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Women’s earnings rise with education—earnings ratio falls, then rises

May 25, 1999

In 1998, the median weekly earnings of women aged 25 years and older without high school diplomas were $283, or 40 percent of the earnings of female college graduates ($707). Women with a high school degree, but no college, earned $396. Women with some college or an associate degree earned $476.

Median usual weekly earnings of female full-time workers age 25 and over by education, 1998
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Among those 25 years and older, the ratio of women’s earnings to men’s was 73.7 percent for high school dropouts. The earnings ratio dropped to 70.9 percent among high school graduates, then rose to 74.0 percent for women with some college or an associate degree. Female college graduates had a female-to-male earnings ratio of 75.3 percent.

These earnings data are a product of the Current Population Survey. For more information, see "Highlights of Women’s Earnings," BLS Report 928.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Women’s earnings rise with education—earnings ratio falls, then rises at (visited July 15, 2024).

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