Best Community Colleges in Michigan by Salary Potential

Save time and money by pursuing an associate degree. Check out Michigan community college salaries with highest-paid graduates.

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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$46,800$70,000N/A60%

1Lawrence Technological University
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$46,800
Mid-Career Pay$70,000
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees60%
2AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$45,100$62,700N/A2%

2Finlandia University
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$45,100
Mid-Career Pay$62,700
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees2%
3AssociatesPublic$40,900$62,30055%9%

3Henry Ford College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$40,900
Mid-Career Pay$62,300
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees9%
4AssociatesPublic$41,700$61,70069%0%

4Kirtland Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$41,700
Mid-Career Pay$61,700
% High Meaning69%
% STEM Degrees0%
5AssociatesPublic$42,900$61,40071%8%

5Ferris State University
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$42,900
Mid-Career Pay$61,400
% High Meaning71%
% STEM Degrees8%
6AssociatesPublic$40,600$60,90060%11%

6Jackson College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$40,600
Mid-Career Pay$60,900
% High Meaning60%
% STEM Degrees11%
7AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$42,000$60,300N/A1%

7Northwood University
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$42,000
Mid-Career Pay$60,300
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees1%
8AssociatesPublic$38,900$60,10057%5%

8Washtenaw Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$38,900
Mid-Career Pay$60,100
% High Meaning57%
% STEM Degrees5%
9AssociatesPublic$40,600$60,00052%8%

9Schoolcraft College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$40,600
Mid-Career Pay$60,000
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees8%
9AssociatesPublic$40,100$60,00051%4%

9Macomb Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$40,100
Mid-Career Pay$60,000
% High Meaning51%
% STEM Degrees4%
11AssociatesPublic$39,000$59,50052%3%

11Oakland Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$39,000
Mid-Career Pay$59,500
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees3%
12AssociatesPublic$40,100$59,40049%3%

12St Clair County Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$40,100
Mid-Career Pay$59,400
% High Meaning49%
% STEM Degrees3%
13AssociatesPublic$41,700$59,30058%8%

13Mott Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$41,700
Mid-Career Pay$59,300
% High Meaning58%
% STEM Degrees8%
14AssociatesPublic$41,200$59,00059%0%

14Kellogg Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$41,200
Mid-Career Pay$59,000
% High Meaning59%
% STEM Degrees0%
15AssociatesPublic$38,700$58,40053%4%

15Monroe County Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$38,700
Mid-Career Pay$58,400
% High Meaning53%
% STEM Degrees4%
15AssociatesPublic$39,100$58,40060%3%

15Grand Rapids Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$39,100
Mid-Career Pay$58,400
% High Meaning60%
% STEM Degrees3%
17AssociatesPublic$39,300$58,00066%4%

17Lake Michigan College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$39,300
Mid-Career Pay$58,000
% High Meaning66%
% STEM Degrees4%
17AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$40,700$58,000N/A0%

17Cleary University
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$40,700
Mid-Career Pay$58,000
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
19AssociatesPublic$39,800$57,50048%2%

19Muskegon Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$39,800
Mid-Career Pay$57,500
% High Meaning48%
% STEM Degrees2%
19AssociatesPublic$38,800$57,50050%5%

19Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$38,800
Mid-Career Pay$57,500
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees5%
21AssociatesPublic$37,100$57,400N/A1%

21West Shore Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$37,100
Mid-Career Pay$57,400
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees1%
22AssociatesPublic$40,100$57,30055%9%

22Lansing Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$40,100
Mid-Career Pay$57,300
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees9%
23AssociatesPublic$36,200$56,60070%3%

23Bay de Noc Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$36,200
Mid-Career Pay$56,600
% High Meaning70%
% STEM Degrees3%
24AssociatesPublic$38,500$55,50034%2%

24Southwestern Michigan College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$38,500
Mid-Career Pay$55,500
% High Meaning34%
% STEM Degrees2%
25AssociatesPublic$36,200$54,90050%1%

25Montcalm Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$36,200
Mid-Career Pay$54,900
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees1%
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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.


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