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Table 439. Median annual earnings of full-time year-round workers 25 to 34 years old, by sex, race/ethnicity, and educational attainment: Selected years, 1995 through 2011
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Sex, race/ethnicity, and
educational attainment
Median earnings (in constant 2011 dollars1) Percent of labor force working full time, year round, 20112
1995 2000 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
All persons, all education levels $36,900 (205) $39,190 (125) $37,990 (1,038) $38,140 (1,021) $37,970 (#) $37,600 (802) $39,800 (1,036) $38,560 (798) $37,950 (94) 63.3 (0.41)
Less than high school completion 23,400 (372) 23,640 (513) 23,660 (738) 22,320 (762) 23,780 (672) 22,330 (730) 21,850 (757) 21,660 (811) 22,860 (825) 48.1 (1.43)
High school completion3 30,680 (293) 32,650 (229) 32,130 (1,079) 32,290 (1,098) 31,420 (680) 31,310 (5) 31,370 (16) 30,850 (31) 29,950 (24) 59.1 (0.78)
Some college, no degree 34,310 (639) 37,680 (490) 36,140 (738) 35,020 (905) 35,660 (836) 33,390 (452) 34,780 (1,201) 33,940 (890) 31,990 (500) 59.0 (0.99)
Associate's degree 36,630 (601) 39,180 (370) 39,120 (992) 37,720 (1,223) 37,750 (149) 37,540 (760) 37,640 (1,010) 38,150 (1,063) 37,030 (1,449) 65.4 (1.17)
Bachelor's or higher degree 48,670 (831) 52,240 (270) 50,530 (1,023) 50,050 (143) 51,910 (1,394) 52,180 (15) 52,250 (34) 50,270 (1,036) 50,000 (341) 71.4 (0.62)
Bachelor's degree 45,700 (372) 52,130 (386) 46,990 (1,269) 48,520 (1,159) 48,630 (859) 48,060 (905) 47,170 (284) 46,420 (641) 44,970 (628) 71.1 (0.72)
Master's or higher degree 58,520 (1,076) 62,590 (1,933) 57,520 (52) 55,790 (2,444) 60,390 (2,132) 57,400 (718) 62,090 (2,120) 56,380 (1,022) 59,230 (1,502) 72.2 (1.25)
                                         
Male, all education levels 39,760 (271) 41,790 (200) 40,310 (#) 39,050 (682) 41,160 (95) 41,780 (1) 41,940 (#) 41,140 (30) 39,920 (32) 67.4 (0.57)
Less than high school completion 26,210 (692) 26,020 (325) 25,240 (1,002) 24,470 (440) 24,940 (544) 25,050 (817) 23,760 (1,021) 24,760 (799) 24,960 (1,059) 55.5 (1.74)
High school completion3 35,340 (580) 37,640 (618) 34,420 (47) 33,460 (437) 33,450 (1,013) 33,390 (691) 34,480 (1,183) 33,830 (863) 32,450 (827) 63.8 (1.00)
Some college, no degree 38,300 (528) 41,540 (350) 40,210 (303) 38,760 (182) 39,790 (1,488) 37,840 (1,379) 40,550 (933) 39,070 (949) 36,690 (1,194) 64.2 (1.33)
Associate's degree 38,070 (978) 45,690 (714) 44,780 (1,786) 42,010 (1,795) 43,100 (360) 42,070 (1,661) 43,710 (1,613) 41,170 (444) 41,850 (1,731) 71.6 (1.61)
Bachelor's or higher degree 54,880 (851) 59,980 (541) 57,560 (1,837) 55,440 (184) 55,950 (1,063) 57,300 (400) 57,070 (576) 54,420 (1,835) 54,370 (1,035) 75.3 (0.84)
Bachelor's degree 51,630 (683) 58,480 (783) 51,790 (1,238) 55,010 (1,702) 54,120 (50) 55,270 (1,696) 52,920 (1,346) 51,350 (157) 49,760 (121) 74.7 (0.98)
Master's or higher degree 65,340 (2,094) 71,700 (1,941) 63,340 (3,842) 64,610 (3,190) 66,930 (3,262) 67,200 (1,837) 72,600 (3,043) 66,190 (1,445) 67,990 (2,350) 77.3 (1.63)
                                         
