Earnings and educational attainment: second quarter of 2005

July 21, 2005

Median weekly earnings of the nation's 103.3 million full-time wage and salary workers were $643 in the second quarter of 2005.

Median weekly earnings, full-time wage and salary workers age 25 and over, by educational attainment, 2005 Q2, not seasonally adjusted
[Chart data—TXT]

Full-time workers age 25 and over without a high school diploma had median weekly earnings of $412, compared with $584 for high school graduates (no college) and $996 for college graduates holding at least a bachelor's degree.

Median weekly earnings of women with less than a high school diploma were $343. Women who had only a high school diploma had median weekly earnings of $491, while women who were college graduates (bachelor’s degrees or higher) earned $873.

Men without a high school diploma had median weekly earnings of $456; those with a high school diploma, but no college, earned $654. Men who had at least a bachelor’s degree had median weekly earnings of $1,150.

These data on weekly earnings are from the Current Population Survey. Find more information on earnings in "Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers: Second Quarter 2005" (PDF) (TXT), news release USDL 05-1297.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Earnings and educational attainment: second quarter of 2005 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2005/jul/wk3/art04.htm (visited April 18, 2014).

OF INTEREST

Spotlight on Statistics: Productivity

This edition of Spotlight on Statistics examines labor productivity trends from 2000 through 2010 for selected industries and sectors within the nonfarm business sector of the U.S. economy.  Read more »