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Digest of Education Statistics: 2016
Digest of Education Statistics: 2016

NCES 2017-094
February 2018


Table 603.20. Percentage of the population 25 to 64 years old who attained any postsecondary degree, by age group and country: Selected years, 2001 through 2015
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Country 2001 2005 2010 2012 2014 2015
Total,
25 to 64
years old
25 to 34
years old
Total,
25 to 64
years old
25 to 34
years old
Total,
25 to 64
years old
25 to 34
years old
Total,
25 to 64
years old
25 to 34
years old
Total,
25 to 64
years old
25 to 34
years old
Total,
25 to 64
years old
25 to 34
years old
35 to 44
years old
45 to 54
years old
55 to 64
years old
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
OECD average1  22.5 27.8 26.2 32.1 30.7 (0.05) 37.8 (0.10) 32.1 (0.04) 39.2 (0.09) 33.4 (0.04) 40.7 (0.09) 35.0 (0.05) 42.1 (0.12) 39.6 (0.09) 31.4 (0.09) 26.0 (0.08)
Australia 29.0 33.5 31.7 38.1 37.6 (0.45) 44.4 (0.85) 41.3 (0.27) 47.2 (0.56) 41.9 (0.29) 48.1 (0.59) 42.9 (0.30) 48.5 (0.59) 48.9 (0.58) 38.2 (0.57) 33.9 (0.60)
Austria 14.1 14.3 17.8 19.7 19.3 (0.26) 20.8 (0.54) 20.0 (0.23) 23.0 (0.50) 29.9 (0.26) 38.4 (0.57) 30.6 (0.29) 38.6 (0.65) 34.3 (0.53) 27.4 (0.48) 21.8 (0.47)
Belgium 27.6 37.5 31.0 40.6 35.0 (0.20) 43.8 (0.44) 35.3 (0.20) 43.0 (0.45) 36.9 (0.24) 44.2 (0.50) 36.9 (0.21) 43.1 (0.64) 42.6 (0.43) 34.8 (0.39) 26.9 (0.38)
Canada 41.9 50.5 46.1 53.8 50.6 (0.23) 56.5 (0.43) 52.6 (0.23) 57.3 (0.40) 53.6 (0.25) 57.7 (0.41) 55.2 (0.20) 59.2 (0.37) 62.3 (0.35) 53.8 (0.33) 45.7 (0.34)
Chile2,3,4 13.2 18.3 26.8 (0.18) 38.5 (0.34) 17.8 (0.12) 22.5 (0.26) 21.1 (0.12) 27.3 (0.26) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
                                                     
Czech Republic 11.1 11.3 13.1 14.2 16.8 (0.10) 22.6 (0.25) 19.3 (0.11) 27.8 (0.28) 21.5 (0.12) 29.9 (0.30) 22.2 (0.12) 31.0 (0.44) 22.8 (0.24) 20.0 (0.24) 14.5 (0.20)
Denmark 28.4 29.0 33.5 39.8 33.3 (0.19) 37.6 (0.50) 34.8 (0.19) 40.2 (0.46) 35.8 (0.19) 42.1 (0.46) 37.1 (†) 44.5 (†) 42.2 (†) 33.8 (†) 28.5 (†)
Estonia 33.3 32.8 35.3 (0.79) 37.8 (1.73) 37.3 (0.69) 39.8 (1.46) 38.0 (0.42) 40.0 (0.89) 38.0 (0.42) 40.5 (1.26) 39.8 (0.82) 36.0 (0.80) 35.4 (0.84)
Finland 32.3 38.2 34.6 37.5 38.1 (0.24) 39.2 (0.52) 39.7 (0.24) 39.7 (0.52) 41.8 (0.17) 40.3 (0.37) 42.7 (0.30) 40.5 (0.92) 50.3 (0.63) 44.6 (0.57) 36.3 (0.57)
France 23.0 34.2 24.8 39.3 29.0 (0.09) 42.9 (0.21) 30.9 (0.09) 42.9 (0.21) 33.5 (0.10) 44.7 (0.31) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
                                                     
Germany 23.2 21.8 24.6 22.5 26.6 (0.08) 26.1 (0.19) 28.1 (0.08) 29.0 (0.19) 27.1 (0.08) 28.4 (0.19) 27.6 (0.08) 29.6 (0.19) 29.3 (0.21) 26.6 (0.18) 25.6 (0.18)
Greece 18.0 24.0 21.3 25.4 24.6 (0.33) 30.9 (0.59) 26.7 (0.12) 34.7 (0.29) 28.1 (0.13) 38.7 (0.31) 29.1 (0.13) 40.1 (0.44) 29.6 (0.26) 26.5 (0.24) 20.2 (0.22)
Hungary 14.0 14.7 17.1 19.6 20.1 (0.10) 26.0 (0.24) 22.0 (0.11) 30.4 (0.26) 23.4 (0.12) 32.1 (0.28) 24.2 (0.26) 32.1 (0.49) 26.8 (0.41) 20.8 (0.45) 17.5 (0.44)
Iceland 24.6 26.5 30.5 35.8 32.5 (0.50) 36.2 (0.99) 35.2 (0.50) 38.4 (0.98) 37.1 (0.52) 40.6 (1.06) 38.8 (0.53) 40.1 (1.51) 45.9 (1.12) 39.3 (1.04) 29.1 (0.97)
Ireland 23.6 47.8 29.1 40.6 37.3 (0.13) 48.2 (0.26) 39.7 (0.14) 49.2 (0.28) 41.0 (0.27) 50.8 (0.48) 42.8 (0.16) 52.0 (0.45) 50.8 (0.30) 36.7 (0.30) 26.9 (0.30)
                                                     
