Special Report

Highest Paying Jobs You Can Get With an Associate Degree

While it is hard to quantify the value of higher education, people with higher levels of education tend to have higher incomes and are less likely to be unemployed. Jobs with greater educational requirements tend to have higher pay as well as some of the best job security and benefits.

One of the best investments in higher education is the associate degree. A typical associate degree program lasts two years and can provide graduates with access to high-paying jobs in specialized, fast-growing fields.

The median annual wage for jobs that typically require an associate degree is $53,700, approximately $15,000 more than the median wage for all jobs and $29,000 more than the median pay for jobs with no formal education requirement. A number of the occupations that typically require an associate degree pay more than $70,000.

To identify the highest paying jobs you can get with an associate degree, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed annual median wage estimates for over 800 occupations that require associate degrees with data from the May 2018 Occupational Employment Statistics program of the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Jobs requiring associate degrees also tend to be in fast-growing, in-demand fields. While the number of jobs in the United States is projected to grow by 7.4% from 2016 to 2026, the number of jobs that typically require an associate degree is projected to grow by 10.8%. Some jobs on this list — mostly in the medical practice, one of America’s fastest-growing industries — are projected to grow by more than 20% over the period.

Click here to see the full list of the highest paying jobs you can get with an associate degree
Click here to see our detailed findings and methodology

Sponsored: Tips for Investing

A financial advisor can help you understand the advantages and disadvantages of investment properties. Finding a qualified financial advisor doesn’t have to be hard. SmartAsset’s free tool matches you with up to three financial advisors who serve your area, and you can interview your advisor matches at no cost to decide which one is right for you. If you’re ready to find an advisor who can help you achieve your financial goals, get started now.

Investing in real estate can diversify your portfolio. But expanding your horizons may add additional costs. If you’re an investor looking to minimize expenses, consider checking out online brokerages. They often offer low investment fees, helping you maximize your profit.