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Median weekly earnings $721 for workers without high school diploma, $1,864 for advanced degree

November 17, 2023

In the third quarter of 2023, full-time workers age 25 and over, across all levels of education, had median weekly earnings of $1,172. Those without a high school diploma had median weekly earnings of $721, compared with $905 for high school graduates with no college, and $1,012 for workers with some college or an associate degree. Workers with a bachelor's degree (and no additional degree) had median weekly earnings of $1,499. Workers with an advanced degree had median weekly earnings of $1,864 in the third quarter of 2023.

Median usual weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers age 25 years and over, by educational attainment, first quarter 2013 to third quarter 2023, not seasonally adjusted
Quarter Total, all education levels Less than a high school diploma High school graduates, no college Some college or associate degree Bachelor's degree only Advanced degree

Q1 2013

827 457 651 741 1,095 1,412

Q2 2013

828 477 647 751 1,101 1,387

Q3 2013

820 479 659 747 1,101 1,365

Q4 2013

835 468 648 752 1,131 1,394

Q1 2014

837 480 660 756 1,102 1,419

Q2 2014

831 492 666 757 1,098 1,377

Q3 2014

839 488 681 762 1,068 1,359

Q4 2014

847 491 664 771 1,131 1,401

Q1 2015

856 478 669 758 1,134 1,393

Q2 2015

852 499 678 757 1,130 1,377

Q3 2015

857 492 672 773 1,143 1,394

Q4 2015

872 502 690 757 1,143 1,445

Q1 2016

878 494 679 782 1,155 1,435

Q2 2016

880 499 690 767 1,155 1,425

Q3 2016

886 504 700 779 1,152 1,447

Q4 2016

896 519 698 790 1,161 1,476

Q1 2017

908 512 702 791 1,179 1,471

Q2 2017

909 515 718 799 1,189 1,451

Q3 2017

909 522 714 801 1,164 1,470

Q4 2017

902 531 714 800 1,170 1,487

Q1 2018

922 563 713 808 1,169 1,533

Q2 2018

928 554 726 825 1,187 1,512

Q3 2018

934 556 736 826 1,232 1,487

Q4 2018

946 543 746 853 1,205 1,544

Q1 2019

954 578 739 835 1,213 1,574

Q2 2019

960 588 751 848 1,236 1,561

Q3 2019

975 606 749 874 1,281 1,559

Q4 2019

984 596 747 870 1,259 1,571

Q1 2020

1,000 609 768 879 1,263 1,603

Q2 2020

1,046 630 788 904 1,303 1,619

Q3 2020

1,051 642 793 914 1,355 1,636

Q4 2020

1,029 608 781 917 1,283 1,627

Q1 2021

1,040 613 792 912 1,296 1,667

Q2 2021

1,048 620 793 915 1,314 1,641

Q3 2021

1,068 633 817 942 1,358 1,661

Q4 2021

1,069 651 831 931 1,351 1,663

Q1 2022

1,100 670 827 938 1,395 1,748

Q2 2022

1,107 689 838 961 1,441 1,743

Q3 2022

1,138 692 866 993 1,452 1,769

Q4 2022

1,139 675 875 983 1,435 1,761

Q1 2023

1,155 682 884 995 1,488 1,855

Q2 2023

1,157 713 889 1,010 1,467 1,787

Q3 2023

1,172 721 905 1,012 1,499 1,864

Note: Earnings are in U.S. dollars.

From the third quarter of 2013 to the third quarter of 2023, median weekly earnings for workers without a high school diploma increased by 51 percent, compared to a 43-percent increase for all workers age 25 and older.

Percent change in median usual weekly earnings by educational attainment, third quarter 2013 to third quarter 2023, not seasonally adjusted
Educational attainment Percent change

Total, all education levels, 25 years and over

43

Advanced degree

37

Bachelor's degree only

36

Some college or associate degree

35

High school graduates, no college

37

Less than a high school diploma

51

Over the decade, median weekly earnings increased 37 percent for high school graduates with no college, 35 percent for those with some college or an associate degree, 36 percent for those with only a bachelor’s degree, and 37 percent for workers with an advanced degree.

These data from the Current Population Survey and are not seasonally adjusted, nor are they adjusted for inflation. For more information, see “Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers: Third Quarter 2023.” Also see more charts of usual weekly earnings data. Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more per week at their sole or main job. The median is the midpoint in the earnings distribution; half of workers earn more than the median and half earn less than the median. Advanced degrees include master’s, doctoral, and professional degrees such as those in law or medicine.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Median weekly earnings $721 for workers without high school diploma, $1,864 for advanced degree at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2023/median-weekly-earnings-721-for-workers-without-high-school-diploma-1864-for-advanced-degree.htm (visited April 13, 2024).

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