Best Community Colleges in Pennsylvania by Salary Potential

Want to earn more money without committing to a four-year program? Check out Pennsylvania’s best community colleges by graduate salary.

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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$52,800$75,300N/A23%

1Villanova University
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$52,800
Mid-Career Pay$75,300
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees23%
2AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$50,200$74,400N/A28%

2Drexel University
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$50,200
Mid-Career Pay$74,400
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees28%
3AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$53,100$74,000N/A0%

3Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$53,100
Mid-Career Pay$74,000
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
4AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$47,500$72,20074%0%

4Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$47,500
Mid-Career Pay$72,200
% High Meaning74%
% STEM Degrees0%
5AssociatesPublic$47,500$71,400N/A38%

5Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Wilkes-Barre
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$47,500
Mid-Career Pay$71,400
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees38%
6AssociatesPublic$47,800$71,00044%39%

6Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Berks
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$47,800
Mid-Career Pay$71,000
% High Meaning44%
% STEM Degrees39%
7AssociatesPublic$43,200$69,300N/A25%

7Pennsylvania State University-Penn State York
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$43,200
Mid-Career Pay$69,300
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees25%
8AssociatesPublic$46,500$68,700N/A13%

8Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Abington
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$46,500
Mid-Career Pay$68,700
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees13%
8AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$46,700$68,700N/A21%

8University of Pennsylvania
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$46,700
Mid-Career Pay$68,700
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees21%
10AssociatesPublic$45,100$68,500N/A31%

10Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$45,100
Mid-Career Pay$68,500
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees31%
11AssociatesPublic$44,100$68,30065%37%

11Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$44,100
Mid-Career Pay$68,300
% High Meaning65%
% STEM Degrees37%
11AssociatesPublic$45,100$68,300N/A31%

11Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Harrisburg
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$45,100
Mid-Career Pay$68,300
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees31%
13AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$51,800$68,100N/A1%

13Gwynedd Mercy University
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$51,800
Mid-Career Pay$68,100
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees1%
14AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$47,700$67,000N/A7%

14Saint Francis University
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$47,700
Mid-Career Pay$67,000
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees7%
15AssociatesPublic$47,400$66,700N/A17%

15University of Pittsburgh-Bradford
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$47,400
Mid-Career Pay$66,700
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees17%
16AssociatesPublic$45,200$66,400N/A10%

16Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Mont Alto
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$45,200
Mid-Career Pay$66,400
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees10%
17AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$40,300$65,10045%12%

17Pittsburgh Technical College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$40,300
Mid-Career Pay$65,100
% High Meaning45%
% STEM Degrees12%
18AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$45,400$64,900N/A3%

18Alvernia University
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$45,400
Mid-Career Pay$64,900
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees3%
19AssociatesPublic$44,200$64,100N/A27%

19University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$44,200
Mid-Career Pay$64,100
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees27%
20AssociatesPublic$44,800$63,800N/A8%

20Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Hazleton
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$44,800
Mid-Career Pay$63,800
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees8%
21AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$42,400$63,600N/A5%

21La Salle University
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$42,400
Mid-Career Pay$63,600
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees5%
22AssociatesPublic$42,200$63,10055%6%

22Delaware County Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$42,200
Mid-Career Pay$63,100
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees6%
22AssociatesPublic$41,000$63,10067%13%

22Temple University
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$41,000
Mid-Career Pay$63,100
% High Meaning67%
% STEM Degrees13%
24AssociatesPublic$40,900$63,000N/A32%

24Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Erie-Behrend College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$40,900
Mid-Career Pay$63,000
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees32%
25AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$44,700$62,800N/A6%

25Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University)
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$44,700
Mid-Career Pay$62,800
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees6%
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Pennsylvania is the sixth most populous state in the United States and home to 29 two-year schools. PayScale’s College Salary Report has alumni salary data for graduates from roughly half of them.

If you want to earn an associate degree from a Pennsylvania college with the highest salary potential, Bucks County Community College, located outside of Philadelphia, Is a good bet. Penn State grants associate degrees as well as bachelor’s degrees.

Harcum College, a private residential 2-year college in Bryn Mawr, was the first college in Pennyslvania to offer associate degrees and has many programs in the Health Sciences.


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