As of 2014, the average starting salary for someone with a finance degree is $57,300. This figure makes a finance degree the eighth most valuable college degree and the only one associated with high entry-level pay rates not in a tech field.

The amount earned from a finance career varies based on which type of position is pursued. For example, a financial analyst with a finance degree is likely to earn an average salary of nearly $77,000, while a real estate appraiser with the same degree is likely to earn around $49,000.

Accountants and auditors earn a median yearly salary of $63,500, while budget analysts earn $69,000. Finance majors who pursue careers as compensation, benefits and job analysis specialists or cost estimators make salaries between $58,000 and $59,000 on average. These professionals organize a business's benefits programs or estimate the cost that it takes to create a certain product. In contrast, financial examiners who advise businesses on investment strategies earn average salaries of $75,000 to $76,000.

Those who graduate with a finance degree and opt for a business career in a bank or insurance company typically spend their days evaluating bank loans or insurance applications, both of which pay between $59,000 and $62,000.

Many people use their finance degrees to become analysts. For example, market analysts project how well a product will sell, and management analysts analyze how to make companies more productive. Management analysts earn average yearly salaries of $77,000, while market analysts earn just over $60,000. (For related reading, see: A Guide to Financial Careers.)

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