Israel 45.8 50.0 45.6 (0.20) 44.2 (0.38) 46.4 (0.20) 44.5 (0.38) 48.5 (0.20) 46.0 (0.38) 48.8 (—) 45.9 (—) 53.6 (—) 48.0 (—) 47.2 (—)
Italy 10.0 11.8 12.2 16.1 14.8 (0.07) 20.7 (0.19) 15.7 (0.08) 22.3 (0.21) 16.9 (0.08) 24.2 (0.22) 17.5 (0.07) 25.1 (0.26) 20.5 (0.15) 13.5 (0.11) 12.3 (0.12)
Japan5 34.1 47.7 39.9 53.2 44.8 (0.20) 56.7 (0.40) 46.6 (0.19) 58.6 (0.40) 27.6 (0.17) 36.8 (0.40) 49.5 (0.19) 59.6 (0.40) 53.9 (0.38) 47.3 (0.42) 38.2 (0.45)
Korea, Republic of 25.0 39.5 31.6 51.0 39.7 (0.25) 65.0 (0.46) 41.7 (0.25) 65.7 (0.46) 44.6 (0.25) 67.7 (0.45) 45.5 (0.25) 69.0 (0.45) 57.8 (0.46) 35.1 (0.46) 18.3 (0.49)
Latvia (†) (†) 29.2 (0.40) 38.7 (0.95) 30.2 (0.67) 39.4 (1.15) 31.6 (0.43) 39.9 (0.89) 33.1 (0.78) 28.4 (0.67) 24.7 (0.70)
                                                     
Luxembourg 18.1 23.4 26.5 37.0 35.5 (0.46) 44.2 (1.08) 39.1 (0.36) 49.9 (0.83) 45.9 (0.57) 52.9 (1.35) 39.8 (0.37) 49.9 (1.13) 46.6 (0.76) 33.6 (0.67) 26.2 (0.68)
Mexico 15.1 17.9 14.9 18.1 17.4 (0.00) 21.8 (0.00) 18.1 (0.00) 24.1 (0.00) 18.5 (0.05) 24.6 (0.10) 16.3 (0.05) 21.0 (0.10) 15.7 (0.09) 14.0 (0.10) 12.0 (0.11)
Netherlands 23.2 26.5 30.1 35.4 32.4 (0.10) 40.8 (0.23) 34.4 (0.10) 43.0 (0.23) 34.4 (0.10) 44.3 (0.24) 35.3 (0.23) 45.1 (0.82) 39.7 (0.51) 31.0 (0.39) 26.9 (0.39)
New Zealand 29.0 28.5 27.1 30.8 40.7 (0.41) 46.4 (0.89) 40.6 (0.41) 46.9 (0.89) 35.6 (0.40) 40.4 (0.87) 34.0 (0.40) 39.1 (0.86) 38.9 (0.80) 30.4 (0.73) 27.5 (0.75)
Norway 30.2 37.9 32.7 40.9 37.3 (0.20) 47.3 (0.45) 38.6 (0.21) 45.0 (0.46) 41.8 (0.21) 49.0 (0.46) 42.7 (0.21) 48.1 (0.64) 49.2 (0.43) 39.2 (0.41) 32.9 (0.41)
                                                     
Poland 11.9 15.2 16.9 25.5 22.9 (0.09) 37.4 (0.21) 24.5 (0.09) 40.8 (0.21) 27.0 (0.10) 42.6 (0.23) 27.7 (0.11) 43.2 (0.34) 33.4 (0.23) 19.4 (0.19) 13.6 (0.15)
Portugal 9.2 13.7 12.8 19.1 15.4 (0.51) 24.8 (1.02) 18.5 (0.13) 28.3 (0.36) 21.7 (0.14) 31.4 (0.37) 22.9 (0.14) 33.1 (0.52) 29.0 (0.29) 17.1 (0.23) 12.9 (0.22)
Slovak Republic 10.9 11.9 13.7 16.3 17.3 (0.16) 24.0 (0.29) 19.0 (0.32) 27.0 (0.77) 20.4 (0.17) 29.8 (0.43) 21.1 (0.36) 31.3 (0.88) 22.3 (0.74) 15.7 (0.64) 13.4 (0.55)
Slovenia 20.2 24.7 23.7 (0.22) 31.3 (0.51) 26.4 (0.24) 35.4 (0.55) 28.6 (0.24) 38.1 (0.54) 30.2 (0.25) 40.8 (0.80) 36.4 (0.54) 25.4 (0.44) 18.9 (0.39)
Spain 23.6 35.5 28.2 39.7 30.7 (0.08) 39.2 (0.17) 32.3 (0.08) 39.3 (0.18) 34.7 (0.08) 41.5 (0.19) 35.1 (0.41) 41.0 (0.55) 43.2 (0.49) 30.9 (0.56) 22.8 (0.44)
                                                     
