Increase your chances for success by making the most out of your high school years.
- Take rigorous classes
- Look for courses that require lots of writing and critical thinking
- Develop good study habits and time-management skills
- Get involved with groups that interest you
- Develop your leadership skills
- Finish strong in your senior year
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Without a high school diploma - $23,900
High school diploma - $30,000
Associate's degree - $37,500
Bachelor's degree - $48,500
Master's degree or higher - $59,600
In 2013, median earnings for full-time year-round working young adults ages 25–34 with a bachelor's degree were $48,500, while the median was $23,900 for those without a high school diploma or its equivalent, $30,000 for those with a high school diploma or its equivalent, and $37,500 for those with an associate's degree. In other words, young adults with a bachelor's degree earned more than twice as much as those without a high school diploma or its equivalent (103 percent more) and 62 percent more than young adult high school completers. Additionally, in 2013 median earnings for young adults with a master's or higher degree were $59,600, some 23 percent more than the median for young adults with a bachelor's degree (source).