By state, two-year colleges where students earn high salaries after graduation

Many two-year community colleges can offer students valuable opportunities to excel in their careers. Depending on the programs that the school offers and excels in, the career ambitions of its students, and the skills that students gain while in school, two-year degrees can provide a great value to students. Here are 45 two-year public colleges across the U.S. at which earnings exceed those of the typical two-year college.

Institution Name State Median Earnings of Students 10 Years After Entering the School
Prince William Sound Community College AK $42,000
Marion Military Institute AL $48,500
NorthWest Arkansas Community College AR $32,300
Scottsdale Community College AZ $35,700
Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health CA $85,800
Colorado Northwestern Community College CO $38,300
Capital Community College CT $35,000
Delaware Technical Community College-Stanton/Wilmington DE $33,500
Santa Fe College FL $33,500
Georgia Highlands College GA $34,100
Kapiolani Community College HI $33,300
Northwest Iowa Community College IA $38,400
College of DuPage IL $35,000
Vincennes University IN $32,200
Manhattan Area Technical College KS $36,400
Louisiana State University-Eunice LA $31,500
Quincy College MA $38,400
Prince George’s Community College MD $40,900
Southern Maine Community College ME $37,300
Schoolcraft College MI $31,000
Inver Hills Community College MN $38,400
Linn State Technical College MO $36,400
Highlands College of Montana Tech MT $39,800
Carolinas College of Health Sciences NC $47,300
North Dakota State College of Science ND $41,400
Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture NE $43,800
NHTI-Concord’s Community College NH $37,700
County College of Morris NJ $40,200
New Mexico Military Institute NM $39,100
Truckee Meadows Community College NV $32,500
Fashion Institute of Technology NY $44,100
Ohio State University-Marion Campus OH $42,600
Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City OK $34,400
Clackamas Community College OR $33,800
University of Pittsburgh-Titusville PA $48,200
University of South Carolina-Sumter SC $32,800
Mitchell Technical Institute SD $38,000
Lamar Institute of Technology TX $48,200
Salt Lake Community College UT $36,200
Northern Virginia Community College VA $41,700
Vermont Technical College VT $44,200
Bellevue College WA $41,300
University of Wisconsin Colleges WI $33,000
Potomac State College of West Virginia University WV $43,900
Casper College WY $32,900

This list includes only predominantly two-year-degree-granting public schools with higher median positive earnings 10 years after beginning at the school than the median earnings for all predominantly two-year-degree-granting schools. Only the predominantly two-year-degree-granting public school with the highest median positive earnings in each state is shown in the list.



  1. This data is appalling. A two year degree and 10 years later and most only make mid to high 30’s? And this list is the HIGH salaries? How does this list compare to HS grads with no college? This shows the 2 year colleges offer little to no value. Maybe that’s why there’s a campaign to make community colleges free. You get what you pay for.

    • But, this list does not indicate whether or not these students transferred to 4-year colleges and actually pursued Bachelors, or even Masters degrees. 10 years after beginning an Associates program, students can easily be doctoral grads!
      It also doesn’t indicate whether or not these salaries are of graduates, or of dropouts.
      This posting may not be an indication of 2 year schools in comparison to high school graduates, but an indication of college value overall.

  2. Williamson College of the Trades (, located near Media, Pennsylvania, is omitted entirely from the College Scorecard even though it provides a FULL SCHOLARSHIP (tuition, room, board and books) to ALL of its students. Virtually all of its students have a career-related job upon graduation or pursue further education. Williamson is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges and grants an Associate in Specialized Technology degree.

  3. Why aren;t Harper College and College of Lake County from Illinois include in this website? They both are recommended by Univ of IL for their “Engineering Pathway” program.

  4. HI. Crazy data!

    There are at least two sets of 2-year colleges here. Some are for students who go to work. That make sense. But some seem to be for students who go on to 4 years and beyond colleges. Of course those earn more than the typical 2-year college!

  5. Education not only promotes earnings & opportunities for people, it also promotes peace, by giving context & understanding to how we as a civilization got to where we are, & where we as a Global Village are capable of going!

    • You are correct. The education which promotes earnings and opportunities should be free, while the education, which also has value, should be at your cost. The taxpayers should not pay for understanding. Jobs and careers will allow us to become more understanding as we share our wealth after providing for and protecting our families.

  6. Where was this information when I went to college 50 years ago? It certainly would have affected my choice! The information given is enough to make an informed determination about where to go that fits the individual.
    Nice job!

    • If the data were meaningful, it would be a valuable tool. Unfortunately the data are not meaningful.

      The income numbers represent reported income 10 years after starting a program at a school for first time students who use Title IV aid. However, if a student drops out after their first class, then enrolls in some other college a few years later, graduates and gets a job, the income shows up on the scorecard under the first college. There is also no verification that the income is a result of the education. If a student takes a few general classes 10 years ago, but is making big bucks on a crab fishing boat now, that income is credited to the college from 10 years ago.

      And, the data does not distinguish between the various different education programs at a college. Engineering, architecture and poetry majors are all lumped together for this report card. Hardly information to make an informed decision.

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