Education Pays in Colorado: Earnings 1, 5, and 10 Years After College
Postsecondary education delivers many benefits to students who attend America’s colleges and universities and to society in general. But when students are asked about what they want from college, the most frequent responses focus on labor market outcomes, especially good careers and high earnings.
As more and more students borrow more and more money to fund their postsecondary education, they should explore all of their options, including shorter and less expensive pathways (e.g., subbaccalaureate credentials) to good jobs.
This report and the accompanying website present data on the earnings of students who completed certificates and degrees from all public and many private colleges and universities across Colorado, as far out as ten years after completing their studies.
- Many postsecondary credentials other than the bachelor’s degree are becoming increasingly common, with a particularly rapid increase in the number of associate’s degree granted over the last five years.
- Many subbaccalaureate credentials can lead to middle-class earnings—sometimes exceeding the earnings of graduates with bachelor’s degrees.