Best Community Colleges in Wisconsin by Salary Potential

Looking to expand your career opportunities but lack time? Check out Wisconsin’s top two-year colleges by earning potential and earn a degree that pays.

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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
1AssociatesPublic$45,500$68,500N/A8%

1University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$45,500
Mid-Career Pay$68,500
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees8%
2AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$45,400$64,30076%2%

2Cardinal Stritch University
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$45,400
Mid-Career Pay$64,300
% High Meaning76%
% STEM Degrees2%
3AssociatesPublic$37,200$61,80040%0%

3University of Wisconsin Colleges
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$37,200
Mid-Career Pay$61,800
% High Meaning40%
% STEM Degrees0%
4AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$42,500$61,700N/A9%

4Concordia University-Wisconsin
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$42,500
Mid-Career Pay$61,700
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees9%
5AssociatesPublic$41,800$61,30051%6%

5Waukesha County Technical College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$41,800
Mid-Career Pay$61,300
% High Meaning51%
% STEM Degrees6%
6AssociatesPublic$40,700$61,000N/A15%

6University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$40,700
Mid-Career Pay$61,000
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees15%
7AssociatesPrivate not-for-profit$38,400$60,00049%6%

7Herzing University-Madison
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPrivate not-for-profit
Early Career Pay$38,400
Mid-Career Pay$60,000
% High Meaning49%
% STEM Degrees6%
8AssociatesPublic$41,800$59,40054%5%

8Milwaukee Area Technical College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$41,800
Mid-Career Pay$59,400
% High Meaning54%
% STEM Degrees5%
8AssociatesPublic$41,600$59,40055%7%

8Madison Area Technical College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$41,600
Mid-Career Pay$59,400
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees7%
10AssociatesPublic$41,200$59,00064%4%

10Southwest Wisconsin Technical College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$41,200
Mid-Career Pay$59,000
% High Meaning64%
% STEM Degrees4%
11AssociatesPublic$40,700$58,00052%7%

11Northcentral Technical College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$40,700
Mid-Career Pay$58,000
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees7%
12AssociatesPublic$41,100$57,80055%5%

12Mid-State Technical College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$41,100
Mid-Career Pay$57,800
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees5%
13AssociatesPublic$40,300$57,40047%5%

13Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$40,300
Mid-Career Pay$57,400
% High Meaning47%
% STEM Degrees5%
13AssociatesPublic$41,900$57,40059%14%

13Chippewa Valley Technical College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$41,900
Mid-Career Pay$57,400
% High Meaning59%
% STEM Degrees14%
15AssociatesPublic$42,000$57,30074%3%

15Blackhawk Technical College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$42,000
Mid-Career Pay$57,300
% High Meaning74%
% STEM Degrees3%
16AssociatesPublic$40,300$57,20061%5%

16Gateway Technical College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$40,300
Mid-Career Pay$57,200
% High Meaning61%
% STEM Degrees5%
17AssociatesPublic$40,500$56,60057%5%

17Moraine Park Technical College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$40,500
Mid-Career Pay$56,600
% High Meaning57%
% STEM Degrees5%
18AssociatesPublic$40,900$56,40054%4%

18Fox Valley Technical College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$40,900
Mid-Career Pay$56,400
% High Meaning54%
% STEM Degrees4%
19AssociatesPublic$40,200$56,30059%3%

19Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$40,200
Mid-Career Pay$56,300
% High Meaning59%
% STEM Degrees3%
19AssociatesPublic$39,700$56,30057%4%

19Western Technical College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$39,700
Mid-Career Pay$56,300
% High Meaning57%
% STEM Degrees4%
21AssociatesPublic$40,400$55,90050%4%

21Lakeshore Technical College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$40,400
Mid-Career Pay$55,900
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees4%
22AssociatesPublic$37,700$54,70071%6%

22Nicolet Area Technical College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$37,700
Mid-Career Pay$54,700
% High Meaning71%
% STEM Degrees6%
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This year, PayScale has salary data for graduates with associate degrees from a number of public two-year colleges in the Badger State, making it easy to find a community college that fits your program needs and also has high earning potential.

Milwaukee Area Technical College, home of the Stormers, is the largest school. Blackhawk Technical College is the smallest, with only about 2,700 students. Though small, Lakeshore Technical College awards the highest percentage of STEM degrees (about 20 percent). Only about 11 percent of associate degrees from Northcentral Technical College and Moraine Park Technical College are STEM subjects.

Agricultural, manufacturing, and energy are some of the major industries in the state. Graduates with associate degrees go on to work for employers like University of Wisconsin – Madison, Epic Systems Corp, and Kraft Foods.


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