Data Matters: Do Two-Year Degrees Lead to Better Pay?

By Rebecca L. Weber

We take a closer look in Colorado to see whether community college graduates command higher pay than their four-year counterparts.

Overall, four-year-degree holders in Colorado earn more than community college grads do. But salaries vary widely, depending on what was studied, as well as the number of years of experience after graduation. An Associate of Applied Science (AAS) is particularly valuable — sometimes more than a bachelor’s degree is. A new report, Education Pays in Colorado, compares salaries one, five and 10 years after completion.

Rebecca L. Weber

is a contributor to the 21st-Century Center.

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