Female, all education levels 32,190 (265) 36,200 (311) 34,510 (33) 34,590 (431) 35,740 (420) 35,500 (497) 36,610 (218) 35,990 (35) 34,950 (20) 58.6 (0.52)
Less than high school completion 19,100 (745) 19,560 (547) 19,350 (736) 19,890 (479) 19,330 (875) 17,260 (731) 19,880 (607) 18,340 (680) 18,930 (470) 34.1 (2.03)
High school completion3 25,990 (439) 28,620 (313) 27,530 (188) 26,260 (681) 26,070 (1,048) 26,030 (125) 26,150 (26) 25,760 (65) 25,910 (733) 51.6 (1.19)
Some college, no degree 29,510 (426) 32,620 (319) 32,160 (457) 31,190 (584) 32,450 (779) 30,240 (912) 30,610 (1,026) 30,440 (1,047) 28,940 (1,094) 53.3 (1.33)
Associate's degree 35,340 (1,317) 34,800 (468) 33,770 (411) 33,430 (821) 33,620 (1,127) 33,950 (1,028) 32,390 (1,264) 35,760 (881) 32,080 (1,335) 59.5 (1.75)
Bachelor's or higher degree 43,940 (621) 47,030 (326) 45,800 (121) 45,650 (1,010) 46,550 (1,038) 46,950 (27) 47,130 (25) 45,380 (1,212) 44,900 (57) 68.0 (0.84)
Bachelor's degree 41,180 (892) 45,580 (364) 43,200 (1,054) 44,480 (472) 43,230 (101) 43,500 (568) 42,040 (1,219) 41,250 (1,166) 40,950 (1,333) 67.8 (1.06)
Master's or higher degree 50,990 (1,408) 54,310 (1,094) 54,070 (2,118) 53,390 (2,120) 54,440 (1,638) 53,070 (1,522) 56,620 (2,215) 51,400 (92) 51,460 (1,553) 68.6 (1.76)
                                         
White, all education levels 38,360 (232) 42,740 (367) 40,310 (89) 41,280 (870) 43,360 (1,290) 41,790 (1) 41,940 (#) 41,220 (23) 39,990 (145) 65.6 (0.54)
Less than high school completion 25,940 (1,035) 27,160 (538) 26,430 (1,508) 27,880 (469) 25,980 (1,560) 26,740 (1,348) 25,850 (1,029) 25,780 (409) 27,720 (1,182) 41.2 (2.70)
High school completion3 32,440 (365) 36,070 (483) 34,460 (41) 33,430 (20) 32,530 (20) 32,550 (711) 33,480 (745) 32,960 (882) 31,950 (619) 60.8 (1.15)
Some college, no degree 35,420 (668) 39,070 (335) 36,720 (390) 37,010 (950) 37,880 (815) 34,500 (1,188) 36,690 (202) 35,920 (782) 34,710 (1,101) 60.7 (1.25)
Associate's degree 38,260 (744) 41,400 (404) 39,910 (430) 38,600 (591) 39,890 (1,433) 40,790 (1,049) 41,780 (1,540) 40,920 (775) 39,530 (1,333) 65.7 (1.29)
Bachelor's or higher degree 50,120 (881) 52,250 (299) 51,400 (868) 50,040 (490) 52,020 (1,030) 52,170 (22) 52,260 (38) 51,100 (819) 49,640 (89) 72.4 (0.76)
Bachelor's degree 47,220 (458) 52,160 (344) 47,200 (1,032) 49,390 (960) 48,710 (65) 49,000 (1,166) 47,180 (829) 47,360 (1,167) 46,940 (1,162) 72.2 (0.84)
Master's or higher degree 58,670 (1,022) 62,490 (2,147) 57,520 (58) 55,600 (630) 59,290 (905) 57,260 (342) 60,370 (1,780) 56,040 (885) 58,740 (1,608) 72.8 (1.44)
                                         
