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Status of Education in Rural America
NCES 2007-040
June 2007

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Table 2.10b.

Median earnings of full-time, full-year workers age 25 and over adjusted for geographic cost differences, by locale, sex, and educational attainment: 2004


Sex and educational attainment Total City Suburban Town Rural
Male $42,900 $39,600 $46,900 $42,200 $44,800
Less than high school diploma or equivalent 26,300 22,700 26,700 28,800 31,500
High school diploma or equivalent or higher 46,100 42,700 48,600 45,300 46,000
High school diploma or equivalent 35,600 31,000 36,700 36,700 39,400
Bachelor's degree or higher 65,300 59,600 67,400 59,700 67,200
      
Female $32,300 $31,600 $34,400 $30,500 $31,500
Less than high school diploma or equivalent 19,600 17,700 20,000 19,700 22,200
High school diploma or equivalent or higher 33,800 33,800 35,300 31,700 32,600
High school diploma or equivalent 25,900 24,900 27,400 25,700 26,300
Bachelor's degree or higher 46,900 45,600 47,800 44,200 46,200
NOTE: NCES's Comparable Wage Index (CWI) was used to adjust for geographic cost differences. For more details on the CWI, see A Comparable Wage Approach to Geographic Cost Adjustment (NCES 2006-321).
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2004, previously unpublished data.
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