Degree? Unless it's in investment banking...
Companies hire for skill set. If you can get past HR, impress an employer that you have the required experience, and demonstrate that you do, you're hired. It has little to do with a degree.
A degree will hopefully prepare you for what you'll do in the world and serves as the "in" for your early interviews when you lack real experience. After you acquire real experience, your degree is only so much dead tree to most companies.
To be fair, I'll offer the stats:
Job Title: DBA
Hours worked (per week): 35
Days worked (schedule): 5
Shift times (schedule): 8:15-16:15
Vacation days: 15
Sick days: 12
Personal days: 3
Location: outside NYC
General living expenses in area: apartments start at $1800/mo, which is less than my property tax
Education: BS in Liberal Arts, Computer Science minor
Years of experience in field: 18
It should be noted, salary is a function of time. I started at the same place over 15 years ago, asked for $36k, got $34k, we were all happy. Also, took a lower paying job that had full health coverage, good package overall, and every bank holiday in the state.
Prior to this, I worked as a consultant. So my degree didn't really say computer guy, but my work experience did. Consulting is a excellent first job, btw. You get to learn a ton of stuff, often on the client's dime.
When asking for salary, the interviewer should look mildly worried. If they look relieved or incredulous, you probably guessed wrong.