Best Community Colleges in Washington by Salary Potential

Furthering your education is a good investment, but you want a degree that will pay. Check out Washington’s top community colleges 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$52,000$75,900N/A0%

1Perry Technical Institute
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$52,000
Mid-Career Pay$75,900
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
2AssociatesPublic$47,500$74,90055%14%

2Bellevue College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$47,500
Mid-Career Pay$74,900
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees14%
3AssociatesPublic$47,700$70,50065%2%

3Bates Technical College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$47,700
Mid-Career Pay$70,500
% High Meaning65%
% STEM Degrees2%
4AssociatesPublic$46,900$69,70061%15%

4Lake Washington Institute of Technology
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$46,900
Mid-Career Pay$69,700
% High Meaning61%
% STEM Degrees15%
5AssociatesPublic$47,700$69,30056%5%

5Shoreline Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$47,700
Mid-Career Pay$69,300
% High Meaning56%
% STEM Degrees5%
6AssociatesPublic$44,900$66,700N/A19%

6Cascadia College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$44,900
Mid-Career Pay$66,700
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees19%
7AssociatesPublic$44,700$66,00048%25%

7Edmonds Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$44,700
Mid-Career Pay$66,000
% High Meaning48%
% STEM Degrees25%
7AssociatesPublic$45,800$66,00060%7%

7North Seattle College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$45,800
Mid-Career Pay$66,000
% High Meaning60%
% STEM Degrees7%
9AssociatesPublic$40,600$65,70052%8%

9Columbia Basin College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$40,600
Mid-Career Pay$65,700
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees8%
9AssociatesPublic$41,700$65,70053%19%

9Pierce College-Puyallup
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$41,700
Mid-Career Pay$65,700
% High Meaning53%
% STEM Degrees19%
11AssociatesPublic$47,700$65,60055%11%

11Seattle Central College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$47,700
Mid-Career Pay$65,600
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees11%
12AssociatesPublic$46,900$65,40049%11%

12Renton Technical College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$46,900
Mid-Career Pay$65,400
% High Meaning49%
% STEM Degrees11%
13AssociatesPublic$44,500$65,30057%14%

13Green River College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$44,500
Mid-Career Pay$65,300
% High Meaning57%
% STEM Degrees14%
14AssociatesPublic$42,500$65,10073%4%

14Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$42,500
Mid-Career Pay$65,100
% High Meaning73%
% STEM Degrees4%
15AssociatesPublic$43,300$65,00064%6%

15Walla Walla Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$43,300
Mid-Career Pay$65,000
% High Meaning64%
% STEM Degrees6%
16AssociatesPublic$45,700$64,90056%10%

16Bellingham Technical College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$45,700
Mid-Career Pay$64,900
% High Meaning56%
% STEM Degrees10%
17AssociatesPublic$41,400$64,70055%2%

17Centralia College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$41,400
Mid-Career Pay$64,700
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees2%
18AssociatesPublic$43,300$64,60042%9%

18South Seattle College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$43,300
Mid-Career Pay$64,600
% High Meaning42%
% STEM Degrees9%
19AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$44,000$64,400N/A4%

19City University of Seattle
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$44,000
Mid-Career Pay$64,400
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees4%
20AssociatesPublic$41,600$64,20065%9%

20Highline College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$41,600
Mid-Career Pay$64,200
% High Meaning65%
% STEM Degrees9%
21AssociatesPublic$40,500$64,10057%9%

21Clark College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$40,500
Mid-Career Pay$64,100
% High Meaning57%
% STEM Degrees9%
22AssociatesPublic$42,000$63,60057%5%

22Wenatchee Valley College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$42,000
Mid-Career Pay$63,600
% High Meaning57%
% STEM Degrees5%
23AssociatesPublic$42,300$61,90057%13%

23Tacoma Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$42,300
Mid-Career Pay$61,900
% High Meaning57%
% STEM Degrees13%
23AssociatesPublic$41,200$61,90049%9%

23South Puget Sound Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$41,200
Mid-Career Pay$61,900
% High Meaning49%
% STEM Degrees9%
25AssociatesPublic$39,900$61,50054%13%

25Clover Park Technical College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$39,900
Mid-Career Pay$61,500
% High Meaning54%
% STEM Degrees13%
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The Evergreen State has a rich community college system, with 50 two-year colleges to choose from (12 more than the number of four-year colleges!). Top employers include Microsoft, Boeing, Sea-Tac Airport and a variety of medical and military centers. Almost all are public colleges. Data provide insight into the top-earning alumni.

Looking at another factor in considering the best career colleges in Seattle, the school with one of the largest percentage of students who have a high sense of meaning from their careers come out of Lake Washington Technical College. One of the lowest percentages comes from the Art Institute of Seattle.


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