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
26AssociatesPublic$41,400$60,90049%8%

26Everett Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$41,400
Mid-Career Pay$60,900
% High Meaning49%
% STEM Degrees8%
27AssociatesPublic$40,300$60,70054%7%

27Skagit Valley College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$40,300
Mid-Career Pay$60,700
% High Meaning54%
% STEM Degrees7%
28AssociatesPublic$41,900$60,60053%7%

28Whatcom Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$41,900
Mid-Career Pay$60,600
% High Meaning53%
% STEM Degrees7%
29AssociatesPublic$41,500$60,50059%3%

29Olympic College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$41,500
Mid-Career Pay$60,500
% High Meaning59%
% STEM Degrees3%
30AssociatesPublic$42,200$60,40060%3%

30Spokane Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$42,200
Mid-Career Pay$60,400
% High Meaning60%
% STEM Degrees3%
31AssociatesPublic$39,700$59,50075%11%

31Peninsula College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$39,700
Mid-Career Pay$59,500
% High Meaning75%
% STEM Degrees11%
32AssociatesPublic$37,800$58,50067%4%

32Grays Harbor College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$37,800
Mid-Career Pay$58,500
% High Meaning67%
% STEM Degrees4%
33AssociatesPublic$41,600$58,20058%7%

33Lower Columbia College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$41,600
Mid-Career Pay$58,200
% High Meaning58%
% STEM Degrees7%
34AssociatesPublic$40,300$57,50070%5%

34Yakima Valley College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$40,300
Mid-Career Pay$57,500
% High Meaning70%
% STEM Degrees5%
35AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$36,400$55,200N/A0%

35Altierus Career College Everett
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$36,400
Mid-Career Pay$55,200
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
36AssociatesPublic$38,700$53,60064%5%

36Big Bend Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$38,700
Mid-Career Pay$53,600
% High Meaning64%
% STEM Degrees5%
37AssociatesPublic$37,000$53,40052%6%

37Spokane Falls Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$37,000
Mid-Career Pay$53,400
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees6%
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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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