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 20, 2019).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
- 25 years of Worker Injury, Illness, and Fatality Case Data
Examines detailed historical data on work-related injuries, illnesses, and fatal injuries.
- Occupational employment projections through the perspective of education and training
Examines employment, projected employment growth, and wages for occupations with different education and training requirements.
- Workers in Alternative Employment Arrangements
A look at independent contractors, on-call workers, temporary help agency workers, and workers provided by contract firms.
- Labor force characteristics of people with a disability
Examines the labor force characteristics of people with a disability and compares them with the characteristics of people with no disability.