This year's 15 best jobs for college business school graduates

PayScale’s College Salary Report collected data from 1.4 million grads to find the top jobs

The future is bright for business majors who plan to pursue one of these 15 careers. (Photo: iStock) The future is bright for business majors who plan to pursue one of these 15 careers. (Photo: iStock)

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.

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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.

Keep reading to check out the 15 best paying jobs for college business majors in 2016.

A comptroller supervises the quality of an organization's accounting and financial reporting. (Photo: iStock)A comptroller supervises the quality of an organization's accounting and financial reporting. (Photo: iStock)

15. (tie) Corporate Controller

Median Mid-Career Pay: $97,900

Common Major: Accounting

Percent Workers With Major: 62

Percent With High Job Meaning: 43

 

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15. (tie) Tax Compliance Manager

Median Mid-Career Pay: $97,900

Common Major: Accounting

Percent Workers With Major: 67

Percent With High Job Meaning: N/A

Among the reasons that a payroll director is so pivotal to a company's operations: the many taxes and witholdings involved with processing payroll. (Photo: iStock)

Among the reasons that a payroll director is so pivotal to a company's operations: the many taxes and witholdings involved with processing payroll. (Photo: iStock)

13. Payroll Director

Median Mid-Career Pay: $101,000

Common Major: Accounting

Percent Workers With Major: 23

Percent With High Job Meaning: 76

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12. Financial Analysis Manager

Median Mid-Career Pay: $102,000

Common Major: Accounting

Percent Workers With Major: 31

Percent With High Job Meaning: 44

The accounting field as we know is thought to have been established by the Italian mathematician Luca Pacioli in 1494. (Photo: iStock)The accounting field as we know is thought to have been established by the Italian mathematician Luca Pacioli in 1494. (Photo: iStock)

11. (tie) Accounting Director

Median Mid-Career Pay: $107,000

Common Major: Accounting

Percent Workers With Major: 68

Percent With High Job Meaning: 50

 

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11. (tie) Finance Director

Median Mid-Career Pay: $107,000

Common Major: Accounting

Percent Workers With Major: 45

Percent With High Job Meaning: 49

A bank examiner is a species of auditor who makes sure that financial institutions are operating legally, ethically and safely. (Photo: iStock)A bank examiner is a species of auditor who makes sure that financial institutions are operating legally, ethically and safely. (Photo: iStock)

9. Bank Examiner

Median Mid-Career Pay: $114,000

Common Major: Finance

Percent Workers With Major: 37

Percent With High Job Meaning: 54

 

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8. Treasurer

Median Mid-Career Pay: $117,000

Common Major: Accounting

Percent Workers With Major: 55

Percent With High Job Meaning: N/A

The word 'budget' is derived from old French word bougette, which means 'purse.' (Photo: iStock)The word 'budget' is derived from old French word bougette, which means 'purse.' (Photo: iStock)

7. Budget Director

Median Mid-Career Pay: $118,000

Common Major: Accounting

Percent Workers With Major: 35

Percent With High Job Meaning: N/A

 

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6. Stock Plan Administration Manager

Median Mid-Career Pay: $120,000

Common Major: Business Administration

Percent Workers With Major: 26

Percent With High Job Meaning: N/A

As a result of an audit, stakeholders may effectively evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control and the governance processes. (Photo: iStock)As a result of an audit, stakeholders may effectively evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control and the governance processes. (Photo: iStock)

5. (tie) Internal Audit Director

Median Mid-Career Pay: $135,000

Common Major: Accounting

Percent Workers With Major: 73

Percent With High Job Meaning: 52

 

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5. (tie) Senior Tax Manager

Median Mid-Career Pay: $135,000

Common Major: Accounting

Percent Workers With Major: 78

Percent With High Job Meaning: 30

The mortgage industry of the United States is a major financial sector. (Photo: iStock)The mortgage industry of the United States is a major financial sector. (Photo: iStock)

 

4. Senior VP, Mortgage Lending

Median Mid-Career Pay: $165,000

Common Major: Accounting

Percent Workers With Major: 84

Percent With High Job Meaning: N/A

 

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3. Partner, Accounting Firm

Median Mid-Career Pay: $145,000

Common Major: Business Adminstration

Percent Workers With Major: 36

Percent With High Job Meaning: N/A

Ancient Egypt fostered to first know taxation sytem. (Photo: iStock)Ancient Egypt fostered to first know taxation sytem. (Photo: iStock)

2. Tax Director

Median Mid-Career Pay: $169,000

Common Major: Accounting

Percent  Workers With Major: 73

Percent  With High Job Meaning: 38

 

1. Chief Investment Officer

Median Mid-Career Pay: $186,000

Common Major: Finance

Percent Workers With Major: 44

Percent With High Job Meaning: N/A

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