Best Community Colleges in New Jersey by Salary Potential

Want to raise your earning potential by getting an associate degree? Learn more about New Jersey’s best two-year colleges ranked by alumni salaries.

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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
1AssociatesPublic$45,600$70,70053%5%

1County College of Morris
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$45,600
Mid-Career Pay$70,700
% High Meaning53%
% STEM Degrees5%
2AssociatesPublic$47,100$69,40061%0%

2Thomas Edison State University
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$47,100
Mid-Career Pay$69,400
% High Meaning61%
% STEM Degrees0%
3AssociatesPublic$44,200$69,30055%2%

3Bergen Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$44,200
Mid-Career Pay$69,300
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees2%
4AssociatesPublic$42,900$68,90046%11%

4Union County College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$42,900
Mid-Career Pay$68,900
% High Meaning46%
% STEM Degrees11%
5AssociatesPublic$43,100$67,30056%4%

5Mercer County Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$43,100
Mid-Career Pay$67,300
% High Meaning56%
% STEM Degrees4%
6AssociatesPublic$42,100$66,10061%10%

6Rowan College at Gloucester County
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$42,100
Mid-Career Pay$66,100
% High Meaning61%
% STEM Degrees10%
7AssociatesPublic$44,500$65,700N/A28%

7Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$44,500
Mid-Career Pay$65,700
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees28%
7AssociatesPublic$44,600$65,70055%6%

7Raritan Valley Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$44,600
Mid-Career Pay$65,700
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees6%
9AssociatesPublic$43,200$65,60050%6%

9Brookdale Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$43,200
Mid-Career Pay$65,600
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees6%
9AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$45,700$65,600N/A10%

9Felician University
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$45,700
Mid-Career Pay$65,600
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees10%
11AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$42,500$65,400N/A23%

11Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$42,500
Mid-Career Pay$65,400
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees23%
12AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$40,700$64,800N/A5%

12Rider University
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$40,700
Mid-Career Pay$64,800
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees5%
13AssociatesPublic$43,500$64,600N/A4%

13Salem Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$43,500
Mid-Career Pay$64,600
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees4%
14AssociatesPublic$42,900$64,30053%12%

14Middlesex County College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$42,900
Mid-Career Pay$64,300
% High Meaning53%
% STEM Degrees12%
15AssociatesPublic$41,900$64,20051%4%

15Passaic County Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$41,900
Mid-Career Pay$64,200
% High Meaning51%
% STEM Degrees4%
16AssociatesPublic$43,700$61,40052%0%

16Rowan College at Burlington County
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$43,700
Mid-Career Pay$61,400
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees0%
17AssociatesPublic$41,400$61,10070%11%

17Essex County College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$41,400
Mid-Career Pay$61,100
% High Meaning70%
% STEM Degrees11%
18AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$44,000$60,900N/A2%

18Centenary University
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$44,000
Mid-Career Pay$60,900
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees2%
18AssociatesPublic$40,200$60,90051%2%

18Ocean County College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$40,200
Mid-Career Pay$60,900
% High Meaning51%
% STEM Degrees2%
20AssociatesPublic$38,900$60,40056%2%

20Camden County College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$38,900
Mid-Career Pay$60,400
% High Meaning56%
% STEM Degrees2%
21AssociatesPublic$41,100$60,10063%16%

21Cumberland County College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$41,100
Mid-Career Pay$60,100
% High Meaning63%
% STEM Degrees16%
22AssociatesPublic$38,500$58,30048%6%

22Hudson County Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$38,500
Mid-Career Pay$58,300
% High Meaning48%
% STEM Degrees6%
23AssociatesPublic$37,100$57,30058%6%

23Atlantic Cape Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$37,100
Mid-Career Pay$57,300
% High Meaning58%
% STEM Degrees6%
24AssociatesPublic$37,300$56,300N/A4%

24Warren County Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$37,300
Mid-Career Pay$56,300
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees4%
24AssociatesPublic$38,700$56,30047%1%

24Sussex County Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$38,700
Mid-Career Pay$56,300
% High Meaning47%
% STEM Degrees1%
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There’s a short list of New Jersey colleges that offer associate degrees included in PayScale’s College Salary Report. The purpose of the report is to shed light on which colleges can give you the best return in terms of early and mid-career salary data, as well as alumni’s overall career satisfaction.

Best Community Colleges In New Jersey By Alumni Salary

Berkeley College, located in Woodland Park, is the among the best community colleges in New Jersey for career earning potential.

While a high number of graduates from Essex County College, located in Newark, say their say their jobs are meaningful, only a small number cite high job meaning from County College of Morris.

Berkeley is the smallest college (with an undergrad enrollment of 3,671), while the largest school is Bergen Community College (15,882 undergrad enrollment). Students at these schools often go into such careers as Legal Secretary, Paralegal, Designer, and Medical Assistant.


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