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.
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’s 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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|Ranking||Institute Name||Average Earnings|
|1||Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health||$80,700|
|2||Cochran School of Nursing||$79,800|
|3||Lawrence Memorial Hospital School of Nursing||$63,450|
|4||Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics||$52,200|
|5||Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions||$49,800|
|6||Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences||$48,750|
|7||Highlands College of Montana Tech||$46,800|
|8||Lamar Institute of Technology||$46,600|
|9||Riverside School of Health Careers||$45,450|
|10||Carolinas College of Health Sciences||$45,250|
|11||Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture||$43,550|
|12||St Joseph School of Nursing||$43,150|
|13||Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute||$43,050|
|14||North Dakota State College of Science||$42,550|
|15||Marion Military Institute||$41,650|
|16||Northwest Iowa Community College||$41,000|
|17||Chandler-Gilbert Community College||$40,250|
|18||Mitchell Technical Institute||$40,100|
|19||Shoreline Community College||$40,050|
|20||Morrison Institute of Technology||$39,700|
|22||Colorado Northwestern Community College||$38,900|
|23||Manhattan Area Technical College||$38,750|
|24||Inver Hills Community College||$38,750|
|25||AVTEC-Alaska’s Institute of Technology||$38,650|
|26||County College of Morris||$37,750|
|27||New Mexico Military Institute||$36,900|
|28||Salt Lake Community College||$36,600|
|29||Kapiolani Community College||$36,450|
|30||SOWELA Technical Community College||$36,100|
|32||Redlands Community College||$35,500|
|33||Waukesha County Technical College||$35,250|
|34||Naugatuck Valley Community College||$34,350|
|35||Tillamook Bay Community College||$34,200|
|36||Truckee Meadows Community College||$34,000|
|37||Delaware Technical Community College-Stanton/Wilmington||$33,950|
|38||Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations||$33,100|
|39||NorthWest Arkansas Community College||$33,000|
|40||Gwinnett Technical College||$32,800|
|41||University of South Carolina-Sumter||$31,350|
|43||Volunteer State Community College||$30,150|
|44||Pearl River Community College||$29,950|
|45||Community College of Rhode Island||$29,950|
|46||North Idaho College||$29,650|
|47||Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College||$29,500|
|48||Ivy Tech Community College||$29,100|
|49||Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College||$27,950|
|50||Community College of Vermont||$26,650|