One more thing. My wife has a great job but is limited in growth due to only having a bachelors. She could probably be at $20,000+ per year more that what she makes now with a job if she had a masters. These are the careers of educated people I know very well. Counselor - $50k Regional Bank Manager - ~$100k College Professor - $70k+ Lawyer - $120k Physcologist - $75k+ Research - $48k This doesn't even include bonuses, free family health care plans, retirement plans, 4-5 weeks paid vacation, etc... With all that you could easily up all their salaries by $20-30k The one without education? $30k laborer, but he's married to the lawyer.