Differences in women’s earnings by educational level

May 12, 2005

Female college graduates earned about 76 percent more than women with only a high school diploma in 2004.

Women's usual weekly earnings, full-time wage and salary workers 25 years and over by educational attainment, 2004 annual averages
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This difference in earnings by education has increased sharply since 1979, when female college graduates earned 43 percent more than female high school graduates.

Women workers without a high school diploma who worked full-time in 2004 had median usual weekly earnings of $334. Those with a high school diploma and no college earned $488; those with some college but no degree earned $553 and those with an associate degree earned $608.

Full-time women workers who held a bachelor's degree in 2004 had median usual weekly earnings of $792. Master's degree holders had earnings of $957, while the figure for professional degree holders was $1,055 and for doctoral degree holders was $1,188.

These data on earnings are from the Current Population Survey. Earnings data in this article are median usual weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers age 25 and over. For more information see "Women in the Labor Force: A Databook," BLS Report 985.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Differences in women’s earnings by educational level on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2005/may/wk2/art04.htm (visited September 25, 2016).


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