Some US community college grads out-earn bachelor's degree holders

February 28, 2014

Nearly 30% of Americans with associate (community college) degrees now make more than those with bachelor's degrees, says Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce. And according to CNN, many other data have shown that, on average, community college graduates make more money right after college than graduates of 4-year universities. In Tennessee, for example, the average wage for community college graduates is $38,948—more than $1,300 higher than the average salaries for graduates of the state's 4-year institutions. “While by mid-career, many bachelor's degree recipients have caught up in earnings to community college grads, the other factor that has to be taken into account is that getting a 4-year degree can be much more expensive than getting a 2-year degree," says American Institutes for Research VP Mark Schneider. CNN