Best Community Colleges in Arkansas by Salary Potential

Thinking of earning an associate degree in Arkansas? PayScale ranks two-year colleges by alumni salaries.

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RankSchool NameSchool SectorEarly Career Pay
Mid-Career Pay
% High Meaning
% STEM Degrees
Rank:1School Name:Southern Arkansas University Main CampusSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$43,400Mid-Career Pay:$65,500% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:53%
Rank:2School Name:University of Central ArkansasSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$42,400Mid-Career Pay:$62,800% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:8%
Rank:2School Name:University of Arkansas at Little RockSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$41,900Mid-Career Pay:$62,800% High Meaning:77%% STEM Degrees:13%
Rank:4School Name:University of Arkansas for Medical SciencesSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$41,700Mid-Career Pay:$61,700% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:3%
Rank:5School Name:University of Arkansas-Fort SmithSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$41,200Mid-Career Pay:$61,500% High Meaning:64%% STEM Degrees:9%
Rank:6School Name:Arkansas State University-Main CampusSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$39,600Mid-Career Pay:$60,200% High Meaning:61%% STEM Degrees:7%
Rank:7School Name:South Arkansas Community CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$39,500Mid-Career Pay:$59,700% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:3%
Rank:8School Name:University of Arkansas at MonticelloSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$39,900Mid-Career Pay:$59,000% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:2%
Rank:9School Name:NorthWest Arkansas Community CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$37,400Mid-Career Pay:$58,500% High Meaning:55%% STEM Degrees:2%
Rank:10School Name:North Arkansas CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$39,400Mid-Career Pay:$58,100% High Meaning:78%% STEM Degrees:3%
Rank:11School Name:National Park CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$38,500Mid-Career Pay:$57,100% High Meaning:79%% STEM Degrees:5%
Rank:12School Name:Southern Arkansas University TechSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$36,000Mid-Career Pay:$56,800% High Meaning:49%% STEM Degrees:12%
Rank:13School Name:Arkansas Tech UniversitySchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$36,500Mid-Career Pay:$56,300% High Meaning:61%% STEM Degrees:7%
Rank:14School Name:Arkansas State University Three RiversSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$38,300Mid-Career Pay:$56,000% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:0%
Rank:15School Name:University of Arkansas Hope-TexarkanaSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$35,800Mid-Career Pay:$54,200% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:2%
Rank:16School Name:East Arkansas Community CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$34,800Mid-Career Pay:$52,800% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:0%
Rank:17School Name:Phillips Community College of the University of ArkansasSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$34,200Mid-Career Pay:$52,500% High Meaning:70%% STEM Degrees:1%
Rank:18School Name:Black River Technical CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$34,000Mid-Career Pay:$52,000% High Meaning:55%% STEM Degrees:1%
Rank:19School Name:Cossatot Community College of the University of ArkansasSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$33,900Mid-Career Pay:$50,500% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:0%
Rank:20School Name:Arkansas State University-BeebeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$31,900Mid-Career Pay:$49,100% High Meaning:49%% STEM Degrees:0%
Rank:21School Name:University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$34,000Mid-Career Pay:$49,000% High Meaning:52%% STEM Degrees:4%

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People such as politician and educational advocate William Fulbright; former President – and famous Razorbacks fan – Bill Clinton (who served as the 40th and 42nd Governor of Arkansas); his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; former NATO Supreme Allied Commander General Wesley Clark, Walmart magnate Sam Walton; world-famous country music singer-songwriters Johnny Cash and Glen Campbell; have all lived in Arkansas.

Arkansas is also emblematic of the southeastern United States geographically; the famous Ozark Mountains reach across its northern border, and the densely forested land in the south is known as the Arkansas Timberlands. The state’s eastern lowlands along the Mississippi River are also beautiful and classically American.