Find a Community College in Your State with High Salaries

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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.