Special Report

Highest Paying Jobs You Can Get With an Associate Degree

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33. Paralegals and legal assistants
> Median annual wage: $50,940
> Total employment: 309,940
> Employment growth projection (2016-2026): +14.6%
> Pct. workers w/ associate degree or more: 63.0%

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32. Respiratory therapy technicians
> Median annual wage: $51,210
> Total employment: 9,090
> Employment growth projection (2016-2026): -56.3%
> Pct. workers w/ associate degree or more: 43.1%

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31. Drafters, all other
> Median annual wage: $51,850
> Total employment: 14,580
> Employment growth projection (2016-2026): +8.0%
> Pct. workers w/ associate degree or more: 60.1%

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30. Civil engineering technicians
> Median annual wage: $52,580
> Total employment: 71,150
> Employment growth projection (2016-2026): +8.8%
> Pct. workers w/ associate degree or more: 43.6%

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29. Morticians, undertakers, and funeral directors
> Median annual wage: $52,650
> Total employment: 25,740
> Employment growth projection (2016-2026): +3.9%
> Pct. workers w/ associate degree or more: 73.6%