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:99School Name:Mt San Jacinto Community College DistrictSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$39,600Mid-Career Pay:$59,800% High Meaning:61%% STEM Degrees:4%
Rank:102School Name:Cerro Coso Community CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$42,000Mid-Career Pay:$59,400% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:8%
Rank:103School Name:Cosumnes River CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$38,700Mid-Career Pay:$59,100% High Meaning:56%% STEM Degrees:10%
Rank:104School Name:Crafton Hills CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$38,100Mid-Career Pay:$58,900% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:8%
Rank:105School Name:Lassen Community CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$38,700Mid-Career Pay:$57,900% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:1%
Rank:106School Name:Feather River Community College DistrictSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$37,900Mid-Career Pay:$57,500% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:3%
Rank:107School Name:Shasta CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$37,800Mid-Career Pay:$57,100% High Meaning:65%% STEM Degrees:2%
Rank:108School Name:Barstow Community CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$37,700Mid-Career Pay:$55,600% High Meaning:66%% STEM Degrees:0%
Rank:109School Name:Humphreys University-Stockton and Modesto CampusesSchool Sector:Private not-for-profitEarly Career Pay:$35,800Mid-Career Pay:$54,400% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:0%
Rank:110School Name:Reedley CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$36,200Mid-Career Pay:$54,000% High Meaning:58%% STEM Degrees:18%
Rank:111School Name:Porterville CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$34,400Mid-Career Pay:$52,700% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:3%

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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.