Find a Community College in Your State with High Salaries

These public, two-year (community) colleges have the highest earnings of any community college in the state. Note that earnings might vary significantly depending on the program you study – for instance, some of these schools offer a large number of technical or health programs that tend to be higher-earning majors. Students who transfer to a four-year college and graduate with a bachelor’s degree may also earn more after college. Ask the colleges you are considering attending for more information.

State Community College Typical Earnings Average Net Price
Alabama Jefferson State Community College $29,400 $9,207
Alaska AVTEC-Alaska’s Institute of Technology $33,500 N/A
Arizona Chandler-Gilbert Community College $39,700 $8,536
Arkansas Arkansas State University-Beebe $36,300 $6,859
California Foothill College $43,800 $4,640
Colorado Arapahoe Community College $35,600 $9,238
Connecticut Naugatuck Valley Community College $34,100 $6,802
Delaware Delaware Technical Community College-Stanton/Wilmington $34,000 $7,575
Florida Hillsborough Community College $32,400 $5,368
Georgia Gwinnett Technical College $33,400 $5,034
Hawaii Kapiolani Community College $34,100 $4,415
Idaho North Idaho College $29,600 $7,945
Illinois Oakton Community College $36,600 $5,959
Indiana Ivy Tech Community College $29,400 $7,186
Iowa Northwest Iowa Community College $37,200 $11,257
Kansas Johnson County Community College $35,800 $7,534
Kentucky Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College $31,100 $6,079
Louisiana Baton Rouge Community College $32,600 $7,625
Maine Southern Maine Community College $35,400 $11,232
Maryland Montgomery College $40,700 $8,381
Massachusetts Massachusetts Bay Community College $37,400 $12,347
Massachusetts Quincy College $37,400 $12,122
Michigan Schoolcraft College $31,000 $4,650
Minnesota Anoka Technical College $38,600 $13,961
Mississippi Northeast Mississippi Community College $28,300 $5,887
Missouri State Technical College of Missouri $37,500 $9,141
Montana Highlands College of Montana Tech $40,600 $9,177
Nebraska Southeast Community College Area $34,900 $7,503
Nevada Truckee Meadows Community College $32,100 $7,148
New Hampshire NHTI-Concord’s Community College $38,000 $17,162
New Jersey County College of Morris $38,400 $7,219
New Mexico University of New Mexico-Taos Campus $34,900 $9,937
New York SUNY Westchester Community College $37,400 $6,068
North Carolina Wake Technical Community College $31,600 $9,586
North Dakota North Dakota State College of Science $41,300 $10,573
Ohio Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute $42,900 $18,333
Oklahoma Oklahoma City Community College $32,200 $6,916
Oregon Portland Community College $34,200 $8,552
Pennsylvania Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology $38,900 $6,968
Rhode Island Community College of Rhode Island $29,400 $6,598
South Carolina University of South Carolina-Lancaster $42,200 $9,149
South Dakota Mitchell Technical Institute $37,000 $10,551
Tennessee Nashville State Community College $30,800 $8,246
Texas Lamar Institute of Technology $39,100 $9,498
Utah Salt Lake Community College $36,900 $7,267
Virginia Northern Virginia Community College $40,800 $9,488
Washington Cascadia College $43,700 $10,935
West Virginia West Virginia Northern Community College $24,000 $4,113
Wisconsin Waukesha County Technical College $37,400 $10,481
Wyoming Casper College $34,800 $6,861

Note: These data include only public institutions identified as less-than-four-year schools in IPEDS. In addition, calculations exclude:

  • Institutions that do not appear on the College Scorecard consumer website (e.g., institutions that do not award associate or bachelor’s degrees).
  • Institutions that are campuses sharing their earnings data with a four-year college campus (i.e., institutions that share a 6-digit OPE ID).
  • Institutions with fewer than 500 degree/certificate seeking undergraduates.

The list is constructed of the remaining institutions in each state with the highest median earnings. Typical earnings reflect the median earnings of federal financial aid recipients 10 years after they first enrolled at the institution. Net price reflects the sticker price, less any grant or scholarship aid, for all federal financial aid recipients at the school. There are two institutions represented for the state of Massachusetts because two different institutions had the same median earnings in that state, which are the highest among the comparison institutions.

Affordable Four-Year Schools with Good Outcomes

These four-year public colleges offer their students an affordable higher education, with relatively high salaries. As students weigh the costs and benefits of higher education, it’s especially important to find schools that can offer them the best possible outcomes. For students looking for a high return on investment, these institutions may offer good opportunities.

