These Are The Junior Colleges With The Highest Earning Graduates In Each State

Ryan Morris
by Ryan Morris
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Prospective college students have a lot to consider when they’re deciding on what college to attend. Graduation rates, academic quality, housing, campus, location, amenities — all of these get brought up at one point or another as people make the transition into the university system.

But as important as these other factors tend to be, any conversation about the worth of a college education inevitably turns to how much money that education enables a person to make once they’ve finally graduated and gotten themselves a job.

This got us thinking — from which colleges in the US were working alumni making the most money?

Using the information found on the IPEDS database, we created our own list of the best college to attend in each state for alumni salaries.

The full list can be found further down, but first, here’s a quick top ten.

  1. Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health
  2. Cochran School of Nursing
  3. Lawrence Memorial Hospital School of Nursing
  4. Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics
  5. Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions
  6. Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  7. Highlands College of Montana Tech
  8. Lamar Institute of Technology
  9. Riverside School of Health Careers
  10. Carolinas College of Health Sciences

How We Did It

Using information found on the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) database, we searched for the junior college in each state with the highest incomes for graduated students.

We looked at median earnings six and ten years after they graduated — we wanted to have at least two time intervals to track in order to have a wider spread of data to consider. Following this, we averaged median incomes six- and ten-years out and ranked each state‚Äôs top school, which got us our final list.

And as a reminder, each college on our list has to take the top place in its state to make the rankings.

Does your state make the top ten? Read on to the full list to find out.

1. Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health

Average Earnings: $80,700
Location: Los Angeles, CA
College Description: A community college owned by and located in Los Angeles County, Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health provides educational opportunities to LA County residents within the healthcare field. With average alumni earnings of $80,700, this school easily takes the top spot on our list.

2. Cochran School of Nursing

Average Earnings: $79,800
Location: Yonkers, NY
College Description: Founded in Yonkers, NY, in 1894, Cochran School of Nursing is the second healthcare-based junior college to grace our list. The school itself is housed within St. John’s Riverside hospital and its commitment to helping its students is evident in its alumni’s average earnings of $79,800.

3. Lawrence Memorial Hospital School of Nursing

Average Earnings: $63,450
Location: Medford, MA
College Description: Another health care-related school, Lawrence Memorial Hospital School of Nursing is based in the city of Medford, MA, a relatively small town from which the Gypsy Moth originally spread as an invasive species after being brought into the country by an amateur entomologist. The school itself is based out of the Lawrence Memorial Hospital, and its alumni make an average of $63,450.

4. Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics

Average Earnings: $52,200
Location: West Mifflin, PA
College Description: The aviation technology school known as the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics is actually technically located outside of Pittsburgh, within the town of West Mifflin. The school offers a variety of courses on the design, maintenance, and operation of aviation technologies, which might account for its alumni’s average earnings of $52,200.

5. Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions

Average Earnings: $49,800
Location: Lewiston, ME
College Description: Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions is the fourth healthcare-related school on our list, this one dedicated to helping its students learn interpersonal skills as well as healthcare skills in order to help them succeed in the workplace — a success that shows, given the average alumni earnings of $49,800.

6. Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Average Earnings: $48,750
Location: Cape Girardeau, MO
College Description: Yet another healthcare college, Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences is an educator of numerous nurses and healthcare providers in a number of different specializations. The college focuses its curriculum on fostering its students’ professional growth, which shows in the average alumni’s earnings of $48,750.

7. Highlands College of Montana Tech

Average Earnings: $46,800
Location: Butte, MT
College Description: A small school located in the beautiful countryside of Montana, Highlands College of Montana Tech offers degrees in fields such as business and accounting, health programs, and practical trades. Alumni clearly make quick use of these skills in the real world, given their average earnings of $46,800.

8. Lamar Institute of Technology

Average Earnings: $46,600
Location: Beaumont, TX
College Description: Lamar Institute of Technology is a school designed with the purpose of educating its students with hard job skills in mind. Offering financial aid opportunities and a diverse amount of programs including subjects such as accounting technology, computer systems, and dental hygiene, Lamar Institute of Technology is an excellent choice for those looking for schools in the state of Texas.

9. Riverside School of Health Careers

Average Earnings: $45,450
Location: Newport News, VA
College Description: Beginning as a community-founded hospital in the early 1900s, Riverside School of Health Careers is a healthcare education school and non-profit organization based in Newport News, VA. With an average alumnus earning $45,450, the skills and experience Riverside offers to its students are clearly being put to good work.

