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Bachelor’s Degrees in General Business/Commerce

24,866 Yearly Graduations
$39,500 Median Salary
$26,000 Median Debt
There are 420 schools in the United States where you can get your bachelor's degree in general business. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were men, and 34% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 6.6% of general business graduates were international students.

Education Levels of General Business Majors

In 2019-2020, 24,866 earned their bachelor's degree in general business. This makes it the 6th most popular bachelor's degree program in the country.

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 Bachelor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in general business is $39,500. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses. A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $36,700 and the high is $46,050.


Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a bachelor's degree in general business is $26,000. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary. The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $30,147 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $21,500.


The median monthly payment of a general business graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $270.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue bachelor's degrees in general business. About 52.5% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 13,057
Women 11,809

The racial-ethnic distribution of general business bachelor’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,309
Black or African American 3,329
Hispanic or Latino 2,794
White 14,091
International Students 1,634
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,709

There are 420 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in general business. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

General Business Focus Areas

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
General Business & Commerce 24,866

Below are some popular majors that are similar to general business that offer bachelor’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Business Administration & Management 169,868
Accounting 52,477
Finance & Financial Management 48,043
Marketing 45,007
Human Resource Management 11,331


*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.

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