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Associate Degrees in General Business/Commerce

17,132 Yearly Graduations
$27,500 Median Salary
$23,621 Median Debt
There are 531 schools in the United States where you can get your associate degree in general business. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 47% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 5.3% of general business graduates were international students.

Education Levels of General Business Majors

In 2019-2020, 17,132 earned their associate degree in general business. This earns it the #2 spot on the list of the most popular associate degree programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in general business at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 24,866
Associate Degree 17,132
Master’s Degree 8,782
Basic Certificate 2,528
Undergraduate Certificate 1,693
Graduate Certificate 481
Doctor’s Degree 267

Earnings of General Business Majors With Associate Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding an associate degree in general business is $27,500. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money. A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $24,050 and the high is $33,900.


Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding an associate degree in general business is $23,621. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit. The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $26,190 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $12,019.


The median monthly payment of a general business graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $245.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their associate degree in general business. About 56.9% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 7,392
Women 9,740

The racial-ethnic distribution of general business associate degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,009
Black or African American 2,697
Hispanic or Latino 3,537
White 7,714
International Students 905
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,270

There are 531 colleges that offer an associate degree in general business. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

General Business Concentrations

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
General Business & Commerce 17,132

Below are some popular majors that are similar to general business that offer associate degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Business Administration & Management 60,445
Accounting 11,615
Business Support & Assistance 3,542
Hospitality Management 2,636
Marketing 1,641


*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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