College grads have biggest wage increase in 1999
April 21, 2000
Median weekly earnings increased for workers at all four major educational levels in 1999. However, median weekly earnings for those with a college degree increased the most, rising by 4.8 percent over the year, to $860.
Earnings for persons with some college experience or an associate’s degree increased by 3.9 percent, to $580, while earnings for those with a high school diploma rose by 2.3 percent, to $490. Earnings for workers with less than a high school diploma were up 2.7 percent in 1999, to $346.
These data are from the Current Population Survey. To find out more, see "The job market remains strong in 1999," by Jennifer Martel and Laura A. Kelter, Monthly Labor Review, February 2000. Earnings data here are for full-time wage and salary workers.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, College grads have biggest wage increase in 1999 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2000/apr/wk3/art05.htm (visited August 07, 2020).
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