Best Community Colleges in Colorado by Salary Potential

Looking for the best community colleges in Colorado with the highest-paid graduates? Compare 2-year colleges by alumni salaries.

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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
1AssociatesPublic$55,600$76,60073%0%

1Colorado Northwestern Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$55,600
Mid-Career Pay$76,600
% High Meaning73%
% STEM Degrees0%
2AssociatesPublic$43,200$66,30071%1%

2Community College of Denver
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$43,200
Mid-Career Pay$66,300
% High Meaning71%
% STEM Degrees1%
3AssociatesPublic$41,900$65,400N/A0%

3Trinidad State Junior College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$41,900
Mid-Career Pay$65,400
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
4AssociatesPublic$44,500$64,200N/A0%

4Morgan Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$44,500
Mid-Career Pay$64,200
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
5AssociatesPublic$43,900$63,30051%3%

5Arapahoe Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$43,900
Mid-Career Pay$63,300
% High Meaning51%
% STEM Degrees3%
6AssociatesPublic$43,100$63,00070%7%

6Colorado Mesa University
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$43,100
Mid-Career Pay$63,000
% High Meaning70%
% STEM Degrees7%
7AssociatesPublic$41,100$62,60053%6%

7Front Range Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$41,100
Mid-Career Pay$62,600
% High Meaning53%
% STEM Degrees6%
8AssociatesPublic$42,000$61,40061%3%

8Red Rocks Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$42,000
Mid-Career Pay$61,400
% High Meaning61%
% STEM Degrees3%
9AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$41,700$61,200N/A2%

9Colorado Christian University
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$41,700
Mid-Career Pay$61,200
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees2%
10AssociatesPublic$43,700$60,70072%10%

10Pueblo Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$43,700
Mid-Career Pay$60,700
% High Meaning72%
% STEM Degrees10%
11AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$38,800$59,900N/A0%

11CollegeAmerica-Denver
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$38,800
Mid-Career Pay$59,900
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
12AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$38,500$58,700N/A0%

12Altierus Career College-Thornton
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$38,500
Mid-Career Pay$58,700
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
13AssociatesPublic$37,000$58,50059%4%

13Pikes Peak Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$37,000
Mid-Career Pay$58,500
% High Meaning59%
% STEM Degrees4%
14AssociatesPublic$40,600$58,300N/A0%

14Otero Junior College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$40,600
Mid-Career Pay$58,300
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
15AssociatesPublic$39,700$58,20058%1%

15Aims Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$39,700
Mid-Career Pay$58,200
% High Meaning58%
% STEM Degrees1%
16AssociatesPublic$39,100$57,80061%4%

16Community College of Aurora
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$39,100
Mid-Career Pay$57,800
% High Meaning61%
% STEM Degrees4%
17AssociatesPublic$40,100$56,90050%2%

17Colorado Mountain College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$40,100
Mid-Career Pay$56,900
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees2%
18AssociatesPublic$37,900$55,300N/A0%

18Lamar Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$37,900
Mid-Career Pay$55,300
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
19AssociatesPublic$36,500$54,30068%0%

19Northeastern Junior College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$36,500
Mid-Career Pay$54,300
% High Meaning68%
% STEM Degrees0%
20AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$34,700$53,000N/A0%

20Johnson & Wales University-Denver
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$34,700
Mid-Career Pay$53,000
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
21AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$31,900$48,400N/A5%

21Altierus Career College-Colorado Springs
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$31,900
Mid-Career Pay$48,400
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees5%
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There are a handful of colleges in Colorado that offer associate degrees included in PayScale’s College Salary Report.

Pueblo Community College and Arapahoe Community College are consistently among the best community colleges in Colorado for associate degree salaries. But while a large number graduates from Pueblo say their jobs are meaningful, that number goes down for students of Arapahoe Community College.

The Centennial State is famous for skiing, and noted for its vivid landscape of mountains, forests, high plains, mesas, canyons, plateaus, rivers, and desert lands. It’s also well-known for its many 14,000-foot mountains – “14ers” – and is home to Rocky Mountain National Park, a 415 square-mile wonderland of hiking and climbing goodness, and the most-visited National Park in 2015.


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