Best Community Colleges in California by Salary Potential

California has more two-year colleges than any other state. If you’re looking for a top-paying, two-year college degree, find out which California community college graduate salaries are the highest.

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Rank 
School Name 
School Type
Degree Type 
School Sector
Early Career Pay
 
Median salary for alumni with 0-5 years experience
Mid-Career Pay
 
Median salary for alumni with 10+ years experience
% High Meaning
 
% alumni who say their work makes the world a better place
% STEM Degrees
 
% degrees awarded in science, technology, engineering or math subjects
1AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$65,500$89,800N/A9%

1Pacific Union College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$65,500
Mid-Career Pay$89,800
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees9%
2AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$57,700$78,600N/A3%

2Loma Linda University
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$57,700
Mid-Career Pay$78,600
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees3%
3AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$56,600$78,400N/A4%

3Mount Saint Mary's University
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$56,600
Mid-Career Pay$78,400
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees4%
4AssociatesPublic$48,200$75,00067%8%

4Evergreen Valley College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$48,200
Mid-Career Pay$75,000
% High Meaning67%
% STEM Degrees8%
5AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$49,300$74,90040%80%

5Coleman University
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$49,300
Mid-Career Pay$74,900
% High Meaning40%
% STEM Degrees80%
6AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$52,500$74,500N/A0%

6Casa Loma College-Van Nuys
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$52,500
Mid-Career Pay$74,500
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
7AssociatesPublic$51,100$74,00060%4%

7De Anza College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$51,100
Mid-Career Pay$74,000
% High Meaning60%
% STEM Degrees4%
8AssociatesPublic$45,600$73,40053%4%

8Saddleback College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$45,600
Mid-Career Pay$73,400
% High Meaning53%
% STEM Degrees4%
9AssociatesPublic$45,100$73,30059%13%

9Diablo Valley College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$45,100
Mid-Career Pay$73,300
% High Meaning59%
% STEM Degrees13%
10AssociatesPublic$46,100$72,80063%5%

10West Valley College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$46,100
Mid-Career Pay$72,800
% High Meaning63%
% STEM Degrees5%
11AssociatesPublic$47,900$72,60061%9%

11Cabrillo College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$47,900
Mid-Career Pay$72,600
% High Meaning61%
% STEM Degrees9%
12AssociatesPublic$50,300$72,50067%4%

12Foothill College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$50,300
Mid-Career Pay$72,500
% High Meaning67%
% STEM Degrees4%
13AssociatesPublic$50,600$72,30062%11%

13College of San Mateo
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$50,600
Mid-Career Pay$72,300
% High Meaning62%
% STEM Degrees11%
14AssociatesPublic$48,900$71,90060%2%

14Napa Valley College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$48,900
Mid-Career Pay$71,900
% High Meaning60%
% STEM Degrees2%
15AssociatesPublic$44,200$71,40062%9%

15Orange Coast College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$44,200
Mid-Career Pay$71,400
% High Meaning62%
% STEM Degrees9%
16AssociatesPublic$48,500$71,10052%10%

16City College of San Francisco
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$48,500
Mid-Career Pay$71,100
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees10%
16AssociatesPublic$44,100$71,10052%6%

16Moorpark College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$44,100
Mid-Career Pay$71,100
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees6%
18AssociatesPublic$46,400$70,40066%10%

18Sacramento City College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$46,400
Mid-Career Pay$70,400
% High Meaning66%
% STEM Degrees10%
19AssociatesPublic$46,600$70,00065%6%

19Bakersfield College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$46,600
Mid-Career Pay$70,000
% High Meaning65%
% STEM Degrees6%
20AssociatesPublic$46,000$69,90057%7%

20Chabot College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$46,000
Mid-Career Pay$69,900
% High Meaning57%
% STEM Degrees7%
21AssociatesPublic$43,300$69,80056%9%

21Antelope Valley College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$43,300
Mid-Career Pay$69,800
% High Meaning56%
% STEM Degrees9%
22AssociatesPublic$47,900$69,70060%27%

22Ohlone College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$47,900
Mid-Career Pay$69,700
% High Meaning60%
% STEM Degrees27%
23AssociatesPublic$46,300$69,60060%3%

23Grossmont College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$46,300
Mid-Career Pay$69,600
% High Meaning60%
% STEM Degrees3%
24AssociatesPublic$45,500$69,40054%2%

24Victor Valley College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$45,500
Mid-Career Pay$69,400
% High Meaning54%
% STEM Degrees2%
24AssociatesPublic$45,300$69,40063%4%

24Skyline College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$45,300
Mid-Career Pay$69,400
% High Meaning63%
% STEM Degrees4%
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For those looking for top-paying, two-year colleges in California, PayScale provides information on a number of junior colleges and their graduates’ salaries to evaluate the highest- and lowest-earning potential. Almost all of those are part of the robust public two-year college system, which awards most of the associate degrees in the state. Some of the most famous associate-degree-granting colleges in the Golden State include Foothill College, Santa Monica College and Sierra College.

The California Community College system is the largest system of higher education in the world. The CCCS has 112 schools in 72 districts in the state and was founded in 1967.

And not only is California well known for its schools, but also for being a center of fashion and culture, and a state seemingly stuffed with endless natural beauty, including Yosemite, Joshua Tree and Redwoods National Parks.


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