Employment Projections

Earnings and unemployment rates by educational attainment

Earnings and unemployment rates by educational attainment, 2015

Education attained

Unemployment rate in 2015 (Percent)

Median weekly earnings in 2015

Doctoral degree

1.7

$1,623

Professional degree

1.5

1,730

Master's degree

2.4

1,341

Bachelor's degree

2.8

1,137

Associate's degree

3.8

798

Some college, no degree

5.0

738

High school diploma

5.4

678

Less than a high school diploma

8.0

493

All workers

4.3

860

Note: Data are for persons age 25 and over. Earnings are for full-time wage and salary workers.

Source: Current Population Survey, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

These education categories reflect only the highest level of education attained. They do not take into account completion of training programs in the form of apprenticeships and other on-the-job training, which may also influence earnings and unemployment rates. For more information on training, see: http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_education_training_system.htm.

BLS has some data on the employment status of the civilian noninstitutional population 25 years and over by educational attainment, sex, race, and Hispanic origin online.

The Census Bureau also has some data on educational attainment online.

Last Modified Date: March 15, 2016

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