Associates Degree Programs With the Highest Earnings Among Graduates the Year Following Graduation

Title Number of Graduates
(2013 - 2014)
Average Annual Salary
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 12545 $44,284.00
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 12008 $45,932.00
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 6570 $49,864.00
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 6290 $51,188.00
Engineering Technology, General 4196 $41,952.00
Engineering Technology, General 3981 $38,592.00
Business Administration & Management, General 2950 $27,872.00
Business Administration & Management, General 2673 $28,888.00
Construction Trades, General 1994 $66,456.00
Liberal Arts & Sciences/Liberal Studies 1994 $21,808.00
General Studies 1924 $27,832.00
Liberal Arts & Sciences/Liberal Studies 1913 $21,600.00
Construction Trades, General 1843 $68,784.00
General Studies 1839 $30,472.00
Medical/Clinical Assistant 1357 $23,832.00
Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies & Humanities, Other 1243 $18,904.00
Medical/Clinical Assistant 1228 $24,480.00
Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies & Humanities, Other 1118 $16,800.00
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 1007 $26,188.00
Accounting Technology/Technician & Bookkeeping 999 $26,404.00
Accounting Technology/Technician & Bookkeeping 988 $27,364.00
Business/Commerce, General 940 $33,056.00
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 923 $28,744.00
Computer & Information Sciences, General 918 $33,328.00
Electrician 885 $68,012.00
Executive Assistant/Executive Secretary 869 $24,092.00
Executive Assistant/Executive Secretary 865 $22,612.00
Electrician 842 $71,192.00
Business/Commerce, General 838 $32,196.00
Electrical, Electronic & Communications Engineering Tech. 817 $45,664.00
Early Childhood Education & Teaching 808 $19,948.00
Early Childhood Education & Teaching 770 $19,152.00
Computer & Information Sciences, General 764 $32,120.00
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician 752 $20,076.00
Electrical, Electronic & Communications Engineering Tech. 718 $41,572.00
Mechanics & Repairers, General 683 $30,920.00
Mechanics & Repairers, General 663 $31,256.00
Operations Management & Supervision 660 $33,084.00
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician 655 $22,120.00
Operations Management & Supervision 640 $36,008.00
Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians, Other 611 $54,504.00
Information Technology 558 $30,036.00
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 556 $43,252.00
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 549 $40,444.00
Industrial Technology/Technician 539 $40,228.00
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 537 $45,784.00
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other 531 $44,128.00
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 531 $46,912.00
Surgical Technology/Technologist 519 $35,388.00
Drafting & Design Technology/Technician, General 509 $31,016.00
Legal Studies, General 509 $26,212.00
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 509 $26,212.00
Drafting & Design Technology/Technician, General 501 $32,668.00
Pipefitting/Pipefitter & Sprinkler Fitter 499 $70,940.00
Surgical Technology/Technologist 489 $34,924.00
Legal Studies, General 483 $26,544.00
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 483 $26,544.00
Precision Production Trades, General 479 $56,856.00
Pipefitting/Pipefitter & Sprinkler Fitter 479 $71,748.00
Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians, Other 477 $53,548.00
Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Technologies, General 473 $29,456.00
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 463 $41,148.00
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 459 $38,152.00
Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering Technology/Technician 445 $22,692.00
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 429 $43,332.00
Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Technologies, General 426 $30,048.00
Design & Visual Communications, General 400 $18,516.00
Precision Production Trades, General 400 $57,652.00
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 399 $41,948.00
Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering Technology/Technician 393 $23,152.00
Hospitality Administration/Management, Other 383 $21,964.00
Design & Visual Communications, General 373 $19,296.00
