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The American Institutes for Research (AIR) found graduates might find their first-year earnings would be more with a technical associate degree, rather than a standard 4-year degree.

AIR looked at five states: Arkansas, Colorado, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. In all those states, except Arkansas, first-year earnings were higher for people who had an associate degree, compared to a bachelor's degree.

Here is the salary comparison:

  • Arkansas - $31,430 with an associate degree vs. $32,784 with a bachelor's degree.
  • Colorado - $45,889 with an associate of applied science degree vs. $38,860 with a bachelor's degree.
  • Tennessee - $38,954 with an associate degree vs. $37,567 with a bachelor's degree.
  • Texas - $50,827 with a technical associate degree vs. $39,725 with a bachelor's degree.
  • Virginia - $38,551 with a technical associate degree vs. $36,472 with a bachelor's degree.

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    • Arkansas: $31,430 with an associate degree vs. $32,784 with a bachelor's degree.
    • Colorado: $45,889 with an associate of applied science degree vs. $38,860 with a bachelor's degree.
    • Tennessee: $38,954 with an associate degree vs. $37,567 with a bachelor's degree.
    • Texas: $50,827 with a technical associate degree vs. $39,725 with a bachelor's degree.
    • Virginia: $38,551 with a technical associate degree vs. $36,472 with a bachelor's degree.

    While the research is tempting, the U.S. government shows statistics that a four-year degree offers more income-earning potential.

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