Sweden 25.6 36.9 29.6 37.3 34.2 (0.11) 42.2 (0.23) 35.7 (0.11) 43.5 (0.24) 38.7 (0.12) 46.0 (0.25) 39.8 (0.12) 46.4 (0.37) 47.7 (0.25) 34.3 (0.23) 29.9 (0.22)
Switzerland 25.4 25.6 28.8 31.0 35.2 (0.16) 40.5 (0.39) 36.6 (0.18) 40.6 (0.46) 40.2 (0.17) 46.0 (0.41) 41.7 (0.21) 48.6 (0.52) 46.0 (0.42) 39.2 (0.36) 32.1 (0.37)
Turkey 8.4 10.2 9.7 11.8 13.1 (0.07) 17.4 (0.13) 15.3 (0.07) 21.0 (0.15) 16.7 (0.07) 24.8 (0.16) 18.0 (0.08) 27.5 (0.26) 17.1 (0.15) 10.5 (0.13) 10.3 (0.14)
United Kingdom 26.1 29.5 29.6 35.0 38.2 (0.21) 46.0 (0.46) 41.0 (0.11) 47.9 (0.23) 42.2 (0.11) 49.2 (0.23) 43.5 (0.22) 49.2 (0.66) 49.1 (0.45) 39.5 (0.42) 35.5 (0.44)
United States 37.3 39.1 39.0 39.2 41.7 (0.24) 42.3 (0.38) 43.1 (0.24) 44.0 (0.42) 44.2 (0.28) 45.7 (0.53) 44.6 (0.25) 46.5 (0.39) 46.7 (0.44) 43.8 (0.42) 41.4 (0.46)
                                                     
Other reporting
      countries
                                                   
Brazil4,6 7.8 7.9 10.9 (0.07) 11.6 (0.12) 13.0 (0.07) 14.5 (0.12) 14.3 (0.20) 16.3 (0.26) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
China7 4.6 6.1 9.7 (—) 17.9 (—) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Colombia3 (†) (†) 19.7 (—) (†) 22.4 (0.25) 27.7 (0.32) 21.6 (0.25) 27.4 (0.32) 22.9 (0.35) 17.1 (0.33) 14.8 (0.38)
Costa Rica (†) (†) (†) (†) 18.0 (—) 20.0 (—) 23.0 (0.96) 28.1 (1.66) 22.1 (1.39) 19.4 (1.56) 20.2 (1.71)
Indonesia2,3,6 7.5 (—) (†) 8.5 (—) 10.3 (—) 8.3 (—) 10.6 (—) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Lithuania (†) (†) (†) (†) 36.7 (0.26) 52.6 (0.69) 38.7 (0.27) 54.8 (1.00) 40.8 (0.57) 31.2 (0.44) 29.5 (0.47)
Russian Federation2 (†) (†) 53.5 (—) 57.0 (—) 54.3 (0.11) 58.2 (0.22) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Saudi Arabia4 14.9 (†) (†) (†) (†) 22.7 (—) 25.8 (—) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
South Africa (†) (†) 6.6 (—) 5.2 (—) 14.6 (—) 14.2 (—) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
—Not available.
†Not applicable.
1 Refers to the mean of the data values for all reporting Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries, to which each country reporting data contributes equally. The average includes all current OECD countries for which a given year's data are available, even if they were not members of OECD in that year.
2 Data from 2013 reported for 2014.
3 Data from 2011 reported for 2012.
4 Data from 2004 reported for 2005.
5 Data for 2014 exclude short-cycle tertiary education, which corresponds to the associate's degree in the United States. Data for 2015 include postsecondary non-higher-education.
6 Data from 2009 reported for 2010.
7 Data from 2000 reported for 2001.
NOTE: Data in this table include all tertiary degrees, which correspond to all degrees at the associate’s level and above in the United States. The International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) was revised in 2011. The previous version, ISCED 1997, was used to calculate all data for years prior to 2014 (with the exception of China’s 2010 data, which were calculated using ISCED 2011). ISCED 2011 was used to calculate all data for 2014 and later years (with the exception of 2014 data for Indonesia, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, and South Africa, which were calculated using ISCED 1997). Under ISCED 2011, tertiary degrees are classified at the following levels: level 5 (corresponding to an associate's degree in the United States), level 6 (a bachelor's or equivalent degree), level 7 (a master's or equivalent degree), and level 8 (a doctoral or equivalent degree). Standard errors are not available for 2001 and 2005. Some data have been revised from previously published figures.
SOURCE: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Education at a Glance, selected years, 2003 through 2016; and Online Education Database, retrieved October 18, 2016, from http://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx. (This table was prepared October 2016.)