A professional American can earn an average amount of $82,000 in 2011. A person with a masters degree will earn about $70,000 this year. The lower the degrees, the lesser will be the salary. For a college degree holder, the salary can be around $50,000 a year. A high school graduate can make $20,000 a year. People who do not manage to finish their high school will make an average of $17,000 in 2011.