Community Colleges by Salary Potential – Full List

Community colleges offer some of the best values in education. Use PayScale’s data to find out where the highest-paid community college graduates come from.

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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$55,600$76,60073%0%

1Colorado Northwestern Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$55,600
Mid-Career Pay$76,600
% High Meaning73%
% STEM Degrees0%
2AssociatesPublic$48,200$75,00067%8%

2Evergreen Valley College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$48,200
Mid-Career Pay$75,000
% High Meaning67%
% STEM Degrees8%
3AssociatesPublic$47,500$74,90055%14%

3Bellevue College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$47,500
Mid-Career Pay$74,900
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees14%
4AssociatesPublic$44,400$74,40036%0%

4Fashion Institute of Technology
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$44,400
Mid-Career Pay$74,400
% High Meaning36%
% STEM Degrees0%
5AssociatesPublic$52,500$74,20044%11%

5College of Staten Island CUNY
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$52,500
Mid-Career Pay$74,200
% High Meaning44%
% STEM Degrees11%
6AssociatesPublic$51,100$74,00060%4%

6De Anza College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$51,100
Mid-Career Pay$74,000
% High Meaning60%
% STEM Degrees4%
7AssociatesPublic$49,900$73,600N/A5%

7Louisiana State University-Alexandria
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$49,900
Mid-Career Pay$73,600
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees5%
8AssociatesPublic$47,100$73,40043%7%

8Glendale Community College (Arizona)
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$47,100
Mid-Career Pay$73,400
% High Meaning43%
% STEM Degrees7%
8AssociatesPublic$45,600$73,40053%4%

8Saddleback College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$45,600
Mid-Career Pay$73,400
% High Meaning53%
% STEM Degrees4%
10AssociatesPublic$45,100$73,30059%13%

10Diablo Valley College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$45,100
Mid-Career Pay$73,300
% High Meaning59%
% STEM Degrees13%
11AssociatesPublic$46,100$72,80063%5%

11West Valley College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$46,100
Mid-Career Pay$72,800
% High Meaning63%
% STEM Degrees5%
11AssociatesPublic$51,500$72,80057%35%

11University of Massachusetts-Lowell
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$51,500
Mid-Career Pay$72,800
% High Meaning57%
% STEM Degrees35%
13AssociatesPublic$46,100$72,60055%19%

13CUNY New York City College of Technology
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$46,100
Mid-Career Pay$72,600
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees19%
13AssociatesPublic$47,900$72,60061%9%

13Cabrillo College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$47,900
Mid-Career Pay$72,600
% High Meaning61%
% STEM Degrees9%
15AssociatesPublic$50,300$72,50067%4%

15Foothill College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$50,300
Mid-Career Pay$72,500
% High Meaning67%
% STEM Degrees4%
16AssociatesPublic$50,600$72,30062%11%

16College of San Mateo
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$50,600
Mid-Career Pay$72,300
% High Meaning62%
% STEM Degrees11%
17AssociatesPublic$48,900$71,90060%2%

17Napa Valley College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$48,900
Mid-Career Pay$71,900
% High Meaning60%
% STEM Degrees2%
18AssociatesPublic$41,600$71,80052%2%

18Brazosport College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$41,600
Mid-Career Pay$71,800
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees2%
19AssociatesPublic$46,800$71,50068%2%

19Prairie State College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$46,800
Mid-Career Pay$71,500
% High Meaning68%
% STEM Degrees2%
20AssociatesPublic$47,500$71,400N/A38%

20Pennsylvania 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%
20AssociatesPublic$44,200$71,40062%9%

20Orange Coast College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$44,200
Mid-Career Pay$71,400
% High Meaning62%
% STEM Degrees9%
22AssociatesPublic$44,300$71,10060%5%

22San Jacinto Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$44,300
Mid-Career Pay$71,100
% High Meaning60%
% STEM Degrees5%
22AssociatesPublic$48,500$71,10052%10%

22City College of San Francisco
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$48,500
Mid-Career Pay$71,100
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees10%
22AssociatesPublic$44,100$71,10052%6%

22Moorpark College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$44,100
Mid-Career Pay$71,100
% High Meaning52%
% STEM Degrees6%
25AssociatesPublic$47,800$71,00044%39%

25Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Berks
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$47,800
Mid-Career Pay$71,000
% High Meaning44%
% STEM Degrees39%
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Public community colleges offer some of the best deals in higher education. Most public community colleges offer programs both for students interested in transferring to four-year schools to earn a bachelor’s degree and for students who want to earn an associate degree. This list ranks the alumni salaries of graduates who receive associate degrees (and no higher degrees) from public community colleges across the country.


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