Earnings and educational attainment: second quarter of 2005
July 21, 2005
Median weekly earnings of the nation's 103.3 million full-time wage and salary workers were $643 in the second quarter of 2005.
Full-time workers age 25 and over without a high school diploma had median weekly earnings of $412, compared with $584 for high school graduates (no college) and $996 for college graduates holding at least a bachelor's degree.
Median weekly earnings of women with less than a high school diploma were $343. Women who had only a high school diploma had median weekly earnings of $491, while women who were college graduates (bachelor’s degrees or higher) earned $873.
Men without a high school diploma had median weekly earnings of $456; those with a high school diploma, but no college, earned $654. Men who had at least a bachelor’s degree had median weekly earnings of $1,150.
These data on weekly earnings are from the Current Population Survey. Find more information on earnings in "Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers: Second Quarter 2005" (PDF) (TXT), news release USDL 05-1297.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Earnings and educational attainment: second quarter of 2005 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2005/jul/wk3/art04.htm (visited January 21, 2019).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
- 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.
- A Look at Contingent Workers
Examines people who do not expect their jobs to last or who report that their jobs are temporary.
- Race, Economics, and Social Status
Examines Consumer Expenditure Survey data to explore social and economic factors by race and ethnicity.