Education and Income:  The National Scene

Education and Individual Income:

  • 43% of college-educated individuals earned over $50,000 in 1996, and 20% earned at least $75,000 (33% of these individuals earned less than $35,000);
  • Meanwhile, 11% of individuals with no more than a high school education (or a GED) earned $50,000, and merely 3% earned over $75,000 (over 70% of these individuals earned less than $35,000);
  • Completing some college work, or earning an associate degree both increase income progressively towards levels of college-educated individuals;
  • However, the greatest payoff went to individuals that had earned a bachelor's degree.

(Source: USCB, Money Income in the US: 1996)


Revised 11-24-97