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Table 29-1.  Percentage of the population ages 25 to 64, by highest level of education, income, and country: 2011

Country Lower secondary education
or below1
  Upper secondary
education2
  Academic higher
education3
At or below
half of the
median
income
More than
two times
the median
income
  At or below
half of the
median
income
More than
two times
the median
income
  At or below
half of the
median
income
More than
two times
the median
income
Australia4 24 3 15 6 10 18
Brazil 23 13 6 32 2 74
Canada5 36 6 27 10 18 29
France4 33 4 19 5 10 24
Germany 32 3 25 5 13 28
Italy4 26 4 16 9 13 25
Republic of Korea 32 1 15 6 4 26
United Kingdom 37 1 21 5 9 26
United States 47 3   26 8   13 30
1 Includes ISCED97 levels 0 (preprimary education), 1 (primary education), and 2 (lower secondary education).
2 Includes ISCED97 levels 3 (upper secondary education) and 4 (postsecondary nontertiary programs).
3 Includes ISCED97 levels 5A (academic higher education below the doctoral level) and 6 (doctoral level of academic higher education).
4 Reference year is 2009 rather than 2011.
5 Reference year is 2010 rather than 2011.
NOTE: The Republic of Korea reports earnings net of income tax. See the source listed below for the additional income categories that make up the full percentage distribution: more than half the median but at or below the median, more than the median but at or below 1.5 times the median, and more than 1.5 times the median but at or below 2.0 times the median. Education levels are defined according to the 1997 International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED97). For more information on the ISCED97 levels, see appendix A in this report.
SOURCE: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). (2013a). Education at a Glance: 2013 OECD Indicators, web table A6.4a. Paris: Author.