 4-year school.