15 Best Paying Jobs for College Business Majors: 2016

ThinkAdvisor used PayScale’s College Salary Report, which collected data from 1.4 million graduates, to find the top jobs

Students majoring in business can go into a lot of different fields once they hit the job market. With the college year started, ThinkAdvisor thought it would be a good time to once again check out which occupations for business majors pay the best.  So all you humanities majors will have time to swap majors, if you’re looking for a bigger paycheck.

Using data from PayScale.com, we have listed the 15 best paying jobs for business majors. The jobs are drawn from the site’s list of most popular jobs for business graduates. PayScale uses their College Salary Report, which collects data through their ongoing, online compensation survey. The sample considered for the College Salary Report was 1.4 million college graduates.

The salary listed combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, commissions, and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable. The salary is for someone at mid-career or about 44 years old and has 15 years of experience. PayScale also rated each job by the percentage of those surveyed who found high meaning, or satisfaction, in their careers.

(Related: 30 Best Paying College Majors: 2016)

Check out the 15 Best Paying Jobs for College Business Majors for 2016:

Tax Compliance Manager

15. (tie) Corporate Controller

Median Mid-Career Pay: $97,900

Common Major: Accounting

% Workers With Major: 62%

% With High Job Meaning: 43%

 

15. (tie) Tax Compliance Manager

Median Mid-Career Pay: $97,900

Common Major: Accounting

% Workers With Major: 67%

% With High Job Meaning: N/A

Payroll Director

13. Payroll Director

Median Mid-Career Pay: $101,000

Common Major: Accounting

% Workers With Major: 23%

% With High Job Meaning: 76%

Financial Analysis Manager

12. Financial Analysis Manager

Median Mid-Career Pay: $102,000

Common Major: Accounting

% Workers With Major: 31%

% With High Job Meaning: 44%

Accounting Director

11. (tie) Accounting Director

Median Mid-Career Pay: $107,000

Common Major: Accounting

% Workers With Major: 68%

% With High Job Meaning: 50%

 

11. (tie) Finance Director

Median Mid-Career Pay: $107,000

Common Major: Accounting

% Workers With Major: 45%

% With High Job Meaning: 49%

Bank Examiner

9. Bank Examiner

Median Mid-Career Pay: $114,000

Common Major: Finance

% Workers With Major: 37%

% With High Job Meaning: 54%

Treasurer

8. Treasurer

Median Mid-Career Pay: $117,000

Common Major: Accounting

% Workers With Major: 55%

% With High Job Meaning: N/A%

Budget Director

7. Budget Director

Median Mid-Career Pay: $118,000

Common Major: Accounting

% Workers With Major: 35%

% With High Job Meaning: N/A%

Stock Plan Administration Manager

6. Stock Plan Administration Manager

Median Mid-Career Pay: $120,000

Common Major: Business Administration

% Workers With Major: 26%

% With High Job Meaning: N/A%

Internal Audit Director

5. (tie) Internal Audit Director

Median Mid-Career Pay: $135,000

Common Major: Accounting

% Workers With Major: 73%

% With High Job Meaning: 52%

 

5. (tie) Senior Tax Manager

Median Mid-Career Pay: $135,000

Common Major: Accounting

% Workers With Major: 78%

% With High Job Meaning: 30%

Senior VP, Mortgage Lending

4. Senior VP, Mortgage Lending

Median Mid-Career Pay: $145,000

Common Major: Business Adminstration

% Workers With Major: 36%

% With High Job Meaning: N/A%

Partner, Accounting Firm

3. Partner, Accounting Firm

Median Mid-Career Pay: $165,000

Common Major: Accounting

% Workers With Major: 84%

% With High Job Meaning: N/A%

Tax Director

2. Tax Director

Median Mid-Career Pay: $169,000

Common Major: Accounting

% Workers With Major: 73%

% With High Job Meaning: 38%

Chief Investment Officer

1. Chief Investment Officer

Median Mid-Career Pay: $186,000

Common Major: Finance

% Workers With Major: 44%

% With High Job Meaning: N/A%

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