Earnings and unemployment rates by educational attainment

Earnings and unemployment rates by educational attainment

Education attained

Unemployment rate in 2013 (Percent)

Median weekly earnings

Doctoral degree

2.2

$1,623

Professional degree

2.3

1,714

Master's degree

3.4

1,329

Bachelor's degree

4.0

1,108

Associate's degree

5.4

777

Some college, no degree

7.0

727

High school diploma

7.5

651

Less than a high school diploma

11.0

472

Note: Data are for persons age 25 and over. Earnings are for full-time wage and salary workers.

Source: Current Population Survey, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

These education categories reflect only the highest level of education attained. They do not take into account completion of training programs in the form of apprenticeships and other on-the-job training, which may also influence earnings and unemployment rates. For more information on training, see: http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_table_education_summary.htm and http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_table_education_by_train.htm.

BLS has some data on the employment status of the civilian noninstitutional population 25 years and over by educational attainment, sex, race, and Hispanic origin online.

The Census Bureau also has some data on educational attainment online.

 

Last Modified Date: March 24, 2014