Best Community Colleges in Massachusetts by Salary Potential

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RankSchool NameSchool SectorEarly Career Pay
Mid-Career Pay
% High Meaning
% STEM Degrees
Rank:1School Name:Laboure CollegeSchool Sector:Private not-for-profitEarly Career Pay:$63,500Mid-Career Pay:$85,400% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:0%
Rank:2School Name:Lawrence Memorial Hospital School of NursingSchool Sector:Private not-for-profitEarly Career Pay:$57,300Mid-Career Pay:$80,900% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:0%
Rank:3School Name:Regis CollegeSchool Sector:Private not-for-profitEarly Career Pay:$53,900Mid-Career Pay:$75,800% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:2%
Rank:4School Name:University of Massachusetts-LowellSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$52,700Mid-Career Pay:$73,800% High Meaning:58%% STEM Degrees:35%
Rank:5School Name:Benjamin Franklin Institute of TechnologySchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$47,300Mid-Career Pay:$73,200% High Meaning:67%% STEM Degrees:0%
Rank:6School Name:Middlesex Community College (Massachusetts)School Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$47,300Mid-Career Pay:$70,600% High Meaning:60%% STEM Degrees:4%
Rank:7School Name:Bentley UniversitySchool Sector:Private not-for-profitEarly Career Pay:$47,000Mid-Career Pay:$69,500% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:7%
Rank:8School Name:Massachusetts Bay Community CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$47,200Mid-Career Pay:$67,900% High Meaning:55%% STEM Degrees:6%
Rank:9School Name:Bunker Hill Community CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$46,400Mid-Career Pay:$67,600% High Meaning:62%% STEM Degrees:16%
Rank:10School Name:Quincy CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$47,300Mid-Career Pay:$67,500% High Meaning:61%% STEM Degrees:4%
Rank:11School Name:Dean CollegeSchool Sector:Private not-for-profitEarly Career Pay:$44,600Mid-Career Pay:$67,300% High Meaning:50%% STEM Degrees:1%
Rank:12School Name:Springfield Technical Community CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$47,400Mid-Career Pay:$66,200% High Meaning:58%% STEM Degrees:9%
Rank:13School Name:Massasoit Community CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$44,900Mid-Career Pay:$65,500% High Meaning:52%% STEM Degrees:7%
Rank:14School Name:North Shore Community CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$44,800Mid-Career Pay:$65,200% High Meaning:57%% STEM Degrees:5%
Rank:15School Name:Cape Cod Community CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$44,000Mid-Career Pay:$65,000% High Meaning:63%% STEM Degrees:3%
Rank:16School Name:Suffolk UniversitySchool Sector:Private not-for-profitEarly Career Pay:$44,400Mid-Career Pay:$64,900% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:6%
Rank:17School Name:Northern Essex Community CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$43,300Mid-Career Pay:$64,800% High Meaning:63%% STEM Degrees:12%
Rank:18School Name:University of Massachusetts-AmherstSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$45,600Mid-Career Pay:$64,600% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:24%
Rank:19School Name:Newbury CollegeSchool Sector:Private not-for-profitEarly Career Pay:$44,900Mid-Career Pay:$63,100% High Meaning:51%% STEM Degrees:6%
Rank:19School Name:Becker CollegeSchool Sector:Private not-for-profitEarly Career Pay:$43,100Mid-Career Pay:$63,100% High Meaning:72%% STEM Degrees:3%
Rank:21School Name:Eastern Nazarene CollegeSchool Sector:Private not-for-profitEarly Career Pay:$42,200Mid-Career Pay:$62,900% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:9%
Rank:21School Name:Quinsigamond Community CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$43,200Mid-Career Pay:$62,900% High Meaning:56%% STEM Degrees:10%
Rank:23School Name:Mount Ida CollegeSchool Sector:Private not-for-profitEarly Career Pay:$43,100Mid-Career Pay:$61,600% High Meaning:60%% STEM Degrees:1%
Rank:24School Name:Mount Wachusett Community CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$43,300Mid-Career Pay:$61,500% High Meaning:62%% STEM Degrees:11%
Rank:25School Name:Bristol Community CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$41,300Mid-Career Pay:$61,200% High Meaning:49%% STEM Degrees:5%

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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.