Best Community & Career Colleges in Virginia by Salary Potential

Want to further your education but not worry about student loan payments? Check out Virginia’s best two-year 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$51,300$76,200N/A1%

1Regent University
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$51,300
Mid-Career Pay$76,200
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees1%
2AssociatesPublic$45,800$71,00059%12%

2Northern Virginia Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$45,800
Mid-Career Pay$71,000
% High Meaning59%
% STEM Degrees12%
3AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$49,400$70,300N/A1%

3Jefferson College of Health Sciences
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$49,400
Mid-Career Pay$70,300
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees1%
4AssociatesPublic$44,700$69,200N/A42%

4Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$44,700
Mid-Career Pay$69,200
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees42%
4AssociatesPublic$47,000$69,200N/A17%

4Norfolk State University
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$47,000
Mid-Career Pay$69,200
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees17%
6AssociatesPublic$43,100$61,80063%4%

6Piedmont Virginia Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$43,100
Mid-Career Pay$61,800
% High Meaning63%
% STEM Degrees4%
7AssociatesPublic$40,100$60,80064%6%

7Virginia Western Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$40,100
Mid-Career Pay$60,800
% High Meaning64%
% STEM Degrees6%
8AssociatesPublic$42,900$60,60061%3%

8John Tyler Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$42,900
Mid-Career Pay$60,600
% High Meaning61%
% STEM Degrees3%
9AssociatesPublic$39,500$59,40057%4%

9Lord Fairfax Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$39,500
Mid-Career Pay$59,400
% High Meaning57%
% STEM Degrees4%
10AssociatesPublic$41,600$58,90073%3%

10Germanna Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$41,600
Mid-Career Pay$58,900
% High Meaning73%
% STEM Degrees3%
11AssociatesPublic$37,700$58,70064%6%

11Thomas Nelson Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$37,700
Mid-Career Pay$58,700
% High Meaning64%
% STEM Degrees6%
11AssociatesPublic$40,100$58,700N/A90%

11Richard Bland College of William and Mary
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$40,100
Mid-Career Pay$58,700
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees90%
13AssociatesPublic$40,600$58,60055%5%

13J Sargeant Reynolds Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$40,600
Mid-Career Pay$58,600
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees5%
14AssociatesPublic$37,800$58,500N/A2%

14Dabney S Lancaster Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$37,800
Mid-Career Pay$58,500
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees2%
15AssociatesPublic$37,700$57,00060%1%

15Wytheville Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$37,700
Mid-Career Pay$57,000
% High Meaning60%
% STEM Degrees1%
16AssociatesPublic$38,200$56,700N/A1%

16Paul D Camp Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$38,200
Mid-Career Pay$56,700
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees1%
17AssociatesPublic$38,200$56,60053%2%

17New River Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$38,200
Mid-Career Pay$56,600
% High Meaning53%
% STEM Degrees2%
18AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$38,200$56,00064%1%

18Liberty University
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$38,200
Mid-Career Pay$56,000
% High Meaning64%
% STEM Degrees1%
19AssociatesPublic$38,300$55,40062%5%

19Tidewater Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$38,300
Mid-Career Pay$55,400
% High Meaning62%
% STEM Degrees5%
20AssociatesPublic$37,300$54,80059%2%

20Southwest Virginia Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$37,300
Mid-Career Pay$54,800
% High Meaning59%
% STEM Degrees2%
21AssociatesPublic$35,000$54,700N/A4%

21Patrick Henry Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$35,000
Mid-Career Pay$54,700
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees4%
22AssociatesPublic$36,600$54,50063%1%

22Blue Ridge Community College (Virginia)
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$36,600
Mid-Career Pay$54,500
% High Meaning63%
% STEM Degrees1%
23AssociatesPublic$34,900$53,600N/A2%

23Virginia Highlands Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$34,900
Mid-Career Pay$53,600
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees2%
24AssociatesPublic$37,900$53,200N/A4%

24Rappahannock Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$37,900
Mid-Career Pay$53,200
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees4%
25AssociatesPublic$35,300$52,80062%4%

25Mountain Empire Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$35,300
Mid-Career Pay$52,800
% High Meaning62%
% STEM Degrees4%
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Two of the best colleges in Virginia when it comes to healthcare, both Tidewater Community College and Northern Virginia Community College are well known for their nursing programs, and medical fields offer some of the best job opportunities in the state. The goal of this report is provide you with valuable data on what colleges will provide you not only with a solid academic return on your degree, but also help you to meet your post-grad financial goals.

John Tyler Community College is the smallest two-year school, with about 10,000 students. They are also tied with Northern Virginia for highest early-career salary. Northern Virginia Community College’s 50,000 students make their school nearly five times as large.

The first peanuts grown in the country were grown in Virginia, and the food industry is still one of the main industries. Energy, IT and automotive industries are also important to the state. Birthplace to eight presidents, and the site of the first successful English colony, politics and government have always played an important role in the state. Many Virginia graduates find employment with the United States government the employer for around one fourth of the state.


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