Black, all education levels 30,930 (532) 32,650 (344) 32,900 (1,166) 33,420 (1,351) 32,470 (42) 31,340 (1,360) 31,440 (127) 32,590 (739) 31,890 (727) 55.7 (1.33)
Less than high school completion 20,390 (1,605) 21,640 (1,013) 23,480 (1,364) 19,900 (1,324) 20,370 (1,983) 18,870 (1,408) 23,280 (3,675) 20,910 (1,905) 19,450 (733) 30.3 (3.80)
High school completion3 26,500 (851) 28,550 (472) 26,440 (1,162) 27,860 (797) 28,030 (1,422) 27,100 (1,268) 26,170 (909) 25,780 (754) 25,290 (1,048) 50.8 (2.16)
Some college, no degree 32,430 (1,255) 33,880 (678) 33,440 (1,613) 30,980 (1,147) 32,410 (163) 31,000 (461) 30,420 (1,619) 30,200 (400) 29,330 (579) 50.8 (2.40)
Associate's degree 32,350 (1,336) 32,520 (931) 32,050 (1,451) 32,190 (2,537) 31,960 (789) 32,080 (2,210) 29,070 (2,001) 32,410 (2,230) 33,650 (2,354) 69.0 (3.32)
Bachelor's or higher degree 40,420 (1,381) 45,150 (1,221) 44,620 (1,670) 44,170 (799) 43,170 (1,190) 46,280 (893) 46,730 (898) 42,320 (1,476) 41,520 (1,795) 69.1 (2.13)
Bachelor's degree 38,330 (1,256) 42,780 (1,870) 40,630 (2,476) 41,040 (2,670) 42,310 (1,239) 41,780 (937) 41,940 (1,629) 40,730 (508) 39,150 (984) 68.5 (2.41)
Master's or higher degree 48,880 (1,842) 52,750 (2,426) 49,600 (3,497) 52,780 (4,950) 48,760 (2,535) 54,800 (4,052) 55,670 (2,812) 50,660 (6,143) 50,000 (1,036) 70.6 (4.32)
                                         
Hispanic, all education levels 27,660 (645) 29,250 (437) 28,780 (9) 28,850 (228) 29,280 (730) 30,250 (1,111) 30,230 (1,329) 30,900 (610) 29,950 (21) 61.4 (0.89)
Less than high school completion 21,950 (595) 22,200 (458) 22,900 (71) 22,320 (#) 22,330 (778) 20,880 (548) 20,850 (79) 20,550 (267) 21,670 (939) 54.9 (1.69)
High school completion3 27,800 (1,154) 29,990 (779) 27,570 (1,003) 28,690 (907) 28,000 (899) 27,990 (1,530) 26,980 (834) 28,720 (932) 27,940 (1,286) 61.5 (1.49)
Some college, no degree 28,810 (1,315) 34,550 (920) 36,100 (1,641) 32,790 (619) 33,530 (1,041) 31,360 (1,773) 33,830 (963) 32,720 (1,418) 29,980 (780) 63.0 (2.09)
Associate's degree 35,070 (2,108) 38,680 (1,659) 39,060 (1,872) 35,210 (1,775) 32,520 (1,410) 33,300 (1,876) 32,220 (1,530) 34,960 (1,351) 34,690 (1,447) 65.3 (3.06)
Bachelor's or higher degree 43,980 (1,712) 47,470 (1,681) 46,910 (2,157) 46,700 (1,400) 46,980 (1,714) 46,640 (1,717) 47,790 (1,575) 45,490 (2,037) 41,190 (1,754) 68.3 (1.84)
Bachelor's degree 41,420 (1,972) 45,730 (1,253) 45,450 (799) 44,470 (1,844) 43,400 (2,262) 43,390 (2,211) 46,500 (1,020) 43,030 (3,110) 39,610 (297) 68.6 (2.13)
Master's or higher degree (†) 49,850 (3,056) 57,930 (4,056) 52,740 (3,135) 62,810 (2,915) 54,260 (3,441) 55,490 (4,159) 50,370 (3,689) 50,890 (2,497) 67.1 (3.97)
                                         