College State Average Net Price Typical Earnings 
California State Polytechnic University-Pomona California $11,085 $50,700
California State University-East Bay California $10,340 $51,200
CUNY Bernard M Baruch College New York $6,841 $54,900
CUNY Queens College New York $5,998 $47,500
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus Georgia $10,994 $74,500
Iowa State University Iowa $14,100 $47,800
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology New Mexico $11,451 $54,300
San Diego State University California $12,567 $47,400
San Jose State University California $12,862 $53,700
Stony Brook University New York $13,519 $55,000
Texas A & M University-College Station Texas $11,315 $53,900
The University of Texas at Dallas Texas $12,050 $49,700
United States Merchant Marine Academy New York $5,538 $82,000
University of Baltimore Maryland $14,180 $56,500
University of California-Berkeley California $13,707 $60,800
University of California-Irvine California $12,771 $54,500
University of California-Los Angeles California $13,399 $59,600
University of California-San Diego California $14,136 $59,000
University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Colorado $13,774 $57,400
University of Florida Florida $11,778 $51,100
University of Houston Texas $13,028 $48,900
University of Illinois at Chicago Illinois $13,811 $51,100
University of Maryland-University College Maryland $10,558 $49,900
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill North Carolina $13,243 $51,000
University of Utah Utah $13,874 $49,500
University of Washington-Seattle Campus Washington $13,566 $53,700

Note: These data include only public institutions identified as predominantly four-year institutions by the College Scorecard. In addition, calculations exclude institutions with fewer than 500 undergraduate degree-seeking students enrolled. The list is constructed of the remaining public four-year institutions that fall in the top 25 percent of all predominantly four-year institutions for median earnings 10 years after beginning enrollment and for low net price. Typical earnings reflect the median earnings of federal financial aid recipients 10 years after they first enrolled at the institution. Net price reflects the sticker price, less any grant or scholarship aid, for all federal financial aid recipients at the school. Percentile calculations are derived using institutions’ Unitid as the unit of analysis. List includes only institutions also featured in College Navigator and excludes institutions that are not main campus locations.

Honoring the Nation’s Leading Science and Mathematics Teachers and Announcing Active Learning Day

Cross-posted from the White House blog.

Today the White House honored the 213 newest recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Yesterday, these teachers, from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. Territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity, received their awards – the Nation’s highest honor for mathematics and science teachers – at a ceremony hosted by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and featuring the President’s Science Advisor, Dr. John Holdren.

Dr. John Holdren speaking the PAEMST ceremony on September 8, 2016. (Credit: NSF)

Dr. John Holdren speaking the PAEMST ceremony on September 8, 2016. (Credit: NSF)

In addition, the teachers met with U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith and Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, who congratulated the teachers for their ongoing commitment to supporting students from all background to participate in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning.

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Empowering Students Through Nutrition This School Year

Healthy meals can lead to success during the school year. (Photo courtesy USDA)

Healthy meals can lead to success during the school year. (Photo courtesy USDA)

Reading, writing, and arithmetic aren’t the only things our nation’s children will be learning this school year!

Schools have made major strides in helping students learn the importance of healthy eating through balanced meals and nutrition education. Now that kids and teens are boarding their buses for another school year, the entire school community has the opportunity to build on that momentum by continuing to increase access to nutritious meals and encourage healthy habits.

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The Arts for All Students in All Content Classes

Acrylic paint, sidewalk chalk, and calligraphy pens are staples of my English class. These items, along with reciting poetry and acting out scenes from plays allow my students to communicate through a variety of mediums, and to integrate their creative capabilities into their everyday learning.

In 2001, I walked into my 6th grade classroom ready to share my love of reading and writing. However, I soon discovered that my students were in need of much more than an enthusiastic teacher with an English degree. I needed to engage them and make them want to learn.

Stacey Dallas Johnston incorporates the arts in her English classes. (Photo courtesy of the author.)

Stacey Dallas Johnston incorporates the arts in her English classes. (Photo courtesy of the author)

My students that year struggled with the basics of reading and writing. Many had already decided that they hated school, and could already be labeled as chronic absentees. Instead of teaching Shakespeare, I was struggling to keep students engaged. I too struggled that year. It took a few months, but The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster was the gateway into exploring the arts. We broke the story into parts and acted it out, we made 3D models and we wrote poems as the main character. It was a start.

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Counselors: 5 Creative Ways to Help with the Financial Aid Planning Process

Student and a counselor at College Depot, Phoenix Public Library.

Student and a counselor at College Depot, Phoenix Public Library.

