When it comes to what 2-year degree alumni earn, Napa Valley’s Pacific Union College ranks first in California, and second in the nation.
Of the 14 from California on the list of colleges with two-year programs, PUC was followed by Mount Saint Mary’s University, Foothill College, and Loma Linda University, as reported by Payscale.com in its 2017-2018 College Salary Report.
Twenty of the top 50 are located in New York or California.
At the Angwin institution, the median early career salary for alumni with 0-5 years experience is $60,700, with mid-career pay at $85,400.
For the report, Payscale surveyed approximately 2.3 million graduates from more than 2,700 colleges and universities throughout the U.S., asking them to report their highest degree earned, major, school name, and salary.
PUC was bested only by Helene Fuld College of Nursing in New York, whose early career salary was $62,300.
In 2015, the most recent year such information is available, the Social Security Administration determined the national average wage index was $48,098.
“While earning potential isn’t the sole reason students and families should consider when deciding on a college, it is an important factor, as college is a significant investment of both time and money,” said Jennifer Tyner, vice president of student life, enrollment, and marketing in a statement. “We are so pleased PUC graduates with two-year degrees are out in the workforce and receiving a high return on their college investment.”
In November, PUC was named the most ethnically diverse National liberal Arts College in the nation, according to annual rankings of best colleges released by U.S. News & World Report for the 2015-2016 school year.
Founded in 1882, PUC is a Seventh-day-Adventist Christian college.