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
25AssociatesPublic$45,800$71,00059%12%

25Northern Virginia Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$45,800
Mid-Career Pay$71,000
% High Meaning59%
% STEM Degrees12%
27AssociatesPublic$47,000$70,800N/A14%

27Eastern Connecticut State University
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$47,000
Mid-Career Pay$70,800
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees14%
28AssociatesPublic$45,600$70,70053%5%

28County College of Morris
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$45,600
Mid-Career Pay$70,700
% High Meaning53%
% STEM Degrees5%
29AssociatesPublic$47,700$70,50065%2%

29Bates Technical College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$47,700
Mid-Career Pay$70,500
% High Meaning65%
% STEM Degrees2%
29AssociatesPublic$44,600$70,50051%2%

29William Rainey Harper College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$44,600
Mid-Career Pay$70,500
% High Meaning51%
% STEM Degrees2%
31AssociatesPublic$46,400$70,40066%10%

31Sacramento City College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$46,400
Mid-Career Pay$70,400
% High Meaning66%
% STEM Degrees10%
31AssociatesPublic$45,600$70,40061%0%

31Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$45,600
Mid-Career Pay$70,400
% High Meaning61%
% STEM Degrees0%
31AssociatesPublic$48,600$70,400N/A2%

31Mississippi University for Women
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$48,600
Mid-Career Pay$70,400
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees2%
34AssociatesPublic$45,400$70,30068%27%

34University of Maryland-University College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$45,400
Mid-Career Pay$70,300
% High Meaning68%
% STEM Degrees27%
35AssociatesPublic$49,000$70,20055%9%

35Farmingdale State College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$49,000
Mid-Career Pay$70,200
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees9%
35AssociatesPublic$48,200$70,200N/A4%

35Colegio Universitario de San Juan
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$48,200
Mid-Career Pay$70,200
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees4%
35AssociatesPublic$47,200$70,20050%20%

35University of Alaska Fairbanks
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$47,200
Mid-Career Pay$70,200
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees20%
38AssociatesPublic$45,700$70,10077%2%

38Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Campus
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$45,700
Mid-Career Pay$70,100
% High Meaning77%
% STEM Degrees2%
39AssociatesPublic$46,600$70,00065%6%

39Bakersfield College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$46,600
Mid-Career Pay$70,000
% High Meaning65%
% STEM Degrees6%
40AssociatesPublic$44,300$69,90067%32%

40University at Buffalo
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$44,300
Mid-Career Pay$69,900
% High Meaning67%
% STEM Degrees32%
40AssociatesPublic$46,000$69,90057%7%

40Chabot College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$46,000
Mid-Career Pay$69,900
% High Meaning57%
% STEM Degrees7%
42AssociatesPublic$43,300$69,80056%9%

42Antelope Valley College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$43,300
Mid-Career Pay$69,800
% High Meaning56%
% STEM Degrees9%
43AssociatesPublic$45,300$69,70068%5%

43Rockland Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$45,300
Mid-Career Pay$69,700
% High Meaning68%
% STEM Degrees5%
43AssociatesPublic$46,900$69,70061%15%

43Lake Washington Institute of Technology
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$46,900
Mid-Career Pay$69,700
% High Meaning61%
% STEM Degrees15%
43AssociatesPublic$47,900$69,70060%27%

43Ohlone College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$47,900
Mid-Career Pay$69,700
% High Meaning60%
% STEM Degrees27%
43AssociatesPublic$50,100$69,700N/A1%

43Montana State University-Northern
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$50,100
Mid-Career Pay$69,700
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees1%
47AssociatesPublic$50,200$69,60080%8%

47University of South Dakota
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$50,200
Mid-Career Pay$69,600
% High Meaning80%
% STEM Degrees8%
47AssociatesPublic$46,300$69,60060%3%

47Grossmont College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$46,300
Mid-Career Pay$69,600
% High Meaning60%
% STEM Degrees3%
49AssociatesPublic$44,800$69,50062%3%

49Morton College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$44,800
Mid-Career Pay$69,500
% High Meaning62%
% STEM Degrees3%
49AssociatesPublic$44,200$69,50072%6%

49Howard Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$44,200
Mid-Career Pay$69,500
% High Meaning72%
% STEM Degrees6%
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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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