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Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey
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54. Median weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers by certification and licensing status and selected characteristics, 2015 annual averages
Characteristic Full-time
wage and
salary
workers (in
thousands)
Median weekly earnings
Total With a certification or license(1) Without a
certification
or license
Total With a
certification,
but no license
With a
license(2)

Age and sex

Total, 16 years and over

109,080 $809 $1,004 $1,052 $998 $747

16 to 24 years

9,790 487 549 590 539 480

25 to 54 years

77,105 845 1,002 1,064 995 780

25 to 34 years

26,611 735 881 912 877 690

35 to 44 years

24,917 900 1,069 1,172 1,055 831

45 to 54 years

25,577 923 1,111 1,162 1,100 862

55 years and over

22,186 916 1,155 1,201 1,150 836

55 to 64 years

18,108 927 1,161 1,224 1,155 847

65 years and over

4,078 873 1,134 1,127 1,135 785

Men, 16 years and over

60,746 895 1,122 1,176 1,108 829

16 to 24 years

5,476 510 603 656 596 503

25 to 54 years

43,192 921 1,111 1,182 1,093 866

55 years and over

12,078 1,054 1,269 1,336 1,258 985

Women, 16 years and over

48,334 726 923 886 926 659

16 to 24 years

4,314 450 500 488 501 436

25 to 54 years

33,912 757 928 902 931 693

55 years and over

10,108 774 1,035 999 1,040 704

Race and Hispanic
or Latino ethnicity

White, 16 years and over

85,443 835 1,026 1,071 1,020 765

Men

48,746 920 1,143 1,199 1,136 855

Women

36,698 743 943 910 945 669

Black or African American, 16 years and over

13,587 641 768 744 771 614

Men

6,445 680 830 826 830 643

Women

7,142 615 724 652 734 589

Asian, 16 years and over

6,638 993 1,238 1,400 1,185 926

Men

3,684 1,129 1,375 1,497 1,350 1,077

Women

2,954 877 1,136 1,336 1,125 774

Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, 16 years and over

18,311 604 822 823 822 580

Men

11,142 631 898 913 890 605

Women

7,168 566 751 655 765 528

Educational attainment

Total, 25 years and over

99,291 860 1,030 1,096 1,022 793

Less than a high school diploma

7,289 493 596 627 593 488

High school graduates, no college(3)

25,221 678 772 851 761 662

Some college or associate degree

26,801 762 825 836 823 742

Some college, no degree

15,894 738 787 804 783 725

Associate degree

10,908 798 855 880 853 770

Bachelor's degree and higher

39,979 1,230 1,256 1,459 1,236 1,205

Bachelor's degree only

25,043 1,137 1,142 1,369 1,121 1,135

Advanced degree(4)

14,937 1,403 1,387 1,573 1,369 1,422

Men, 25 years and over

55,270 947 1,145 1,223 1,136 890

Less than a high school diploma

5,035 520 702 793 687 513

High school graduates, no college(3)

15,316 759 882 915 872 735

Some college or associate degree

14,109 883 957 990 949 857

Some college, no degree

8,741 850 923 926 923 823

Associate degree

5,368 931 996 1,076 983 907

Bachelor's degree and higher

20,811 1,420 1,490 1,628 1,460 1,391

Bachelor's degree only

13,295 1,304 1,342 1,544 1,285 1,288

Advanced degree(4)

7,516 1,637 1,631 1,827 1,609 1,642

Women, 25 years and over

44,020 761 947 917 949 696

Less than a high school diploma

2,255 418 439 427 417

High school graduates, no college(3)

9,905 586 595 634 591 585

Some college or associate degree

12,692 664 715 689 720 647

Some college, no degree

7,153 637 653 666 651 632

Associate degree

5,539 703 766 706 773 668

Bachelor's degree and higher

19,169 1,064 1,138 1,233 1,133 1,003

Bachelor's degree only

11,748 975 1,016 1,158 1,005 954

Advanced degree(4)

7,420 1,204 1,239 1,338 1,235 1,151

Footnotes:
(1) A person may have more than one certification or license.
(2) Persons with a license may also have a certification.
(3) Includes persons with a high school diploma or equivalent.
(4) Includes persons with master's, professional, and doctoral degrees.

NOTE: Certifications are issued by a non-governmental certification body and convey that an individual has the knowledge or skill to perform a specific job. A license is awarded by a government agency and conveys a legal authority to work in an occupation. Data are for wage and salary workers; all self-employed workers are excluded, both those with incorporated businesses and those with unincorporated businesses. Estimates for the above race groups (White, Black or African American, and Asian) do not sum to totals because data are not presented for all races. Persons whose ethnicity is identified as Hispanic or Latino may be of any race. Dash indicates no data or data that do not meet publication criteria (values not shown where base is less than 50,000).

 

(Certification and licensing status tables 1-7 were renumbered as annual average tables 49-55 in February 2018.)

Last Modified Date: February 7, 2018