Expectations vs. Reality: Early Career Salaries

Mike Brown

In his role at LendEDU, Mike uses data, usually from surveys and publicly-available resources, to identify emerging personal finance trends and tell unique stories. Mike’s work, featured in major outlets like The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, provides consumers with a personal finance measuring stick and can help them make informed finance decisions.

Articles by Mike Brown:

12
Feb
Expectations vs. Reality: Early Career Salaries

According to new data analyzed by LendEDU, college students expect to make $60,000 out of college, but $48,400 is the reality.

Posted in: Personal Finance, Study,
05
Feb
LendEDU’s Fourth Annual College Risk-Reward Indicator (CRRI) | 2019 Edition

For the fourth consecutive year, LendEDU has analyzed nearly 1,000 colleges and universities to tell you which institutions give you the most bang for your buck, otherwise known as the college risk-reward indicator.

Posted in: Student Loans, Study,
29
Jan
The Impact of Legal Sports Betting: 60% of Now-Legal Bettors Had Never Wagered Before

Just a little over six months ago, sports betting in the United States was legal in one place only, Nevada, and it had been like that since 1949.  A lot can happen in half of a year, though, and as it stands today, sports wagering is legal in one form or another in eight states […]

Posted in: Study,
22
Jan
Most Gen Xers Live Under a Cloud of Debt and Aren’t Sure How to Erase It

Many Gen Xers are in the prime of their careers and are making comfortable salaries. However, debt is still prevalent amongst this generation and, as a recent survey revealed, the options to escape are not always understood.

Posted in: Financial News,
22
Jan
Virtual Currency Complaints Continue to Grow in CFPB’s Complaint Database

Since 2016, consumer complaints regarding virtual currency have increased by nearly 17,000%. LendEDU has analyzed these complaints to see what has changed over the past few years.

Posted in: Study,
15
Jan
Study: Those ATMs You’ve Been Using Are Dirtier Than You Think

Just how dirty are the ATMs that we so often use? LendEDU took to New York City to test the cleanliness of ATMs throughout the Big Apple.

Posted in: Personal Finance, Study,
08
Jan
Report: Reviewing CFPB Complaints of U.S. Banks in 2018

For the third consecutive year, LendEDU has published our annual report featuring the most and least complained about banks. In 2018, we sifted through 244,114 complaints to see which banks received the most and least complaints.

Posted in: Banking, Study,
08
Jan
Report: 2018’s CFPB Student Loan Complaints

Throughout 2018, consumers submitted nearly 10,000 student loan-related complaints to the CFPB. LendEDU analyzed these complaints to uncover which companies received the most and least complaints.

Posted in: Study,
11
Dec
The Cost of Christmas in 2018

It's almost the most wonderful time of the year.Almost...It's never too early to start thinking about Christmas. We've already been seeing the commercials and hearing the music for a month now anyway. Christmas has always been about showing gratitude and love and embracing the spirit of giving. And at the center of it all is the […]

Posted in: Personal Finance,
04
Dec
These Colleges Are Giving International Students the Most (and Least) Financial Aid

Note: This study was originally published on July 13, 2016 but has been updated to reflect the most recent data. ​The United States has some of the best colleges and universities in the world. For this reason, many international students apply to these schools each year. In fact, there were nearly 1.1 million international students enroll

Posted in: Student Loans,