More education does not always mean higher salary. With hard work, dedication and the right two-year degree, you could be making just as much -- sometimes more -- than some four-year degree graduates (with fewer loans!).
To help you zoom in on the highest-paying degrees that don't take four years to earn, we dug into our data, which includes millions of salaries submitted by real employees, to find out which jobs yield the highest pay days by folks with a 2-year degree. Unsurprisingly, many of the highest-paying jobs that don't require a 4-year degree are IT-related.
And here they are!
Highest-Paying Jobs With an Associate's Degree*
|1||Radiology Technician||$ 74,720|
|2||Electrical Engineer Technician||$ 54,500|
|3||IT Specialist||$ 54,471|
|4||Support Specialist||$ 52,180|
|5||Computer Specialist||$ 82,222|
|6||Police Officer||$ 45,545|
|8||Coding Specialist||$ 43,808|
|9||Emergency Medical Technician||$ 38,111|
|10||Cardiovascular Technicians||$ 32,667|
*20 salaries minimum to qualify