Table 5. Average annual percent growth in inflation-adjusted hourly earnings from 1978-2010 by educational attainment, sex, race, Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, and age

Table 5.  Average annual percent growth in inflation-adjusted hourly earnings from 1978-2010
by educational attainment, sex, race, Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, and age

                                            Average annual percent growth in hourly earnings

         Characteristic                        Ages 18  Ages 25  Ages 30  Ages 35  Ages 40
                                                to 24    to 29    to 34    to 39    to 46

Total .....................................      6.3      4.1      3.2      3.1      0.9
  Less than a high school diploma  ........      3.2      2.5      1.6      3.1       .2
  High school graduates, no college (1)....      4.9      2.5      2.7      2.8       .7
  Less than a bachelor's degree ...........      6.3      4.7      2.8      2.7       .7
  Bachelor's degree or more (2)............      9.2      6.3      4.8      3.8      1.6
 
Men .......................................      6.9      4.5      3.5      3.1       .9
  Less than a high school diploma  ........      3.8      2.1      1.6      3.2       .3
  High school graduates, no college (1)....      5.9      3.0      2.5      2.6       .7
  Less than a bachelor's degree ...........      7.3      5.5      3.5      2.4       .6
  Bachelor's degree or more (2)............      9.5      7.2      5.8      4.2      1.7

Women .....................................      5.6      3.6      2.9      3.1       .9
  Less than a high school diploma .........      2.2      3.3      1.6      2.8       .0
  High school graduates, no college (1)....      3.7      1.9      3.0      3.0       .7
  Less than a bachelor's degree ...........      5.4      4.1      2.1      2.9       .9
  Bachelor's degree or more (2)............      8.9      5.3      3.8      3.4      1.4

White non-Hispanic ........................      6.7      4.2      3.2      3.1      1.0
  Less than a high school diploma .........      3.8      2.4      1.5      2.9       .3
  High school graduates, no college (1)....      5.2      2.4      2.6      2.9       .9
  Less than a bachelor's degree ...........      6.3      5.0      2.7      2.6       .6
  Bachelor's degree or more (2)............      9.4      6.4      4.9      3.9      1.5

Black non-Hispanic ........................      4.4      3.8      3.1      2.8       .4
  Less than a high school diploma .........      1.9      2.9      1.3      4.0      -.9
  High school graduates, no college (1)....      3.1      3.2      3.4      2.2      -.3
  Less than a bachelor's degree ...........      5.7      3.8      2.7      3.2      1.3
  Bachelor's degree or more (2)............      7.4      5.9      4.6      2.7      1.6

Hispanic or Latino.........................      5.7      3.5      3.2      2.9      1.5
  Less than a high school diploma .........      2.8      1.8      2.5      2.5      1.2
  High school graduates, no college (1)....      5.5      3.0      3.3      3.2       .5
  Less than a bachelor's degree ...........      7.2      3.9      3.2      2.4      1.6
  Bachelor's degree or more (2)............      9.0      6.3      3.8      4.0      3.8

   1 Includes persons with a high school diploma or equivalent.
   2 Includes persons with a bachelor's, master's, professional, or doctoral degrees.
   NOTE: The first column excludes individuals who turned age 18 before 1978.  The last
column excludes individuals who were not yet age 47 when interviewed in 2010-11.
Growth rates were calculated on hourly earnings adjusted for price-level changes
using the CPI-U-RS.
The National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 consists of men and women who were
born in the years 1957-64 and were ages 14 to 22 when first interviewed in 1979. These
individuals were ages 45 to 53 in the 2010-11 survey. Educational attainment is defined
as of the 2010-11 survey. Race and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity groups are mutually
exclusive but not exhaustive. Other race groups, which are included in the overall
totals, are not shown separately because their representation in the survey sample is
not sufficiently large to provide statistically reliable estimates.



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