10. Carolinas College of Health Sciences

Average Earnings: $45,250
Location: Charlotte, NC
College Description: A small school with big hospital resources, Carolinas College of Health Sciences is a healthcare-focused college teaching everyone from nurses to specialists like radiation therapists. The average alumni make $45,250, showing that there’s a lot more to Charlotte, NC, than just the big schools like UNC-Charlotte.

Wrapping Up

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Ranking Institute Name City State Abbr. Median Earnings 10 Years Median Earnings 6 Years Average Earnings
1 Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health Los Angeles CA $82,400 $79,000 $80,700
2 Cochran School of Nursing Yonkers NY $87,200 $72,400 $79,800
3 Lawrence Memorial Hospital School of Nursing Medford MA $63,300 $63,600 $63,450
4 Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics West Mifflin PA $56,800 $47,600 $52,200
5 Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions Lewiston ME $53,200 $46,400 $49,800
6 Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences Cape Girardeau MO $45,900 $51,600 $48,750
7 Highlands College of Montana Tech Butte MT $51,600 $42,000 $46,800
8 Lamar Institute of Technology Beaumont TX $57,000 $36,200 $46,600
9 Riverside School of Health Careers Newport News VA $47,000 $43,900 $45,450
10 Carolinas College of Health Sciences Charlotte NC $47,400 $43,100 $45,250
11 Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture Curtis NE $49,800 $37,300 $43,550
12 St Joseph School of Nursing Nashua NH $43,400 $42,900 $43,150
13 Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute Wooster OH $48,600 $37,500 $43,050
14 North Dakota State College of Science Wahpeton ND $46,200 $38,900 $42,550
15 Marion Military Institute Marion AL $53,000 $30,300 $41,650
16 Northwest Iowa Community College Sheldon IA $41,800 $40,200 $41,000
17 Chandler-Gilbert Community College Chandler AZ $45,600 $34,900 $40,250
18 Mitchell Technical Institute Mitchell SD $42,400 $37,800 $40,100
19 Shoreline Community College Shoreline WA $44,900 $35,200 $40,050
20 Morrison Institute of Technology Morrison IL $43,800 $35,600 $39,700
21 Montgomery College Rockville MD $44,400 $33,600 $39,000
22 Colorado Northwestern Community College Rangely CO $43,600 $34,200 $38,900
23 Manhattan Area Technical College Manhattan KS $39,500 $38,000 $38,750
24 Inver Hills Community College Inver Grove Heights MN $41,500 $36,000 $38,750
25 AVTEC-Alaska’s Institute of Technology Seward AK $41,400 $35,900 $38,650
26 County College of Morris Randolph NJ $42,900 $32,600 $37,750
27 New Mexico Military Institute Roswell NM $41,900 $31,900 $36,900
28 Salt Lake Community College Salt Lake City UT $41,200 $32,000 $36,600
29 Kapiolani Community College Honolulu HI $39,000 $33,900 $36,450
30 SOWELA Technical Community College Lake Charles LA $35,800 $36,400 $36,100
31 Casper College Casper WY $38,900 $32,500 $35,700
32 Redlands Community College El Reno OK $39,600 $31,400 $35,500
33 Waukesha County Technical College Pewaukee WI $39,600 $30,900 $35,250
34 Naugatuck Valley Community College Waterbury CT $37,600 $31,100 $34,350
35 Tillamook Bay Community College Tillamook OR $37,700 $30,700 $34,200
36 Truckee Meadows Community College Reno NV $37,200 $30,800 $34,000
37 Delaware Technical Community College-Stanton/Wilmington Wilmington DE $36,500 $31,400 $33,950
38 Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations West Palm Beach FL $33,600 $32,600 $33,100
39 NorthWest Arkansas Community College Bentonville AR $36,100 $29,900 $33,000
40 Gwinnett Technical College Lawrenceville GA $37,500 $28,100 $32,800
41 University of South Carolina-Sumter Sumter SC $34,900 $27,800 $31,350
42 Schoolcraft College Livonia MI $34,600 $27,700 $31,150
43 Volunteer State Community College Gallatin TN $32,400 $27,900 $30,150
44 Pearl River Community College Poplarville MS $33,300 $26,600 $29,950
45 Community College of Rhode Island Warwick RI $33,400 $26,500 $29,950
46 North Idaho College Coeur d’Alene ID $32,500 $26,800 $29,650
47 Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College Bowling Green KY $31,200 $27,800 $29,500
48 Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis IN $30,900 $27,300 $29,100
49 Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College Mount Gay WV $30,600 $25,300 $27,950
50 Community College of Vermont Winooski VT $28,400 $24,900 $26,650

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