Most students realize the reason to get a diploma is to obtain a good, well-paying career. Typically, the better the degree and the better the school, the better the job after graduation. While going to an excellent school certainly won't hurt, the degree earned is really what matters. Varying degrees carry varying levels of "respect." For example, a Master's degree often holds more merit than a bachelor's degree. What can someone expect to earn if they carry any of these degrees? Aside from work in the field chosen, the average salaries are as follows:
Associate's Degree: A two-year degree with an emphasis on hands-on training for job placement. Typically, one can expect to earn anywhere from $18,000 to $29,000 by holding an Associate's degree.
Bachelor's Degree: A four-year degree where the student earns his or her wings in a certain field, making their knowledge valuable in the workplace. On average a Bachelor's degree holder can expect to make somewhere in the range of $32,000 to $50,000 per year.
Master's Degree: The Master's is a coveted degree that requires a lot of extra hard work, and in most cases a minimum of four-years of schooling after a Bachelor's degree. The Master's Degree can also be grouped in the Graduate and Post-Graduate categories. For most, a Master's degree earns them a salary of $65,000 to $100,000 annually.
Ph.D.: The Ph.D. is also known as the Doctor of Philosophy Degree. This is one of the highest forms of education available today. Most, if not all doctors have earned their Ph.D. Typically, a large thesis must be written and those holding this high honor usually earn $125,000 per year and up.