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Associate Degrees in Business Support & Assistant Services

3,542 Yearly Graduations
$23,100 Median Salary
$17,440 Median Debt
An associate degree in business support is offered at 714 colleges in the United States. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 46% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 0.9% of business support graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Business Support Majors

In 2019-2020, 3,542 associate degrees were awarded to business support majors. This makes it the 4th most popular associate degree program in the country.

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 9,552
Undergraduate Certificate 4,294
Associate Degree 3,542
Bachelor’s Degree 367

Earnings of Business Support Majors With Associate Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding an associate degree in business support is $23,100. 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 $20,150 and the high is $25,300.


Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding an associate degree in business support is $17,440. 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, $22,130 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $13,707.


Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $181.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their associate degree in business support. About 89.6% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 368
Women 3,174

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 155
Black or African American 604
Hispanic or Latino 701
White 1,837
International Students 32
Other Races/Ethnicities 213

There are 714 colleges that offer an associate degree in business support. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

Business Support Focus Areas

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
General Administrative Assistant 2,683
Business & Office Technology 299
Executive Assistant 270
Other Business Operations Support 187
General Office & Clerical Services 88

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

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Business Administration & Management 60,445
Business & Commerce 17,132
Accounting 11,615
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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