Postsecondary Education Earnings Gap

Higher educated workers make more money. Workers who attended some college or earned an Associate's degree earned 26 percent more than high school graduates. In 2008, the median of the earnings of young adults with a bachelor's degree was $46,000, while the median was $36,000 for those with an associate's degree, $30,000 for those with a high school diploma or its equivalent, and $23,500 for those who did not earn a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. 2010.


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