Differences in women’s earnings by educational level, 2005

November 29, 2006

Female college graduates age 25 and over earned about 79 percent more than women with only a high school diploma in 2005.

Women's usual weekly earnings, full-time wage and salary workers 25 years and over by educational attainment, 2005 annual averages
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This difference in earnings by education has increased sharply since 1979, when female college graduates earned 43 percent more than female high school graduates.

Women workers without a high school diploma who worked full-time in 2005 had median usual weekly earnings of $341. Those with a high school diploma and no college earned $493; those with some college but no degree earned $570 and those with an associate degree earned $614.

Full-time women workers who held a bachelor's degree in 2005 had median usual weekly earnings of $813. Master's degree holders had earnings of $983, while the figure for professional degree holders was $1,131 and for doctoral degree holders was $1,214.

These data on earnings are from the Current Population Survey. Earnings data in this article are median usual weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers age 25 and over. For more information see BLS Report 996, Women in the Labor Force: A Databook (2006 Edition).


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Differences in women’s earnings by educational level, 2005 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2006/nov/wk4/art03.htm (visited September 27, 2016).


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