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Youth Indicators 1996 / Indicator 69


Indicator 69. Earnings and Education


Median annual earnings of workers 25 to 34 years old, by sex and level of education: 1970 to 1993

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        |                    Males            |                 Females
        |-------------------------------------|--------------------------------------
  Year  |  High   |4 years |  Some  |4 or more|  High   |4 years |   Some  |4 or more
        | school  |of high |college |years of | school  |of high | college |years of
        |dropouts | school |        | college |dropouts | school |         | college
--------|---------|--------|--------|---------|---------|--------|---------|---------

                                     Constant 1994 dollars

1970 ...  $26,894  $32,109  $35,472   $39,889   $11,041  $15,934   $18,913   $26,831
1975 ...   23,166   29,575   31,611    34,548     8,757   13,625    16,886    23,483
1980 ...   20,317   27,663   28,834    32,957     9,155   14,193    17,627    21,581

1981 ...   18,906   25,766   27,447    33,343     8,481   13,836    17,043    21,352
1982 ...   17,040   23,945   26,742    32,104     8,985   13,513    16,292    22,020
1983 ...   16,889   24,083   27,252    32,583     9,085   13,665    16,944    22,784
1984 ...   15,608   24,666   28,434    33,493     8,050   14,274    17,298    23,012
1985 ...   16,715   23,730   28,186    35,571     8,975   14,321    16,876    24,176
1986 ...   16,550   23,837   28,096    35,857     9,213   14,249    17,301    25,368
1987 ...   17,499   24,201   27,409    35,973     9,828   14,592    18,245    25,995
1988 ...   16,778   24,784   27,206    35,092     8,019   14,340    18,769    25,966
1989 ...   16,856   24,165   27,128    35,036     8,650   13,806    18,200    26,620
1990 ...   16,054   22,630   25,898    33,412     7,876   13,678    18,290    26,287
1991 ...   14,194   22,030   25,130    33,626     8,540   13,391    17,696    25,436
1992 ...   14,303   21,018   23,844    33,670    10,103   13,219    17,732    26,443
1993 ...   13,961   20,870   23,435    32,708     7,674   13,075    17,157    26,043

                   Ratio compared to earnings for high school graduates

1970 ...     0.84     1.00     1.10      1.24      0.69     1.00      1.19      1.68
1975 ...     0.78     1.00     1.07      1.17      0.64     1.00      1.24      1.72
1980 ...     0.73     1.00     1.04      1.19      0.65     1.00      1.24      1.52

1981 ...     0.73     1.00     1.07      1.29      0.61     1.00      1.23      1.54
1982 ...     0.71     1.00     1.12      1.34      0.66     1.00      1.21      1.63
1983 ...     0.70     1.00     1.13      1.35      0.66     1.00      1.24      1.67
1984 ...     0.63     1.00     1.15      1.36      0.56     1.00      1.21      1.61
1985 ...     0.70     1.00     1.19      1.50      0.63     1.00      1.18      1.69
1986 ...     0.69     1.00     1.18      1.50      0.65     1.00      1.21      1.78
1987 ...     0.72     1.00     1.13      1.49      0.67     1.00      1.25      1.78
1988 ...     0.68     1.00     1.10      1.42      0.56     1.00      1.31      1.81
1989 ...     0.70     1.00     1.12      1.45      0.63     1.00      1.32      1.93
1990 ...     0.71     1.00     1.14      1.48      0.58     1.00      1.34      1.92
1991 ...     0.64     1.00     1.14      1.53      0.64     1.00      1.32      1.90
1992 ...     0.68     1.00     1.13      1.60      0.76     1.00      1.34      2.00
1993 ...     0.67     1.00     1.12      1.57      0.59     1.00      1.31      1.99
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SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Current Population Surveys, unpublished data.

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