Nursing at Grossmont College Fire/Emergency Response Technology at College of the Siskiyous Biology at San Diego Mesa College Electrical Technology at Los Medanos College Police Academy at Fullerton College Automotive Technology at San Joaquin Delta College Renewable Energy Training at College of the Desert Culinary Arts at American River College Dental Hygiene at Moreno Valley College

Salary Surfer

As students and their families make important decisions about investing their time and money in pursuing a college education, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office is making available for the first time comparative information about the earnings of recent graduates who received an award in a specific program area at California community colleges.

The Salary Surfer uses the aggregated earnings of graduates from a five year period to provide an estimate on the potential wages to be earned two years and five years after receiving a certificate or degree in certain disciplines. This tool also provides information on which colleges offer programs in those specific disciplines. The Salary Surfer does not contain information about wages earned by community college students who transfer to a four-year institution.

While it is useful to know the potential earnings after receiving a certificate or degree, other important considerations, such as personal interest and skill, should be used in selecting an educational program.

Information about the data and the methodology used to develop the Salary Surfer is available in the documentation. Please contact us at if you have additional questions.


ARCC Framework

Scorecard Data Specifications

Data Analysis Guidelines

Student Success Task Force Recommendations

ARCC Legislation