This past spring, I had the pleasure of traveling out to Phoenix, Arizona to meet with various counselors, mentors, and college access professionals to learn more about how they are getting ready for the upcoming FAFSA season. With the FAFSA launching earlier this year on October 1, many of you have started to organize events and prepare to help students and parents through the financial aid process. As a former college counselor, my biggest piece of advice to you is to familiarize yourself with the Financial Aid Toolkit. It is a goldmine of information that can help answer many of your questions and assist with your financial aid planning process. Also, here’s some advice from a few of our key partners on how to make this process fun and exciting.

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Mensaje del secretario de Educación a los estudiantes de ITT

Estimados estudiantes de ITT,

ITT Educational Services, Inc. (ITT) anunció hoy que clausurará todos los centros ITT Technical Institute. Para casi todo el mundo esto no será más que otra noticia política o empresarial, pero para ustedes, yo sé que es algo que los impacta profundamente, y sin duda querrán saber cómo la clausura de ITT afectará sus vidas y futuro; qué impacto tendrá sobre sus finanzas, y cómo podrán continuar su educación.

En los últimos años, ITT ha sido investigada varias veces a nivel estatal y federal. En agosto, el Consejo de Acreditación de Universidades y Escuelas Independientes (ACICS), organismo responsable de acreditar a ITT, declaró que ITT “incumple actualmente y es poco probable que cumpla en el futuro las normas de acreditación de la ACICS”. Esto ocurrió en medio de repetidas intervenciones en los últimos dos años por el Departamento sobre las finanzas de ITT debido a las preocupaciones sobre si ITT tiene la capacidad administrativa, integridad corporativa, viabilidad financiera y la capacidad de atender a sus estudiantes.

El comportamiento de ITT ha puesto en riesgo a los estudiantes y a millones de dólares en ayuda federal subsidiada por los contribuyentes. La semana pasada, el Departamento de Educación intervino para evitar que ITT continuara empeorando ese riesgo. Fue una decisión que sopesamos mucho. Un posible resultado de la intervención es que una escuela opte por cerrar, en vez de tomar acciones correctivas, lo que puede causar interrupción y decepcionar a los estudiantes actuales. Finalmente, tomamos la difícil decisión de aplicar medidas adicionales de supervisión para protegerlos a ustedes, a otros estudiantes, y a los contribuyentes, y así evitar mayor daño educativo y financiero en el futuro, lo cual era probable si permitíamos que ITT continuara operando sin supervisión adicional o garantías de servir mejor a sus estudiantes.

Estamos aquí para ayudarles cuando estén listos para tomar los próximos pasos. Por el momento, ustedes tienes dos opciones:

  1. Si usted está actualmente matriculado en ITT o se matriculó recientemente, pudiese tener derecho a solicitar la condonación de sus préstamos federales en ITT. De esta manera su deuda de préstamos federales será borrada y usted tendrá la opción de reiniciar su educación en una nueva escuela. Pronto pondremos información en nuestra página de anuncios ITT sobre cómo recibir la condonación.
  2. Si desea completar su título en otra escuela, especialmente si le falta poco para graduarse, usted pudiese tener la opción de transferir sus créditos a una nueva institución. Pero fíjese que transferir los créditos académicos pudiese limitar su derecho a cancelar la deuda de préstamos federales. La condonación de los préstamos por motivo de escuela clausurada es una opción si usted se inscribe en otra escuela y no transfiere sus créditos de ITT.

Ambas opciones tienen pros y contras, según las circunstancias de cada estudiante, así que es importante tener en cuenta cuáles son las suyas. Puede encontrar más información en nuestra página de anuncios ITT. La Oficina de Ayuda Federal para Estudiantes está dispuesta a ayudarle con recursos e información, incluso en este sitio web, y actualizará la información en los próximos días y semanas.

Cualquiera que sea su decisión, no abandone su educación. La educación superior sigue siendo el mejor camino a la seguridad y oportunidad económica. Reiniciar o continuar los estudios en una institución de alta calidad y prestigio puede parecer un revés ahora, pero lo más probable es que dé fruto en el futuro. Hay personas y herramientas, como nuestro Informe Universitario, para ayudarle a escoger el programa más idóneo para su éxito.

Admiro su trabajo y dedicación, y en el Departamento haremos todo lo posible para continuar dándoles información sobre sus opciones y cómo salir adelante.


John B. King Jr.,

Secretario de Educación de EE.UU.

A Message from the Secretary of Education to ITT Students

Dear ITT student,

Today, ITT Educational Services, Inc. (ITT) announced that it is closing all of its ITT Technical Institute campuses. For most of the world, that news will be covered as a business story or a political one, but I know that for you it is deeply personal. You are probably wondering what this means for your future; how it is going to affect your finances and your ability to continue your education.

