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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RankSchool NameSchool SectorEarly Career Pay
Mid-Career Pay
% High Meaning
% STEM Degrees
Rank:1School Name:Pacific Union CollegeSchool Sector:Private not-for-profitEarly Career Pay:$66,900Mid-Career Pay:$90,400% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:9%
Rank:2School Name:Mount Saint Mary's UniversitySchool Sector:Private not-for-profitEarly Career Pay:$60,200Mid-Career Pay:$80,400% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:4%
Rank:2School Name:Loma Linda UniversitySchool Sector:Private not-for-profitEarly Career Pay:$59,700Mid-Career Pay:$80,400% High Meaning:74%% STEM Degrees:3%
Rank:4School Name:Coleman UniversitySchool Sector:Private not-for-profitEarly Career Pay:$51,300Mid-Career Pay:$76,600% High Meaning:42%% STEM Degrees:80%
Rank:5School Name:Evergreen Valley CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$49,700Mid-Career Pay:$76,400% High Meaning:63%% STEM Degrees:8%
Rank:6School Name:De Anza CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$52,100Mid-Career Pay:$75,500% High Meaning:58%% STEM Degrees:4%
Rank:7School Name:Cabrillo CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$48,900Mid-Career Pay:$75,100% High Meaning:62%% STEM Degrees:9%
Rank:8School Name:Diablo Valley CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$46,200Mid-Career Pay:$74,800% High Meaning:60%% STEM Degrees:13%
Rank:9School Name:Saddleback CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$45,700Mid-Career Pay:$74,300% High Meaning:55%% STEM Degrees:4%
Rank:10School Name:Foothill CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$52,200Mid-Career Pay:$73,900% High Meaning:61%% STEM Degrees:4%
Rank:11School Name:West Valley CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$46,300Mid-Career Pay:$73,800% High Meaning:62%% STEM Degrees:5%
Rank:12School Name:College of San MateoSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$51,400Mid-Career Pay:$73,700% High Meaning:63%% STEM Degrees:11%
Rank:13School Name:Orange Coast CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$45,000Mid-Career Pay:$72,900% High Meaning:61%% STEM Degrees:9%
Rank:14School Name:City College of San FranciscoSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$50,200Mid-Career Pay:$72,600% High Meaning:53%% STEM Degrees:10%
Rank:15School Name:Taft CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$48,900Mid-Career Pay:$71,800% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:14%
Rank:16School Name:Chabot CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$47,100Mid-Career Pay:$71,500% High Meaning:59%% STEM Degrees:7%
Rank:17School Name:Moorpark CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$44,700Mid-Career Pay:$71,400% High Meaning:50%% STEM Degrees:6%
Rank:18School Name:Napa Valley CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$48,300Mid-Career Pay:$71,000% High Meaning:62%% STEM Degrees:2%
Rank:18School Name:Ohlone CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$47,900Mid-Career Pay:$71,000% High Meaning:61%% STEM Degrees:27%
Rank:18School Name:Sacramento City CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$47,300Mid-Career Pay:$71,000% High Meaning:69%% STEM Degrees:10%
Rank:21School Name:Bakersfield CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$46,300Mid-Career Pay:$70,900% High Meaning:64%% STEM Degrees:6%
Rank:22School Name:Canada CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$48,400Mid-Career Pay:$70,600% High Meaning:63%% STEM Degrees:7%
Rank:23School Name:Grossmont CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$46,800Mid-Career Pay:$70,400% High Meaning:63%% STEM Degrees:3%
Rank:24School Name:Victor Valley CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$45,900Mid-Career Pay:$69,600% High Meaning:56%% STEM Degrees:2%
Rank:25School Name:Skyline CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$45,300Mid-Career Pay:$69,500% High Meaning:56%% STEM Degrees:4%

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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.