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Education and Income:  The National Scene






Median Individual Income and Education *:

  • The 1996 median income for college-educated men (bachelor's degree) was over $50,000 (i.e., half of college-educated men earned over $50,000);
     
  • The 1996 median income for college-educated women was over $36,000 (i.e., half of college-educated women earned over $36,000);
     
  • A college education is generally associated with substantially higher median incomes for both men and women.

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

Footnote:
*  USCB reports median incomes separately for men and women;  the detailed information necessary to calculate a combined median income for both sexes is not available.  Age of population may partly explain the income differential between men and women;  women in this sample were younger than the men (67% of women sampled were less than 45 years old, versus 59% for men), and possibly at earlier career stages.

Revised 11-24-97