27 Jobs That Pay Over $60,000 A Year With Just An Associate’s Degree


Education can be expensive, but it has great value beyond money. A well-rounded education teaches you more than just how to do a job. It teaches you life skills, appreciation of science, art, music and nature, and how to be a more informed and productive member of society. (It also teaches you why these things are important.)

But education costs money, and recent student loan forgiveness does little to help prospective students avoid the burden of costly debt.

The cost of a bachelor’s degree at a four-year institution now averages $16,647 per year for tuition and fees, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. But the cost of associate degree tuition and fees averages $3,621 per year.

So a two-year degree might cost you less than $7,300 (excluding room and board), but a four-year degree might cost you more than $66,500. You would also go two more years without earning a salary. Factor in student loan interest over time, it can be a lot of money.

The median weekly salary for someone with an associate degree is $938 (or $48,776 per year) while a bachelor’s degree is $1,305 or $67,860 per year, according to the BLS.

Statistics show that over their lifetime, bachelor’s degree holders earn more, but it may depend on the job.

Having completed post-secondary education, even without earning a degree adds almost a quarter of a million dollars to lifetime earnings, according to a report by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and Workforce. Earning an associate degree adds an increase of nearly $200,000 in lifetime earnings.

And about 28% of workers with an associate degree earn After than the median earnings of workers with a bachelor’s degree, the report says.

Some low-paying college majors, such as fine arts or family and consumer sciences, pay median salaries of $38,000 to $32,000, respectively. That’s well below the median of $67,860 for all bachelor’s degree holders.

So what are the high paying jobs for an associate degree?

We searched the BLS to create this list of jobs that pay over $60,000 a year and only require an associate’s degree. Three of them are paying over $80,000. The list includes the 2021 median salary, projected growth rates through 2031, and the amount (if any) of on-the-job training required. (Remember that on-the-job training is chargeable you learn.) We also added three jobs at the end that only require a high school diploma and pay over $60,000 and even over $80,000 a year.

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3 radiotherapists sh
4 Nuclear medicine technologists sh
5 Dental hygienists sh
6 diagnostic medical sonographers
7 mri sh magnetic resonance imaging technologists
8 sh funeral home
9 sh Aerospace Engineer
10 avionics technicians sh
11 Electrical engineering technology sh
12 IT ent architect Computer engineering IT network support specialists sh
13 hydrology technicians sh
14 engineering technologists General engineering sh
15 respiratory therapists sh
16 sh occupational therapy assistant
17 Electrical and electronic designers sh
18 sh radiology
19 physiotherapist assistants sh
20 cardiovascular diseases sh
21 Mechanical Engineering sh
22Electromechanical and mechatronics technologists and technicians sh
23 Installers and repairers of radio, cellular and tower equipment sh
24 Architectural and Civil Draftsmen sh
25 calibration technologists and technicians
26 Engineering and industrial management sh
27 Mechanical draftsmen sh
28 international transport amazon sh
29 Metro and tram operators sh
30 air hostess travel airplane sh

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