How much will an associate degree in environmental science raise pay? What about a certificate as a computer support tech? Salary Surfer, a new web site created by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, estimates the potential wages to be earned two years and five years after receiving a certificate or degree in various fields.
For example, earning a certificate in computer support is likely to raise pay from $20,144 two years before completion to $35,197 two years after and $44,890 five years after completing the certificate. (According to the chart, support techs with certificates earn more than support techs with degrees.)
The median annual salary for an environmental tech with an associate degree rises from $31,599 two years before earning the degree to $58,803 two years after to $65,017 after five years.
Some jobs that require only a certificate pay very, very well, reports Kathy Baron for EdSource Today.
Five years after earning a certificate in electrical systems and power transmission, the people who repair and maintain electric lines and test power meters earn a median salary of more than $123,000 a year.
That’s more than double the median wage for a worker with a master’s degree — $60,200 — reports the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
According to Salary Surfer, 45 percent of community college graduates earned more than $54,000 a year.