Unemployment rates and earnings by educational attainment

Unemployment rates and earnings by educational attainment, 2017

Educational attainment

Unemployment rate (%)

Median usual weekly earnings ($)

Doctoral degree

1.5

1,743

Professional degree

1.5

1,836

Master's degree

2.2

1,401

Bachelor's degree

2.5

1,173

Associate's degree

3.4

836

Some college, no degree

4.0

774

High school diploma

4.6

712

Less than a high school diploma

6.5

520

Total

3.6

907

Note: Data are for persons age 25 and over. Earnings are for full-time wage and salary workers.

Source: Current Population Survey, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

These education categories reflect only the highest level of educational attainment. They do not take into account completion of training programs in the form of apprenticeships and other on-the-job training, which may also influence earnings and unemployment rates. For more information on training, see: https://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_education_training_system.htm.

BLS has some data on the employment status of the civilian noninstitutional population 25 years and over by educational attainment, sex, race, and Hispanic origin online.

The Census Bureau also has some data on educational attainment online.

 

Last Modified Date: March 27, 2018