Earnings of female college graduates up 4.7 percent in 1999

June 06, 2000

While earnings for women 25 years and older were up in all educational categories in 1999, the increase was greatest for women with a college degree.

Median usual weekly earnings of female full-time workers age 25 and over, 1998 and 1999
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Among women with less than a high school education, earnings grew from $283 to $290, or 2.5 percent. Earning rose from $396 to $405, or 2.3 percent for women with high school but no college. Earnings for women with some college or an associate degree advanced from $476 to $488 or 2.5 percent. Earnings for women with a college degree jumped from $707 to $740 or 4.7 percent.

These earnings data are a product of the Current Population Survey. For more information, see "Highlights of Women’s Earnings in 1999," BLS Report 943 and "Highlights of Women’s Earnings in 1998," BLS Report 928.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Earnings of female college graduates up 4.7 percent in 1999 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2000/jun/wk1/art02.htm (visited September 29, 2016).


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