Asian4, all education levels 37,330 (1,039) 46,840 (794) 45,900 (1,868) 49,950 (1,292) 48,530 (1,984) 51,780 (729) 51,580 (774) 47,170 (2,642) 49,220 (2,625) 65.1 (1.73)
Less than high school completion (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) 56.2 (6.80)
High school completion3 29,300 (2,144) 32,650 (1,182) 30,980 (1,626) 30,540 (2,833) 30,250 (2,770) 29,210 (2,580) 27,130 (2,121) 30,120 (1,776) 24,940 (1,286) 53.7 (4.47)
Some college, no degree 27,340 (2,571) 37,570 (1,945) 34,170 (2,398) 35,270 (2,715) 37,770 (2,611) 34,400 (4,467) 39,820 (3,442) 35,840 (1,472) 30,890 (1,798) 58.3 (4.37)
Associate's degree 29,520 (1,810) 38,540 (1,925) 39,190 (4,861) 39,760 (5,041) 38,110 (4,939) 33,010 (2,628) 38,040 (4,010) (†) 34,580 (6,515) 55.1 (5.88)
Bachelor's or higher degree 48,560 (2,092) 64,420 (1,332) 57,580 (1,048) 60,310 (3,015) 59,620 (4,940) 62,220 (880) 62,150 (1,470) 61,740 (1,114) 61,100 (2,364) 70.4 (2.08)
Bachelor's degree 44,510 (939) 58,580 (2,360) 57,570 (3,743) 55,220 (889) 53,480 (1,857) 57,080 (2,185) 52,220 (1,177) 55,710 (4,091) 51,290 (3,315) 69.6 (2.59)
Master's or higher degree 56,020 (5,362) 74,720 (5,733) 62,680 (4,597) 66,760 (1,994) 70,260 (2,360) 72,360 (2,937) 73,390 (3,154) 70,450 (5,060) 73,220 (4,464) 71.8 (3.20)
                                         
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander5 [4] (†) [4] (†) (†) 32,470 (2,990) 37,290 (3,511) (†) (†) (†) 34,240 (2,570) 56.9 (5.50)
American Indian/Alaska Native5 34,270 (2,930) 32,640 (1,430) 33,980 (1,962) 28,960 (2,726) 33,290 (1,893) 30,090 (2,398) 31,460 (4,134) 32,480 (3,263) 30,220 (1,675) 52.2 (4.58)
Two or more races5 (†) (†) 39,160 (1,642) 38,250 (1,337) 35,170 (3,341) 35,030 (2,942) 35,230 (2,823) 35,890 (1,436) 37,860 (1,646) 58.1 (2.93)
—Not available.
†Not applicable.
#Rounds to zero.
‡Reporting standards not met (too few cases for a reliable estimate).
1 Constant dollars based on the Consumer Price Index, prepared by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.
2 Full-time year-round workers as a percentage of the population ages 25 through 34 who reported working or looking for work in 2011.
3 Includes equivalency credentials, such as the General Educational Development (GED) credential.
4 For 1995 and 2000, data for Asians and Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders were not reported separately; therefore, Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders are included with Asians for 1995 and 2000.
5 For Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders, American Indians/Alaska Natives, and persons of two or more races, data on earnings by educational attainment are omitted because these data did not meet reporting standards. All data shown for these three race categories are for persons of all education levels.
NOTE: Beginning in 2005, standard errors were computed using replicate weights, which produced more precise values than the methodology used in prior years. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Survey (CPS), March 1996 through March 2012. (This table was prepared November 2012.)
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