Best Community Colleges & 2-Year Degree Programs by Salary Potential

PayScale has ranked hundreds of two-year colleges by how much their alumni go on to earn. Find out which schools produce the highest-paid graduates.

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RankSchool NameSchool SectorEarly Career Pay
Mid-Career Pay
% High Meaning
% STEM Degrees
Rank:1250School Name:Jones County Junior CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$36,900Mid-Career Pay:$52,800% High Meaning:64%% STEM Degrees:3%
Rank:1252School Name:Cossatot Community College of the University of ArkansasSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$35,800Mid-Career Pay:$52,700% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:0%
Rank:1253School Name:Washington State Community CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$36,400Mid-Career Pay:$52,600% High Meaning:58%% STEM Degrees:8%
Rank:1253School Name:Coastal Alabama Community CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$35,800Mid-Career Pay:$52,600% High Meaning:63%% STEM Degrees:1%
Rank:1255School Name:Kent State University at StarkSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$34,000Mid-Career Pay:$52,100% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:0%
Rank:1255School Name:Spartanburg Methodist CollegeSchool Sector:Private not-for-profitEarly Career Pay:$33,700Mid-Career Pay:$52,100% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:0%
Rank:1255School Name:H Councill Trenholm State Community CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$35,900Mid-Career Pay:$52,100% High Meaning:74%% STEM Degrees:8%
Rank:1258School Name:East Central Community CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$33,700Mid-Career Pay:$52,000% High Meaning:63%% STEM Degrees:2%
Rank:1258School Name:Maysville Community and Technical CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$34,600Mid-Career Pay:$52,000% High Meaning:67%% STEM Degrees:7%
Rank:1260School Name:Arkansas State University-BeebeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$33,500Mid-Career Pay:$51,800% High Meaning:48%% STEM Degrees:0%
Rank:1261School Name:University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$36,000Mid-Career Pay:$51,500% High Meaning:53%% STEM Degrees:1%
Rank:1262School Name:Medaille CollegeSchool Sector:Private not-for-profitEarly Career Pay:$33,800Mid-Career Pay:$51,400% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:2%
Rank:1263School Name:Ohio Christian UniversitySchool Sector:Private not-for-profitEarly Career Pay:$35,600Mid-Career Pay:$51,300% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:0%
Rank:1263School Name:Albany Technical CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$33,900Mid-Career Pay:$51,300% High Meaning:61%% STEM Degrees:4%
Rank:1265School Name:South Georgia Technical CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$33,100Mid-Career Pay:$50,600% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:12%
Rank:1266School Name:East Georgia State CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$32,100Mid-Career Pay:$50,500% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:5%
Rank:1267School Name:Remington College-Memphis CampusSchool Sector:Private not-for-profitEarly Career Pay:$33,900Mid-Career Pay:$50,400% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:1%
Rank:1268School Name:East Mississippi Community CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$34,200Mid-Career Pay:$50,200% High Meaning:49%% STEM Degrees:10%
Rank:1269School Name:Denmark Technical CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$33,000Mid-Career Pay:$49,300% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:1%
Rank:1270School Name:Altierus Career College-TampaSchool Sector:Private not-for-profitEarly Career Pay:$35,600Mid-Career Pay:$49,200% High Meaning:56%% STEM Degrees:3%
Rank:1271School Name:Bladen Community CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$32,300Mid-Career Pay:$49,100% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:3%
Rank:1272School Name:Ultimate Medical AcademySchool Sector:Private not-for-profitEarly Career Pay:$30,200Mid-Career Pay:$42,800% High Meaning:73%% STEM Degrees:0%

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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 associate degrees in this year’s College Salary Report. You can compare 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 four-year school.