Table 7. Average annual percent growth in real hourly earnings from 1978 to 1998 by educational attainment, sex, race, Hispanic origin, and age


Table 7.  Average annual percent growth in real hourly earnings
from 1978 to 1998 by educational attainment, sex, race,
Hispanic origin, and age
                        
                                  Average annual percent growth
                                       in hourly earnings

           Characteristic                        

                                      Age       Age      Age
                                     18-24     25-29    30-34
                        
Total...............................  6.6       4.0      2.4
  Less than a high school diploma...  4.2       2.7      1.0
  High school graduates, no college.  5.6       2.8      1.5
  Less than a bachelor's degree.....  5.9       4.5      2.9
  Bachelor's degree or more.........  9.9       6.0      4.1
                                
Men.................................  6.9       4.2      2.4
  Less than a high school diploma...  3.7       2.3      0.9
  High school graduates, no college.  6.3       3.1      1.1
  Less than a bachelor's degree.....  7.1       5.0      2.9
  Bachelor's degree or more.........  9.5       6.8      4.8
                        
Women...............................  6.3       3.6      2.4
  Less than a high school diploma...  5.0       3.7      1.2
  High school graduates, no college.  4.7       2.4      2.0
  Less than a bachelor's degree.....  5.0       4.1      2.8
  Bachelor's degree or more......... 10.3       5.1      3.2
                        
White...............................  6.9       4.1      2.4
  Less than a high school diploma...  5.0       2.9      1.5
  High school graduates, no college.  5.6       2.9      1.3
  Less than a bachelor's degree.....  6.1       4.7      2.8
  Bachelor's degree or more......... 10.1       6.0      4.0
                        
Black...............................  5.1       3.6      2.3
  Less than a high school diploma...  2.4       2.3      0.1
  High school graduates, no college.  5.1       2.9      2.0
  Less than a bachelor's degree.....  5.0       3.9      2.4
  Bachelor's degree or more.........  7.9       6.4      5.2
                        
Hispanic origin.....................  5.8       3.0      2.6
  Less than a high school diploma...  3.0       2.6      0.7
  High school graduates, no college.  6.1       1.5      2.7
  Less than a bachelor's degree.....  6.1       4.1      3.3
  Bachelor's degree or more.........  9.6       5.8      3.8


  NOTE:  The first column excludes individuals who
turned age 18 before 1978.  The last column excludes
individuals who were not yet age 35 when interviewed
in 1998.
  The  CPI-UX1 (research index) was used to deflate
hourly earnings to 1998 dollars, prior to calculating the
growth rates.
  The  National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979
consists of men and women who were born in the years
1957-64 and were age 14 to 22 when first interviewed in
1979.  These individuals were age 33 to 41 in 1998.
Educational attainment is defined as of the 1998 survey.
Race and Hispanic-origin groups are mutually  exclusive.
Totals include  American Indians, Alaskan Natives, and
Asian and Pacific Islanders, not shown separately.