Earnings and unemployment rates by educational attainment

Earnings and unemployment rates by educational attainment

Education attained

Unemployment rate in 2014 (Percent)

Median weekly earnings in 2014

Doctoral degree

2.1

$1,591

Professional degree

1.9

1,639

Master's degree

2.8

1,326

Bachelor's degree

3.5

1,101

Associate's degree

4.5

792

Some college, no degree

6.0

741

High school diploma

6.0

668

Less than a high school diploma

9.0

488

All workers

5.0

839

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: April 2, 2015