Workforce Preparation and Employment Outcomes

Graduates' wages and wage growth

Many students enroll in community colleges to gain new skills so that they can improve their employment prospects. Numerous studies have found that median earnings for individuals with associate degrees are higher than median earnings for high school graduates. Even individuals who attend community college but do not complete a degree have higher earnings than those whose education stops at high school. Fewer studies have examined vocational certificates at the national level, but their results are consistent with the research on associate degrees, with certificate recipients showing a substantial advantage in earnings.

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Median Annual Earnings

Average Quarterly Earnings

Average Annual Earnings and Earnings Growth

Average Hourly Wages

Median Quarterly Earnings

Average Annual Earnings

Mean and Median Quarterly Earnings

Median Annual Salary

Median and Average Annual Earnings

Median wage before and after degree by field of study within award type

Median wage before and after completion by award type within field of study

Average First-year Earnings

Median First-year Earnings