Hospitality Administration/Management, Other 348 $23,720.00
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other 339 $42,320.00
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 336 $28,004.00
Carpentry/Carpenter 335 $55,700.00
Information Technology 325 $31,648.00
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 295 $27,348.00
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 288 $41,152.00
Carpentry/Carpenter 275 $57,048.00
Industrial Technology/Technician 262 $44,128.00
Ironworking/Ironworker 259 $55,376.00
Criminal Justice/Police Science 257 $29,456.00
Agriculture, General 253 $32,456.00
Education, General 244 $15,772.00
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 241 $43,152.00
Criminal Justice/Police Science 238 $27,500.00
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant 236 $44,904.00
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant 232 $44,060.00
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other 230 $23,528.00
Agriculture, General 215 $32,816.00
Mechanical Drafting & Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD 210 $35,180.00
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other 205 $27,812.00
Agriculture, General 200 $38,004.00
Agriculture, General 200 $38,004.00
Interior Design 196 $25,660.00
Mechanical Drafting & Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD 195 $29,352.00
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 187 $30,744.00
Management Information Systems & Services, Other 187 $51,160.00
Construction Trades, Other 184 $32,292.00
Mechanics & Repairers, General 184 $32,292.00
Interior Design 181 $23,004.00
Administrative Assistant & Secretarial Science, General 180 $21,044.00
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 176 $24,352.00
Construction Trades, Other 169 $32,292.00
Mechanics & Repairers, General 169 $32,292.00
Natural Resources/Conservation, General 163 $26,976.00
Building/Construction Finishing, Management & Inspection, Other 160 $29,816.00
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 160 $31,352.00
Ironworking/Ironworker 152 $50,420.00
Management Information Systems & Services, Other 149 $56,700.00
Natural Resources/Conservation, General 149 $27,360.00
Agriculture, General 148 $41,300.00
Agriculture, General 148 $41,300.00
Architectural Drafting & Architectural CAD/CADD 148 $32,148.00
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 146 $25,336.00
Occupational Safety & Health Technology/Technician 133 $40,520.00
Building/Construction Finishing, Management & Inspection, Other 131 $31,476.00
Veterinary/Animal Health Techn. & Veterinary Assistant 130 $32,252.00
Science Technologies/Technicians, General 127 $25,548.00
Chemical Technology/Technician 127 $25,548.00
Architectural Drafting & Architectural CAD/CADD 126 $32,444.00
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician 126 $38,836.00
Science Technologies/Technicians, General 125 $27,212.00
Chemical Technology/Technician 125 $27,212.00
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician 124 $40,272.00
Veterinary/Animal Health Techn. & Veterinary Assistant 122 $33,412.00
Occupational Safety & Health Technology/Technician 120 $44,060.00
Biotechnology 119 $32,628.00
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician 117 $47,404.00
Occupational Therapist Assistant 115 $43,876.00
Occupational Therapist Assistant 114 $43,940.00
Education, General 114 $17,204.00
Administrative Assistant & Secretarial Science, General 108 $20,756.00
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician 104 $46,616.00
Biotechnology 101 $34,316.00
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician 95 $39,140.00
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician 93 $38,580.00
Sheet Metal Technology/Sheetworking 93 $68,924.00
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician 90 $50,976.00
Funeral Service & Mortuary Science, General 87 $31,456.00
Funeral Service & Mortuary Science, General 85 $29,544.00
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician 84 $38,680.00
Work & Family Studies 80 $18,376.00
Sheet Metal Technology/Sheetworking 79 $67,436.00
Work & Family Studies 78 $17,376.00
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician 74 $38,732.00
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician 68 $41,608.00
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician 68 $43,756.00
Dental Assisting/Assistant 66 $25,492.00
Commercial & Advertising Art 66 $22,144.00
