Best Community Colleges in Minnesota by Salary Potential

Minnesota is the place to be to earn associate degrees for high-paying jobs. Check out Minnesota community colleges, ranked by earning 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$49,500$72,50053%24%

1Dunwoody College of Technology
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$49,500
Mid-Career Pay$72,500
% High Meaning53%
% STEM Degrees24%
2AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$53,600$71,10078%2%

2St Catherine University
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$53,600
Mid-Career Pay$71,100
% High Meaning78%
% STEM Degrees2%
3AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$46,500$66,500N/A1%

3Herzing University-Minneapolis
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$46,500
Mid-Career Pay$66,500
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees1%
4AssociatesPublic$43,800$65,60049%7%

4Normandale Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$43,800
Mid-Career Pay$65,600
% High Meaning49%
% STEM Degrees7%
5AssociatesPublic$46,700$64,900N/A13%

5Minnesota State University-Mankato
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$46,700
Mid-Career Pay$64,900
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees13%
6AssociatesPublic$43,900$64,50063%5%

6Inver Hills Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$43,900
Mid-Career Pay$64,500
% High Meaning63%
% STEM Degrees5%
7AssociatesPublic$42,500$64,00067%15%

7Saint Cloud State University
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$42,500
Mid-Career Pay$64,000
% High Meaning67%
% STEM Degrees15%
8AssociatesPublic$44,400$63,70057%9%

8North Hennepin Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$44,400
Mid-Career Pay$63,700
% High Meaning57%
% STEM Degrees9%
9AssociatesPublic$43,000$63,00066%5%

9Saint Paul College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$43,000
Mid-Career Pay$63,000
% High Meaning66%
% STEM Degrees5%
10AssociatesPublic$42,800$62,80060%7%

10Anoka-Ramsey Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$42,800
Mid-Career Pay$62,800
% High Meaning60%
% STEM Degrees7%
11AssociatesPublic$43,300$62,60052%6%

11Dakota County Technical College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$43,300
Mid-Career Pay$62,600
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees6%
12AssociatesPublic$43,700$62,50063%4%

12Hibbing Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$43,700
Mid-Career Pay$62,500
% High Meaning63%
% STEM Degrees4%
13AssociatesPublic$42,100$62,00051%3%

13St Cloud Technical and Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$42,100
Mid-Career Pay$62,000
% High Meaning51%
% STEM Degrees3%
14AssociatesPublic$44,000$61,70065%0%

14Anoka Technical College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$44,000
Mid-Career Pay$61,700
% High Meaning65%
% STEM Degrees0%
15AssociatesPublic$42,800$61,20072%2%

15Lake Superior College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$42,800
Mid-Career Pay$61,200
% High Meaning72%
% STEM Degrees2%
16AssociatesPublic$40,000$60,70059%5%

16South Central College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$40,000
Mid-Career Pay$60,700
% High Meaning59%
% STEM Degrees5%
16AssociatesPublic$42,200$60,70054%5%

16Century College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$42,200
Mid-Career Pay$60,700
% High Meaning54%
% STEM Degrees5%
16AssociatesPublic$41,200$60,70066%3%

16Minnesota State College Southeast
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$41,200
Mid-Career Pay$60,700
% High Meaning66%
% STEM Degrees3%
16AssociatesPublic$39,300$60,700N/A6%

16Southwest Minnesota State University
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$39,300
Mid-Career Pay$60,700
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees6%
20AssociatesPublic$39,600$60,500N/A14%

20Itasca Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$39,600
Mid-Career Pay$60,500
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees14%
21AssociatesPublic$39,200$60,30059%1%

21Minnesota West Community and Technical College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$39,200
Mid-Career Pay$60,300
% High Meaning59%
% STEM Degrees1%
22AssociatesPublic$39,900$60,20052%3%

22Alexandria Technical & Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$39,900
Mid-Career Pay$60,200
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees3%
22AssociatesPublic$41,700$60,20053%13%

22Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$41,700
Mid-Career Pay$60,200
% High Meaning53%
% STEM Degrees13%
24AssociatesPublic$43,100$60,00050%8%

24Hennepin Technical College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$43,100
Mid-Career Pay$60,000
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees8%
25AssociatesPublic$40,900$59,100N/A7%

25Bemidji State University
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$40,900
Mid-Career Pay$59,100
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees7%
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Two-year colleges in Minnesota State include Alexandria Technical College, South Central College, and Hennepin Technical College. The PayScale College Salary Report can provide plenty of insight as to the broad swathe of earning potential that comes with getting your associates degree in The Gopher State.

Career colleges with the highest-paid graduates include Dunwoody College of Technology and Minnesota State Community and Technical College.

While grads from Dunwoody are likely to make the most compared to graduates from other 2-year community colleges in Maryland, they are not as likely to feel their careers are meaningful. However, a majority of graduates from St. Paul College and Lake Superior College believe their job makes a positive impact on the world.

There are a total of 40 community colleges in Minnesota, and many of these graduates go on to work in industries such as Biosciences, Manufacturing, Data Centers, Clean and Renewable Technology, Banking and Insurance, and Health Services.


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