Best Community Colleges in New York by Salary Potential

There are many great two-year colleges in New York state. Find out which ones top our list based on graduate salary.

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RankSchool NameSchool SectorEarly Career Pay
Mid-Career Pay
% High Meaning
% STEM Degrees
Rank:1School Name:Helene Fuld College of NursingSchool Sector:Private not-for-profitEarly Career Pay:$69,400Mid-Career Pay:$90,600% High Meaning:83%% STEM Degrees:0%
Rank:2School Name:Phillips School of Nursing at Mount Sinai Beth IsraelSchool Sector:Private not-for-profitEarly Career Pay:$61,000Mid-Career Pay:$82,800% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:0%
Rank:3School Name:Belanger School of NursingSchool Sector:Private not-for-profitEarly Career Pay:$56,800Mid-Career Pay:$79,600% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:0%
Rank:4School Name:New York UniversitySchool Sector:Private not-for-profitEarly Career Pay:$56,000Mid-Career Pay:$77,400% High Meaning:63%% STEM Degrees:18%
Rank:5School Name:Pace University-New YorkSchool Sector:Private not-for-profitEarly Career Pay:$50,500Mid-Career Pay:$77,100% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:14%
Rank:6School Name:St John's University-New YorkSchool Sector:Private not-for-profitEarly Career Pay:$47,700Mid-Career Pay:$76,500% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:7%
Rank:7School Name:Fashion Institute of TechnologySchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$45,300Mid-Career Pay:$76,400% High Meaning:36%% STEM Degrees:0%
Rank:8School Name:The New SchoolSchool Sector:Private not-for-profitEarly Career Pay:$52,000Mid-Career Pay:$76,000% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:6%
Rank:9School Name:College of Staten Island CUNYSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$53,900Mid-Career Pay:$75,600% High Meaning:47%% STEM Degrees:11%
Rank:10School Name:Vaughn College of Aeronautics and TechnologySchool Sector:Private not-for-profitEarly Career Pay:$50,000Mid-Career Pay:$75,100% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:4%
Rank:11School Name:Excelsior CollegeSchool Sector:Private not-for-profitEarly Career Pay:$59,000Mid-Career Pay:$74,800% High Meaning:72%% STEM Degrees:1%
Rank:12School Name:CUNY New York City College of TechnologySchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$47,300Mid-Career Pay:$73,100% High Meaning:56%% STEM Degrees:19%
Rank:13School Name:St Joseph's College of Nursing at St Joseph's Hospital Health CenterSchool Sector:Private not-for-profitEarly Career Pay:$51,700Mid-Career Pay:$72,900% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:0%
Rank:14School Name:Pomeroy College of Nursing at Crouse HospitalSchool Sector:Private not-for-profitEarly Career Pay:$52,800Mid-Career Pay:$71,600% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:0%
Rank:14School Name:Farmingdale State CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$49,300Mid-Career Pay:$71,600% High Meaning:56%% STEM Degrees:9%
Rank:16School Name:New York Institute of TechnologySchool Sector:Private not-for-profitEarly Career Pay:$50,000Mid-Career Pay:$71,500% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:35%
Rank:17School Name:Memorial College of NursingSchool Sector:Private not-for-profitEarly Career Pay:$51,000Mid-Career Pay:$70,600% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:0%
Rank:18School Name:Samaritan Hospital School of NursingSchool Sector:Private not-for-profitEarly Career Pay:$48,300Mid-Career Pay:$70,300% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:0%
Rank:19School Name:SUNY Westchester Community CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$43,500Mid-Career Pay:$70,200% High Meaning:59%% STEM Degrees:7%
Rank:20School Name:SUNY Empire State CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$44,400Mid-Career Pay:$70,000% High Meaning:69%% STEM Degrees:6%
Rank:20School Name:Rockland Community CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$45,900Mid-Career Pay:$70,000% High Meaning:69%% STEM Degrees:5%
Rank:22School Name:University at BuffaloSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$45,600Mid-Career Pay:$69,700% High Meaning:61%% STEM Degrees:33%
Rank:23School Name:Orange County Community CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$45,300Mid-Career Pay:$69,200% High Meaning:64%% STEM Degrees:7%
Rank:24School Name:Nassau Community CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$43,300Mid-Career Pay:$69,100% High Meaning:48%% STEM Degrees:3%
Rank:25School Name:CUNY Queensborough Community CollegeSchool Sector:PublicEarly Career Pay:$44,100Mid-Career Pay:$69,000% High Meaning:48%% STEM Degrees:7%

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There are several two-year colleges in New York assessed in PayScale’s College Salary Report. Some of the most popular and notable two-year community colleges offering associate degrees in New York include Corning Community College, Onondaga Community College, and Nassau Community College, which has graduated a variety of celebrated alums including Eddie Murphy, Billy Crystal, and Steve Buscemi. This report should give you a depth of insight into which junior colleges, in terms of salary potential are the best in New York.

Interestingly, Excelsior is ranked highly for students who think their jobs have a meaningful impact on the world, while FIT has a low ranking in the same category. FIT also has a low ranking in PayScale’s report on earning potential for graduates of undergraduate colleges and universities with only a bachelor’s degree in New York State.