Best Community Colleges in Michigan by Salary Potential

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RankSchool NameSchool SectorEarly Career Pay
Mid-Career Pay
% High Meaning
% STEM Degrees
Rank:1School Name:Lawrence Technological UniversitySchool Sector:Private not-for-profitEarly Career Pay:$47,800Mid-Career Pay:$70,400% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:60%
Rank:2School Name:Finlandia UniversitySchool Sector:Private not-for-profitEarly Career Pay:$45,700Mid-Career Pay:$63,500% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:2%
Rank:3School Name:Henry Ford CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$41,700Mid-Career Pay:$63,400% High Meaning:54%% STEM Degrees:9%
Rank:4School Name:Ferris State UniversitySchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$43,600Mid-Career Pay:$62,400% High Meaning:69%% STEM Degrees:8%
Rank:5School Name:Jackson CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$40,700Mid-Career Pay:$61,800% High Meaning:64%% STEM Degrees:11%
Rank:6School Name:Schoolcraft CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$41,600Mid-Career Pay:$61,300% High Meaning:53%% STEM Degrees:8%
Rank:7School Name:Northwood UniversitySchool Sector:Private not-for-profitEarly Career Pay:$42,100Mid-Career Pay:$61,100% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:1%
Rank:7School Name:St Clair County Community CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$40,500Mid-Career Pay:$61,100% High Meaning:50%% STEM Degrees:3%
Rank:7School Name:Macomb Community CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$40,900Mid-Career Pay:$61,100% High Meaning:50%% STEM Degrees:4%
Rank:10School Name:Kirtland Community CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$41,700Mid-Career Pay:$61,000% High Meaning:70%% STEM Degrees:0%
Rank:11School Name:Washtenaw Community CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$40,000Mid-Career Pay:$60,700% High Meaning:54%% STEM Degrees:5%
Rank:12School Name:Kellogg Community CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$42,100Mid-Career Pay:$60,300% High Meaning:59%% STEM Degrees:0%
Rank:13School Name:Oakland Community CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$39,400Mid-Career Pay:$59,900% High Meaning:53%% STEM Degrees:3%
Rank:14School Name:Mott Community CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$41,800Mid-Career Pay:$59,700% High Meaning:57%% STEM Degrees:8%
Rank:15School Name:Monroe County Community CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$39,300Mid-Career Pay:$59,300% High Meaning:54%% STEM Degrees:4%
Rank:16School Name:Grand Rapids Community CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$39,700Mid-Career Pay:$59,100% High Meaning:56%% STEM Degrees:3%
Rank:17School Name:Lansing Community CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$41,000Mid-Career Pay:$58,500% High Meaning:55%% STEM Degrees:9%
Rank:18School Name:Kalamazoo Valley Community CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$39,500Mid-Career Pay:$58,400% High Meaning:51%% STEM Degrees:5%
Rank:19School Name:Cleary UniversitySchool Sector:Private not-for-profitEarly Career Pay:$41,000Mid-Career Pay:$58,200% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:0%
Rank:20School Name:West Shore Community CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$37,500Mid-Career Pay:$57,600% High Meaning:61%% STEM Degrees:1%
Rank:21School Name:Lake Michigan CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$40,200Mid-Career Pay:$57,500% High Meaning:63%% STEM Degrees:4%
Rank:22School Name:Muskegon Community CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$40,000Mid-Career Pay:$57,000% High Meaning:45%% STEM Degrees:2%
Rank:23School Name:Southwestern Michigan CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$39,000Mid-Career Pay:$56,900% High Meaning:37%% STEM Degrees:2%
Rank:24School Name:Bay de Noc Community CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$37,000Mid-Career Pay:$56,600% High Meaning:66%% STEM Degrees:3%
Rank:25School Name:North Central Michigan CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$36,600Mid-Career Pay:$56,400% High Meaning:56%% STEM Degrees:8%

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There are a number 2-year colleges and universities in Michigan in PayScale’s College Salary Report. They present a wide variety of options, ranging from large public schools to tiny for-profit colleges and mid-sized, private non-profit schools.

Along with a great name, Henry Ford Community College has one of the highest earning potential of career colleges in the state. The ITT Tech Troy campus also boasts a highest mid-career median salary — that is, the salary for those who’ve been in the workforce for 10 or more years; graduates from Mott Community College go on to earn a solid salary after they’ve had 10 or more years of experience. Mott also boasts a high percentage of graduates who say their jobs are meaningful.

Baker College in Muskegon has the smallest undergraduate enrollment, with about 4,000 students, while Oakland Community College has the largest, with roughly 26,500 students.

Top industries in the Wolverine State are Automotive, Manufacturing, Tourism, and Agriculture. Some of Michigan’s top employers include the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Detroit Receiving Hospital, Blogett Hospital, Beaumont Hospital, Delphi Thermal Systems, Henry Ford Hospital, and Sparrow Health.