Post # 17
I’m a lawyer (law school, bar, etc). I don’t care for it most of the time.
My husband is a corporate accountant. He works for an insurance company in the investments area doing derivatives stuff. I don’t fully know what that means 🙂 He works pretty regular hours (9-6ish or sometimes 9-8 when it is busy). He likes it. He doesn’t have any advanced degrees, just a bachelors in accounting.
Post # 18
DH and I are both in finance and each make significantly over 50K. We only have bachelors degrees but we went to a well-known business school for undergrad. One way to get into finance is to get an MBA at a good school. However, the hours are really, really long and travel may be involved.
I think PP brought up a good point about location – both salaries and cost of living are going to vary depending where you are.
Post # 19
I am 30, have worked my way up at a large corporation over the past 7 years. I function as either a business analyst or project manager. I do not have an undergrad degree. I was probably in my job for 4+ years before I was able to move within the organization and see substantial increases in pay.
I am fairly satisfied with my job and hope to continue to working here particularly since I work from home. Sometimes the hours are long but I’m paid on an hourly basis so it’s not bad especially when i can do it in my pajamas.
My Fiance was in your position. He went back to school for a MBA in business. This has definitely increased his opportunities.
Post # 20
I’m an Admin Assistant at an electricity company. I make $63K. BUT this company pays extremely well and all my other Admin friends don’t make nearly as much. It sounds like the average is $35-45K
ETA: Forgot to mention my schooling. I have a diploma from taking a 2 year program for Administrative Assistant at college.
Post # 21
Fiance and I each have 4 year degrees from a top 10 university.
I work in operations/technology project management for a financial firm. Hours are usually 9-6 M-F with weekend work once ever 6 weeks or so. (I have my Series 7 and Series 63 certifications.) I was a biology major. My career has nothing to do with my actual degree.
Fiance works in technology & computer forensic investigations at a small private company. He works longer hours (and often has weekend work) but also gets paid overtime as well as getting company stock. (He was a comp sci major and has some other specialized certifications but no extra schooling)
However, we currently live in NYC and are looking to move to London so cost of living is very high for us even with our higher salaries.
I am 26 and he is 27. He’s been doing the same type of work since graduating college, I did 2 years in my line of work, 2 years in financial servicing, and am now back to project management work.
I’m thinking about getting my MBA, but more because I’m interested in getting a graduate degree and more schooling then for the change of career/bump in salary.
Post # 22
My Dh makes over 50K…he works in finance, for a hedge fund. He actually doesn’t have any additional formal training besides college. He started interning while in college at a mutual fund or bank or something, and then got a part time job/internship while in college at a hedge fund. The starting salary in finance tends to be pretty high (not including bonus), so it’s definitely a lucrative field. However it’s not for everyone–I personally have no interest in learning about currency exchange rates and market trends, lol. He also works hard–12 hour days on the regular, with longer hours if something big is going on.
Post # 23
I have just a B.A. – previously worked as a paralegal making $70k (if I chose to work OT, I could have made upwards of $90k+). Currently working in marketing in a law firm making same. Husband is a 10th year attorney so he makes significantly more, but did have to go to school to get his J.D.
Post # 24
It really depends on where you live. I work about 40-45 hours a week and don’t travel (I traveled a lot in my old job). I have a B.S. degree and about 5 years in the field. I live in MA where the cost of living is ridiculous so even though I earn over $50K, it doesn’t get me very far.
Post # 25
We don’t have high paying jobs yet (We’re both in grad school) but after graduating Fiance is hoping to get about $40-50,000 working full time for an architecture firm. Once he becomes a licensed architect (that will take several years and lots of tests) his salary will go up. I don’t really know how much b/c the market isn’t great right now, but some of the people he used to work with made about $80,000 a year.
Post # 26
I have a bachelor’s degree and Fiance has a GED. We both hold the same position in a marine transportation company (he worked his way up, while I used my degree to get the position). We both make six figures (he makes about $3K more due to longevity). We are both relief captains on towboats that push barges full of different cargoes to chemical/gas docks. Our hours keep us away from home a lot, but there are other options in the marine transportation industry that pay well but also don’t have as rigorous work schedules.
Post # 27
When you say you are in “business” what do you mean? Could you tell me what your job title is?
I actually started out as an admin asst although I also did all of the work for the position I have now as well. Business has really taken off so now I work soley as a research editor. I feel like I am underpaid, but attempts to remedy this situation have not gone well. Part of the problem is that I work for a tiny company so there is not really any room for growth/upward movement beyond what I have already done.
I understand your points are they are well taken! I know that location and skill set have a lot to do with it. I am mostly interested in what field people found well paying jobs without having graduate degrees.
It seems like a lot of people here and other people I talk to have had success with engineering, business, finance and technology related degrees. I felt like we were making good choices when we picked our majors, but now I feel like we made mistakes. It is especially hard for my husband because getting his BS degree was his second go at school after the telecom industry fell out. Now he has a degree and experience in plant biotechnology but it feels like the industry is waning and he is not getting anywhere.
Edit: We live in Portland Oregon where the unemployment rate is extremely high, so I feel like this gives my boss the upper hand in raises, bonuses, etc. I do get fairly good benefits, but whenever I ask for a raise he waves my insurance benefits in my face and says that my raise went into increased premiums. 🙁
Post # 28
I will be the odd one out here and say that I don’t have a degree. I have a 2 year diploma and make a bit over 55k.
I have been working straight out of college. I work in social services (social work). I work for a school board so that is why I get paid A LOT better then most people in my field. I work 8-5.
Post # 29
I will be a lawyer in a few months! Already have a job lined up, and I will be making over $50k. It’s an 8-5 job.
Post # 30
I make six figures but I’ve working in my field for 13 years. I have an MBA and work in financial/data analytics. I’m a Vice President (actually not that impressive of a title, there are hundreds of other VP’s where I work) and manage a small group of analysts. It was mostly seniority and promotions that got me to my current salary level. When I started here 9 years ago, I was making exactly half of what I was making now (but still more than $50K). My job is pretty comfortable in that I can make own hours (I choose to work 10 am to 7pm) and I can work from home one day a week.
My husband works for the same company in IT, specifically server support. He makes mid 60K’s. He complains it’s not much but he has it much easier than I do. He can work from home everyday if he wants to. He’s on call a lot and sometimes works nights and has to carry a pager most weekends, but he gets paid overtime for those. He has a bachelor’s degree in sociology so he was lucky to land a job in that field. He got it through independent study and certification exams that qualified him for the position. I wouldn’t mind switching to a lower paying job if it meant I can work from home all the time.
Post # 31
I’ve been interning with a company for over 2 years now and a beginning analyst starts around $57k-$59k. This particular position requires an engineering degree, but I’m also interviewing for a financial analyst position with a different company. This other company could care less what your degree is in as long as you obtain the necessary analytic skills to get the job done (basic algebra, critical thinking, problem solver, detail oriented, good with Excel, etc.) The starting pay is comparable.
ETA: it can be a little stressful to meet deadlines, but work hours are normal 40/week unless a major deadline is coming up.