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Table 5a. Average hourly wages of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Concentrators compared to Non-Concentrators among 2003-04 public high school graduates, by degree or credential type (2012)Average hourly wages of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Concentrators compared to Non-Concentrators among 2003-04 public high school graduates, by degree or credential type (2012)

    Postsecondary degree or credential type  
Characteristics   Undergraduate certificate Associate's degree Bachelor's degree Professional degree or certificate1  
Average hourly wage2   $15.23 $16.14 $18.87 $22.94  
             
CTE Concentrator 3   $16.27 $15.90 $19.15 $22.26  
Non-CTE Concentrator   $14.97 $16.18 $18.84 $23.03  
1 Professional degree or certificate includes the categories Master's degree, Post-master's certificate, and Doctoral degree from variable F3A13B. For more information, see the sample member questionnaire, available on the ELS website: http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/els2002/questionnaires.asp
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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