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
51AssociatesPublic$47,100$69,40061%0%

51Thomas Edison State University
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$47,100
Mid-Career Pay$69,400
% High Meaning61%
% STEM Degrees0%
51AssociatesPublic$45,500$69,40054%2%

51Victor Valley College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$45,500
Mid-Career Pay$69,400
% High Meaning54%
% STEM Degrees2%
51AssociatesPublic$45,300$69,40063%4%

51Skyline College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$45,300
Mid-Career Pay$69,400
% High Meaning63%
% STEM Degrees4%
54AssociatesPublic$43,200$69,300N/A25%

54Pennsylvania State University-Penn State York
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$43,200
Mid-Career Pay$69,300
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees25%
54AssociatesPublic$44,200$69,30055%2%

54Bergen Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$44,200
Mid-Career Pay$69,300
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees2%
54AssociatesPublic$45,100$69,30058%8%

54NHTI-Concord's Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$45,100
Mid-Career Pay$69,300
% High Meaning58%
% STEM Degrees8%
54AssociatesPublic$47,700$69,30056%5%

54Shoreline Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$47,700
Mid-Career Pay$69,300
% High Meaning56%
% STEM Degrees5%
54AssociatesPublic$48,200$69,30051%10%

54University of Alaska Anchorage
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$48,200
Mid-Career Pay$69,300
% High Meaning51%
% STEM Degrees10%
59AssociatesPublic$43,200$69,20070%6%

59SUNY Empire State College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$43,200
Mid-Career Pay$69,200
% High Meaning70%
% STEM Degrees6%
59AssociatesPublic$44,700$69,200N/A42%

59Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$44,700
Mid-Career Pay$69,200
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees42%
59AssociatesPublic$48,700$69,200N/A0%

59Carolinas College of Health Sciences
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$48,700
Mid-Career Pay$69,200
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees0%
59AssociatesPublic$47,000$69,200N/A17%

59Norfolk State University
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$47,000
Mid-Career Pay$69,200
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees17%
59AssociatesPublic$43,700$69,20051%6%

59Cypress College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$43,700
Mid-Career Pay$69,200
% High Meaning51%
% STEM Degrees6%
59AssociatesPublic$48,600$69,200N/A4%

59Indiana University-Kokomo
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$48,600
Mid-Career Pay$69,200
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees4%
65AssociatesPublic$45,300$69,10049%2%

65Manchester Community College (New Hampshire)
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$45,300
Mid-Career Pay$69,100
% High Meaning49%
% STEM Degrees2%
65AssociatesPublic$49,600$69,10067%14%

65Tennessee State University
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$49,600
Mid-Career Pay$69,100
% High Meaning67%
% STEM Degrees14%
65AssociatesPublic$41,900$69,10053%22%

65University of New Hampshire-Main Campus
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$41,900
Mid-Career Pay$69,100
% High Meaning53%
% STEM Degrees22%
68AssociatesPublic$45,300$69,00058%2%

68College of the Mainland
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$45,300
Mid-Career Pay$69,000
% High Meaning58%
% STEM Degrees2%
68AssociatesPublic$46,300$69,00060%4%

68Middlesex Community College (Massachusetts)
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$46,300
Mid-Career Pay$69,000
% High Meaning60%
% STEM Degrees4%
70AssociatesPublic$42,900$68,90046%11%

70Union County College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$42,900
Mid-Career Pay$68,900
% High Meaning46%
% STEM Degrees11%
70AssociatesPublic$48,000$68,90055%21%

70Mission College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$48,000
Mid-Career Pay$68,900
% High Meaning55%
% STEM Degrees21%
72AssociatesPublic$46,500$68,700N/A13%

72Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Abington
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$46,500
Mid-Career Pay$68,700
% High MeaningN/A
% STEM Degrees13%
72AssociatesPublic$47,500$68,70072%2%

72GateWay Community College
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$47,500
Mid-Career Pay$68,700
% High Meaning72%
% STEM Degrees2%
72AssociatesPublic$44,600$68,70050%1%

72College of Marin
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$44,600
Mid-Career Pay$68,700
% High Meaning50%
% STEM Degrees1%
75AssociatesPublic$42,100$68,60061%8%

75Weber State University
Degree TypeAssociates
School SectorPublic
Early Career Pay$42,100
Mid-Career Pay$68,600
% High Meaning61%
% STEM Degrees8%
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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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