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The Best 2-Year Colleges In Every State

If you’re weighing the difference between a bachelor’s and an associate degree, you might be doing so for a variety of reasons. For example, perhaps you want to attend a college close to home, or perhaps you’re searching for a specialized major at a two-year school. For most people, their decision is usually influenced by some combination of these things… not to mention the fact that you want to attend college somewhere that will actually benefit you financially.
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If you are college-bound, you’ve probably spent countless hours doing research on this very topic. To help you in your college search, PayScale has compiled data on over one thousand two-year colleges for our 2017 College Salary Report,which ranks the best two-year and four-year colleges in every state. For this report, we define “best colleges” as the colleges where graduates have the highest median mid-career salaries.

Alabama

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Best 2 Year College: University of Mobile
Mid-Career Salary: $66,600
City: Mobile

Alaska

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Best 2 Year College: University of Alaska Anchorage
Mid-Career Salary: $71,000
City: Anchorage

Arizona

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Best 2 Year College: Glendale Community College
Mid-Career Salary: $73,800
City: Glendale

Arkansas

Best 2 Year College: Southern Arkansas University
Mid-Career Salary: $65,600
City: Magnolia

California

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Best 2 Year College: Pacific Union College
Mid-Career Salary: $85,400
City: Angwin

Colorado

 

Best 2 Year College: Colorado Northwestern University
Mid-Career Salary: $72,300
City: Rangley

Connecticut

Best 2 Year College: St. Vincent’s College
Mid-Career Salary: $75,100
City: Bridgeport

Delaware

Best 2 Year College: Wesley College
Mid-Career Salary: $59,700
City: Dover

Florida

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Best 2 Year College: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worlwide
Mid-Career Salary: $74,800
City: Online

Georgia

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Best 2 Year College: Kennesaw State University
Mid-Career Salary: $67,800
City: Kennesaw

Hawaii

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Best 2 Year College: Hawaii Pacific University
Mid-Career Salary: $65,600
City: Honolulu

Idaho

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Best 2 Year College: Idaho State University
Mid-Career Salary: $62,300
City: Pocatello

Illinois

Best 2 Year College: Prairie State College
Mid-Career Salary: $70,700
City: Chicago Heights

Indiana

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Best 2 Year College: Indiana University
Mid-Career Salary: $68,900
City: Bloomington

Iowa

Best 2 Year College: Northwest Iowa Community College
Mid-Career Salary: $65,800
City: Sheldon

Kansas

Best 2 Year College: Northwest Kansas Technical College
Mid-Career Salary: $66,800
City: Goodland

Kentucky

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Best 2 Year College: Kentucky State University
Mid-Career Salary: $65,100
City: Frankfort

Louisiana

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Best 2 Year College: Louisiana State University
Mid-Career Salary: $71,700
City: Baton Rouge

Maine

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Best 2 Year College: Northern Maine Community College
Mid-Career Salary: $59,500
City: Presque Isle

Maryland

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Best 2 Year College: University of Maryland-University College
Mid-Career Salary: $70,300
City: Adelphi

Massachusetts

Best 2 Year College: Laboure College
Mid-Career Salary: $83,300
City: Boston

Michigan

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Best 2 Year College: Michigan Technological University
Mid-Career Salary: $74,400
City: Houghton

Minnesota

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Best 2 Year College: Dunwoody College of Technology
Mid-Career Salary: $73,600
City: Minneapolis

Mississippi

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Best 2 Year College: Pearl River Community College
Mid-Career Salary: $59,200
City: Poplarville

Missouri

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Best 2 Year College: Ranken Technical College
Mid-Career Salary: $68,200
City: St. Louis

Montana

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Best 2 Year College: Montana State University-Northern
Mid-Career Salary: $67,400
City: Havre

Nebraska

Best 2 Year College: College of St. Mary
Mid-Career Salary: $62,300
City: Omaha

Nevada

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Best 2 Year College: Great Basin College
Mid-Career Salary: $62,300
City: Elko

New Hampshire

Best 2 Year College: Rivier University
Mid-Career Salary: $74,500
City: Nashua

New Jersey

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Best 2 Year College: County College of Morris
Mid-Career Salary: $69,900
City: Randolph

New Mexico

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Best 2 Year College: Eastern New Mexico University
Mid-Career Salary: $66,100
City: Portales

New York

Best 2 Year College: Helene Fuld College of Nursing
Mid-Career Salary: $87,300
City: New York City

North Carolina

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Best 2 Year College: Campbell University
Mid-Career Salary: $68,300
City: Buies Creek

North Dakota

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Best 2 Year College: Bismarck State College
Mid-Career Salary:$61,900
City: Bismarck

Ohio

Best 2 Year College: Kettering College
Mid-Career Salary: $75,500
City: Kettering

Oklahoma

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Best 2 Year College: Bacone College
Mid-Career Salary: $63,200
City: Muskogee

Oregon

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Best 2 Year College: Oregon Institute of Technology
Mid-Career Salary: $64,800
City: Klamath Falls

Pennsylvania

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Best 2 Year College: Drexel University
Mid-Career Salary: $74,300
City: Philadelphia

Rhode Island

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Best 2 Year College: New England Institute of Technology
Mid-Career Salary: $64,800
City: Warwick

South Carolina

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Best 2 Year College: Florence-Darlington Technical College
Mid-Career Salary: $60,100
City: Florence

South Dakota

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Best 2 Year College: University of South Dakota
Mid-Career Salary: $66,900
City: Vermillion

Tennessee

Best 2 Year College: Aquinas College
Mid-Career Salary: $71,500
City: Nashville

Texas

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Best 2 Year College: Galveston College
Mid-Career Salary: $70,200
City: Galveston

Utah

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Best 2 Year College: Weber State University
Mid-Career Salary: $68,900
City: Odgen

Vermont

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Best 2 Year College: Vermont Technical College
Mid-Career Salary: $65,200
City: Randolph

Virginia

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Best 2 Year College: Regent University
Mid-Career Salary: $74,500
City: Virginia Beach

Washington

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Best 2 Year College: Bellevue College
Mid-Career Salary: $73,100
City: Bellevue

West Virginia

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Best 2 Year College: Davis & Elkins College
Mid-Career Salary: $62,000
City: Elkins

Wisconsin

Best 2 Year College: University of Wisconsin Colleges
Mid-Career Salary: $62,500
City: Madison

Wyoming

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Best 2 Year College: Laramie County Community College
Mid-Career Salary: $58,600
City: Fox-Farm College

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