20. Senior Financial Analyst | Median Mid-Career Pay: $87,500 (median salary for alumni with 10+ years’ experience) | Most Common Major: Finance
19. Financial Controller | Median Mid-Career Pay: $88,200 | Most Common Major: Accounting
18. Cost Accounting Manager | Median Mid-Career Pay: $91,700 | Most Common Major: Accounting
17. Manager of Accounting & Financial Reporting | Median Mid-Career Pay: $92,700 | Most Common Major: Accounting
16. Director of Finance & Administration | Median Mid-Career Pay: $97,300 | Most Common Major: Accounting

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15. Plant Controller | Median Mid-Career Pay: $101,000 | Most Common Major: Accounting
14. (tie) Corporate Controller | Median Mid-Career Pay: $102,000 | Most Common Major: Accounting
14. (tie) Financial Reporting Manager | Median Mid-Career Pay: $102,000 | Most Common Major: Accounting
12. (tie) Accounting Director | Median Mid-Career Pay: $108,000 | Most Common Major: Accounting
12. (tie) Director of Finance | Median Mid-Career Pay: $108,000 | Most Common Major: Accounting

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10. Business Unit Controller | Median Mid-Career Pay: $113,000 | Most Common Major: Accounting
9. Manager, Financial Planning & Analysis | Median Mid-Career Pay: $115,000 | Most Common Major: Finance
7. Senior Finance Manager | Median Mid-Career Pay: $130,000 | Most Common Major: Finance
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5. Internal Audit Director | Median Mid-Career Pay: $142,000 | Most Common Major: Accounting
4. Chief Financial Officer (CFO) | Median Mid-Career Pay: $152,000 | Most Common Major: Accounting
3. Tax Director | Median Mid-Career Pay: $169,000 | Most Common Major: Accounting
3. Tax Director | Median Mid-Career Pay: $169,000 | Most Common Major: Accounting
1. Chief Accounting Officer (CAO) | Median Mid-Career Pay: $198,000 | Most Common Major: Accounting

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The cost of college continues its march higher, so it stands to reason that you might want to get the most bang for your bucket of bucks after you graduate. For this article, culled from PayScale’s detailed study of salaries related to college degrees of all stripes, ThinkAdvisor focused on college business majors, which accounts for one third of all bachelor degrees in the United States and, of course, is most related to the financial services arena.

Payscale’s College Salary Report for 2017-18 gathered information from 2.3 million college students. The sample considered for the salary report was 2.3 million college graduates from more than 92% of schools with undergraduate enrollment of 1,000 and 98% of schools with 5,000 enrollment.

(Related: 10 Best Jobs of the Future: 2017 and 30 Best Paying College Majors: 2017)

To figure the salary, PayScale combined base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime, and other forms of cash earnings, but not stock compensation.

So, check out the list above and see what the 20 best paying jobs are for business majors–and if you have an accounting degree feel free to celebrate.

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