Choosing a career is one of the most important decisions you make as an adult. But it’s not the only one. Once you’ve jumped on the adulting train, you’ll have to make countless choices. And many of them will involve money.

In order to do what’s best for you, you need to know about your options, including what different career opportunities pay and what basic necessities actually cost. The infographic below — created by PathSource, a career exploration solution — will ease your transition into adulthood by breaking down major milestones and the money that comes or goes along the way. Some highlights include:

  • Young adults with at least a bachelor’s degree make an average of $45,500, but the average salary for young adults with only a high school diploma is $28,000.
  • While the average monthly rent for young adults in New York City is $1,793, it’s just $956 in Houston.
  • 83% of young adults own their own car and spend an average of $329 a month to drive and maintain it.
  • 29% of young adults own a home and spend an average of $1,739 a month on their mortgage payment.

Check out the full infographic to find out what it really takes to make it as an adult!

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Waldorf, Md.-based Heather R. Huhman is a career expert, experienced hiring manager and president of Come Recommended, the PR solution for job search and HR tech companies. She writes about issues impacting the modern workplace.

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