August 29, 2001
Earnings of female full-time workers aged 25 and over without a high school diploma were considerably below those of women with college degrees in 2000.
Median usual weekly earnings of women without a high school diploma were $303 per week in 2000, compared with $760 for those with college degrees.
Female high school graduates who had not attended college earned $421 per week, over a third more than those who had not obtained a high school diploma. Women with some college or an associate degree earned $504 per week, about two-thirds more than those who did not graduate from high school.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Low earnings of female high school dropouts on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2001/aug/wk4/art03.htm (visited November 25, 2015).
Fifty years of looking at changes in peoples lives
Longitudinal surveys help us understand long-term changes, such as how events that happened when a person was in high school affect labor market success as an adult.