Dental Laboratory Technology/Technician 66 $27,836.00
Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science & Technology, General 65 $17,592.00
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage 65 $15,016.00
Child Care & Support Services Management 64 $16,836.00
Child Care & Support Services Management 64 $17,300.00
Human Services, General 64 $27,880.00
Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science & Technology, General 63 $19,060.00
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage 63 $17,580.00
Dental Laboratory Technology/Technician 62 $26,672.00
American Sign Language (ASL) 61 $22,552.00
Fire Science/Firefighting 60 $27,736.00
Fire Science/Firefighting 58 $32,988.00
Tool & Die Technology/Technician 58 $50,208.00
Cabinetmaking and Millwork 57 $48,668.00
American Sign Language (ASL) 55 $16,400.00
Radio & Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician 55 $18,040.00
Commercial & Advertising Art 53 $19,932.00
Computer Systems Networking & Telecommunications 53 $27,516.00
Radio & Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician 52 $18,040.00
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician 52 $56,704.00
Computer Systems Networking & Telecommunications 51 $24,856.00
Robotics Technology/Technician 51 $56,164.00
Surveying Technology/Surveying 49 $39,592.00
Dental Assisting/Assistant 49 $26,564.00
Surveying Technology/Surveying 47 $33,984.00
Telecommunications Technology/Technician 44 $49,756.00
Biomedical Technology/Technician 44 $38,812.00
Cooking & Related Culinary Arts, General 44 $23,892.00
Computer Programming, Specific Applications 42 $50,192.00
Cooking & Related Culinary Arts, General 42 $19,060.00
Computer Programming, Specific Applications 41 $40,784.00
Optomeric Technician/Assistant 40 $28,076.00
Robotics Technology/Technician 39 $54,960.00
Optomeric Technician/Assistant 38 $25,944.00
Autobody/Collision & Repair Technology/Technician 38 $26,540.00
Cabinetmaking and Millwork 38 $54,396.00
Mason/Masonry 36 $42,364.00
Agricultural Business & Management, General 36 $26,292.00
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 36 $29,928.00
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist 36 $57,440.00
Mason/Masonry 34 $49,740.00
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 33 $18,676.00
Tool & Die Technology/Technician 33 $43,876.00
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 33 $22,488.00
Telecommunications Technology/Technician 33 $49,436.00
Biomedical Technology/Technician 33 $39,584.00
Kindergarten/Preschool Education & Teaching 32 $19,196.00
Applied Horticulture/Horticultural Operations, General 31 $27,724.00
Electrical & Power Transmission Installers, Other 31 $90,216.00
Kindergarten/Preschool Education & Teaching 30 $19,196.00
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist 30 $58,156.00
Recording Arts Technology/Technician 30 $21,576.00
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 29 $23,556.00
Library and Archives Assisting 29 $17,172.00
Autobody/Collision & Repair Technology/Technician 29 $27,556.00
Lineworker 29 $87,468.00
Agricultural Business & Management, General 28 $25,280.00
Electrical & Power Transmission Installers, Other 26 $90,076.00
Graphic & Printing Equipment Operator, General Production 26 $39,968.00
Applied Horticulture/Horticultural Operations, General 25 $24,712.00
Allied Health Diagnostic/Intervention/Treatment Professions, Other 25 $63,284.00
Quality Control & Safety Technologies/Technicians, Other 23 $33,416.00
Lineworker 23 $89,920.00
Allied Health Diagnostic/Intervention/Treatment Professions, Other 22 $52,832.00
Graphic & Printing Equipment Operator, General Production 21 $37,952.00
Building/Construction Site Management/Manager 21 $33,192.00
Quality Control & Safety Technologies/Technicians, Other 21 $34,580.00
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant 20 $23,084.00
Communication, Journalism & Related Programs, Other 18 $19,328.00
Building/Construction Site Management/Manager 17 $30,276.00
Mechanic & Repair Technologies/Technicians, Other 16 $89,032.00
Precision Production Trades, General 16 $89,032.00
Mechanic & Repair Technologies/Technicians, Other 16 $89,032.00
Precision Production Trades, General 16 $89,032.00
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General 14 $14,212.00
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General 13 $14,212.00
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant 13 $38,896.00