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Table 4a. Average hourly wages and postsecondary degree attainment of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Concentrators compared to Non-Concentrators among 2003-04 public high school graduates, by degree type (2012)Average hourly wages and postsecondary degree attainment of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Concentrators compared to Non-Concentrators among 2003-04 public high school graduates, by degree type (2012)

    Postsecondary attainment status  
Characteristic   No postsecondary enrollment Some postsecondary enrollment, no credential Postsecondary credential1  
Average hourly wage2   $13.89 $13.81 $18.38  
           
CTE Concentrator3   $14.54 $14.52 $18.14  
Non-CTE Concentrator   $13.65 $13.67 $18.41  
1 Postsecondary credential includes recipients of all types of degrees and certificates.
2 Standardized hourly wage, rounded to the nearest dollar, for current/most recent job, from the composite variable F3HOURWAGE.
3 A "CTE concentrator" is defined as a high school student who earned three or more credits in CTE courses in one specific topic area while in high school, as indicated on the student's high school transcript.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002), Third Follow-up Restricted-use File.


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