More education = more earning power

The level of education you achieve can make a huge difference in how much money you’re able to earn, also called your earning power.


Everyone’s situation and goals in life are a little different. A four-year college degree isn’t right for everyone. You may be interested in community college, junior college, trade school, or technical training instead.
A person with a two-year associate degree has lifetime earnings almost 25% higher than a high school graduate. A person with a four-year degree earns, on average, almost 75% more than a high school graduate.
For more about higher education and how to afford for it, see the topic School & $. Click the Next button for tips on choosing a career and getting hired.
There are many jobs that don’t require specialized education or training beyond high school, but some jobs do require it.
Income = independence All in a day’s work More education = more earning power