Best Community Colleges in Massachusetts by Salary Potential

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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$61,600$83,500N/A0%

1Laboure College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$61,600
Mid-Career Pay$83,500
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
2AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$55,400$79,800N/A0%

2Lawrence Memorial Hospital School of Nursing
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$55,400
Mid-Career Pay$79,800
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
3AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$52,100$73,700N/A2%

3Regis College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$52,100
Mid-Career Pay$73,700
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees2%
4AssociatesPublic$51,500$72,80057%35%

4University of Massachusetts-Lowell
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$51,500
Mid-Career Pay$72,800
% High Meaning57%
% STEM Degrees35%
5AssociatesPublic$45,600$70,40061%0%

5Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$45,600
Mid-Career Pay$70,400
% High Meaning61%
% STEM Degrees0%
6AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$45,900$69,100N/A7%

6Bentley University
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$45,900
Mid-Career Pay$69,100
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees7%
7AssociatesPublic$46,300$69,00060%4%

7Middlesex Community College (Massachusetts)
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$46,300
Mid-Career Pay$69,000
% High Meaning60%
% STEM Degrees4%
8AssociatesPublic$46,400$67,20051%6%

8Massachusetts Bay Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$46,400
Mid-Career Pay$67,200
% High Meaning51%
% STEM Degrees6%
9AssociatesPublic$45,400$66,30060%16%

9Bunker Hill Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$45,400
Mid-Career Pay$66,300
% High Meaning60%
% STEM Degrees16%
10AssociatesPublic$46,100$65,50060%4%

10Quincy College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$46,100
Mid-Career Pay$65,500
% High Meaning60%
% STEM Degrees4%
11AssociatesPublic$43,800$65,30064%3%

11Cape Cod Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$43,800
Mid-Career Pay$65,300
% High Meaning64%
% STEM Degrees3%
12AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$43,800$65,10047%1%

12Dean College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$43,800
Mid-Career Pay$65,100
% High Meaning47%
% STEM Degrees1%
13AssociatesPublic$46,400$64,80059%9%

13Springfield Technical Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$46,400
Mid-Career Pay$64,800
% High Meaning59%
% STEM Degrees9%
14AssociatesPublic$44,400$64,50051%7%

14Massasoit Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$44,400
Mid-Career Pay$64,500
% High Meaning51%
% STEM Degrees7%
15AssociatesPublic$43,900$64,20055%5%

15North Shore Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$43,900
Mid-Career Pay$64,200
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees5%
16AssociatesPublic$42,300$63,50063%12%

16Northern Essex Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$42,300
Mid-Career Pay$63,500
% High Meaning63%
% STEM Degrees12%
16AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$41,900$63,500N/A1%

16Nichols College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$41,900
Mid-Career Pay$63,500
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees1%
18AssociatesPublic$44,300$63,200N/A23%

18University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$44,300
Mid-Career Pay$63,200
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees23%
19AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$42,600$62,90069%3%

19Becker College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$42,600
Mid-Career Pay$62,900
% High Meaning69%
% STEM Degrees3%
20AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$44,200$62,30050%6%

20Newbury College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$44,200
Mid-Career Pay$62,300
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees6%
21AssociatesPublic$42,800$61,50054%10%

21Quinsigamond Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$42,800
Mid-Career Pay$61,500
% High Meaning54%
% STEM Degrees10%
22AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$42,900$61,20063%1%

22Mount Ida College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$42,900
Mid-Career Pay$61,200
% High Meaning63%
% STEM Degrees1%
23AssociatesPublic$42,600$60,60066%11%

23Mount Wachusett Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$42,600
Mid-Career Pay$60,600
% High Meaning66%
% STEM Degrees11%
23AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$40,700$60,600N/A9%

23Eastern Nazarene College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$40,700
Mid-Career Pay$60,600
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees9%
25AssociatesPublic$40,300$59,80047%5%

25Bristol Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$40,300
Mid-Career Pay$59,800
% High Meaning47%
% STEM Degrees5%
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Famous as a state liberally dotted with college campuses, Massachusetts counts a number of two-year schools among its college ranks.

Quincy College often produces relatively highly paid graduates in their early careers with an associate degree only, and that trend continues with one of the highest mid-career pay rates (with 10 years of experience). Middlesex Community College is the largest community college in Massachusetts — just edging out Bristol.

While a solid percent of Northern Essex Community College alumni say their jobs are meaningful, that number is smaller for alumni from Quinsigamond Community College.

Fischer College’s student body is primarily female, while Massachusetts Bay Community College has a gender split of about 54 percent female and 46 percent male.

Overall, students from some of these colleges go on to have meaningful jobs in such fields as Nurses, Managers, Automotive Technicians, and Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. Massachusetts is known to be a progressive state with a good economy and school system.


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