Bureau of Labor Statistics

Foreign born and earnings in 2005

April 26, 2006

As with the native born, the earnings of foreign-born workers increase with education.

Median usual weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers 25 years and over, foreign born and native born, by educational attainment, 2005
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In 2005, the median usual weekly earnings of foreign-born full-time wage and salary workers age 25 and over were $543, compared with $724 for the native born.

The foreign born with less than a high school education earned $385 per week in 2005, while those with bachelor’s degrees and higher earned 2-1/2 times as much—$960 a week.

These data are from the Current Population Survey. Find more information in "Foreign-born Workers: Labor Force Characteristics in 2005" (PDF) (TXT), news release USDL 06-640.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Foreign born and earnings in 2005 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2006/apr/wk4/art03.htm (visited January 17, 2022).

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