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Table 5. Average annual percent growth in inflation-adjusted hourly earnings from 1978-2012 by educational attainment, sex, race, Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, and age

Table 5. Average annual percent growth in inflation-adjusted hourly earnings from 1978-2012
by educational attainment, sex, race, Hispanic or Latino ethnicity, and age

                                             Average annual percent growth in hourly earnings

              Characteristic                   Ages 18  Ages 25  Ages 30  Ages 35  Ages 40
                                                to 24    to 29    to 34    to 39    to 48

Total .....................................      6.2      4.1      3.3      3.1      0.7
  Less than a high school diploma  ........      3.0      2.4      1.9      2.2      0.0
  High school graduates, no college (1)....      4.8      2.6      2.4      2.9      0.4
  Less than a bachelor's degree ...........      6.2      4.7      3.4      2.8      0.6
  Bachelor's degree or more (2)............      9.4      6.2      4.9      3.9      1.3
					 
Men .......................................      6.9      4.5      3.6      3.1      0.6
  Less than a high school diploma  ........      3.6      2.1      2.2      1.7     -0.4
  High school graduates, no college (1)....      5.5      3.0      2.3      2.9      0.5
  Less than a bachelor's degree ...........      7.5      5.3      4.1      2.6      0.2
  Bachelor's degree or more (2)............      9.8      7.5      5.9      4.5      1.5
					
Women .....................................      5.6      3.6      2.9      3.0      0.7
  Less than a high school diploma .........      1.9      2.8      1.4      2.9      0.5
  High school graduates, no college (1)....      3.8      2.1      2.6      2.8      0.3
  Less than a bachelor's degree ...........      5.1      4.3      2.8      3.0      0.9
  Bachelor's degree or more (2)............      9.0      4.9      3.9      3.3      1.2
					
White non-Hispanic ........................      6.6      4.2      3.3      3.1      0.7
  Less than a high school diploma .........      3.5      2.0      2.2      2.4      0.1
  High school graduates, no college (1)....      5.0      2.6      2.2      2.8      0.5
  Less than a bachelor's degree ...........      6.2      4.9      3.4      2.7      0.4
  Bachelor's degree or more (2)............      9.7      6.3      5.0      4.0      1.4

Black non-Hispanic ........................      4.3      3.7      3.1      2.8      0.3
  Less than a high school diploma .........      1.8      3.3      0.8      1.8     -0.7
  High school graduates, no college (1)....      3.2      2.9      3.2      3.1     -0.1
  Less than a bachelor's degree ...........      5.6      4.2      3.1      2.6      1.2
  Bachelor's degree or more (2)............      7.0      5.8      4.4      2.8      0.3
					
Hispanic or Latino.........................      5.9      3.2      3.5      3.0      0.9
  Less than a high school diploma .........      2.6      2.6      2.4      2.0      0.1
  High school graduates, no college (1)....      5.6      2.4      3.5      2.8      0.5
  Less than a bachelor's degree ...........      7.1      3.8      3.7      3.4      1.3
  Bachelor's degree or more (2)............      9.4      5.5      4.2      4.0      2.1


  1 Includes persons with a high school diploma or equivalent.
  2 Includes persons with a bachelor's, master's, professional, or doctoral degrees.
  NOTE: The first column excludes individuals who turned age 18 before 1978. The last
column excludes individuals who were not yet age 49 when interviewed in 2012-13. The CPI-U-RS
was used to adjust hourly earnings to 2010 dollars, prior to calculating the growth rates.
The National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 consists of men and women who were born in
the years 1957-64 and were ages 14 to 22 when first interviewed in 1979. These individuals 
were ages 47 to 56 in the 2012-13 survey. Educational attainment is defined as of the 2012-13 
survey. Race and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity groups are mutually exclusive but not exhaustive.  
Other race groups, which are included in the overall totals, are not shown separately because 
their representation in the survey sample is not sufficiently large to provide statistically 
reliable estimates.



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Last Modified Date: April 01, 2015
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