In recent years, ITT has increasingly been the subject of numerous state and federal investigations. In August, ITT’s accreditor, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) determined that ITT “is not in compliance, and is unlikely to become in compliance with [ACICS] Accreditation Criteria.” This came amid increasingly heightened financial oversight measures put in place by the Department over the past two years due to significant concerns about ITT’s administrative capacity, organizational integrity, financial viability, and ability to serve students.

The school’s decisions have put its students and millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded federal student aid at risk. Last week, the Department of Education took oversight actions to prevent ITT from continuing to add to that risk. When we made that decision, we did not take it lightly. One possible outcome of oversight actions is that a school may choose to close rather than take corrective actions, which can cause disruption and disappointment for current students. Ultimately, we made a difficult choice to pursue additional oversight in order to protect you, other students, and taxpayers from potentially worse educational and financial damage in the future if ITT was allowed to continue operating without increased oversight and assurances to better serve students.

We are committed to helping you as you consider next steps. Most immediately, you have two basic options to choose between:

  1. If you are currently or were recently enrolled at ITT, you may be eligible to have your federal student loans for your program at ITT discharged. Your federal loan debt will be wiped away and you will have the option of restarting your education somewhere new. We will post and update information about how to receive a discharge at our ITT announcements page.
  2. If you wish to continue and complete your program at a different school – especially if you are close to graduating – you may be able to transfer your credits. It is important to note that transferring your credits may limit your ability to have your federal loans discharged. Closed school discharge may be an option if you enroll in a different program that does not accept your ITT credits.

Both of these options have pros and cons, depending on your unique circumstances, so it is important that you consider your specific situation carefully. You can find some information to start with at our ITT announcements page. The Department’s Office of Federal Student Aid is ready to support you with resources and information, including through this website, and will be updating you with more information in the coming days and weeks.

Whatever you choose to do, do not give up on your education. Higher education remains the clearest path to economic opportunity and security. Restarting or continuing your education at a high-quality, reputable institution may feel like a setback today, but odds are it will pay off in the long run. There are people and tools – like our College Scorecard – out there to help you pick a program that gives you a real shot at success.

I am proud of your hard work and dedication, and we will do all we can to continue to provide information to you on your options.


John B. King Jr., U.S. Secretary of Education

Setting the Foundation for Good Attendance

As a Pre-K teacher, I have the unique opportunity to be one of the first educators to set the foundation for good attendance with parents and students. Since I am required to have an interview with each family and student before the school year begins, I take advantage of the interview to explain the attendance rules and expectations. I explain to parents that attendance is the basis of education for all students and that it is state law that they attend class. My campus, J.J. Pickle, hosts many recent immigrant families who often aren’t familiar with school procedures and laws pertaining to education. Reviewing policies with parents is a way to avoid confusion and unnecessary absences.

Attendance is important at every age! (Photo courtesy of the author)

Attendance is important at every age! (Photo courtesy of the author)

It can be challenging when parents believe that early childhood education is more like a daycare setting rather than an academic one, so they don’t see the problem with their children missing a few days. But I am proud to say that my classroom is academically rigorous — for four year olds. I have had students enter my class not knowing any letters, but they often leave reading by the end of year with significant gains in learning English.

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18 Things We Wish We Knew When We Were Starting College

Inside Tips for College Freshmen

Freshmen orientation. You can almost smell the nerves in the room, but you’re not worried. Dorm room, check. Class schedule, check. Textbooks, check. Watching your siblings and friends go through their college years has prepared you for the years ahead. Surely there were bumps and bruises, but there’s bound to be people on campus to help you avoid making life changing mistakes and make the most of your time at the school. Right?

Here at the Department of Education, we asked some of our interns for any advice they would extend to incoming freshmen to make their college years un-regrettable…

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We Need to Talk About it: Supportive Environments are a Necessity for Quality Schooling

Students at Camino Nuevo Charter Academy. (Photo courtesy of the author)

Students at Camino Nuevo Charter Academy. (Photo courtesy of the author)

Students excel when they feel both welcomed and supported. At Camino Nuevo Charter Academy (CNCA), we believe that quality schooling is dependent upon quality relationships with students and families. This philosophy creates a space to better serve our community in a socially just way.

That’s why CNCA created and sustained an educational model that uses the per-pupil funding that we receive from the state to support strategic resources like full-time mental health practitioners and professional development for teachers and administrators on trauma-sensitive instruction. We also conduct home visits and teach ethnic studies as part of the curriculum to both affirm our relationships with students and to assist them in navigating life circumstances. We’ve found that these types of school climate investments help our students redirect energy to learning and it shows in their academic performance.

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