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Bachelor's degree recipients continue to outearn others

April 28, 2009

Workers with bachelor's degrees earned an average of $26,000 more per year than those with only high-school diplomas, according to a new report on education trends released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Workers with only high-school diplomas earned an average of $31,286 in 2007; those with bachelor’s degrees earned an average of $57,181.

According to the 2008 U.S. Census Bureau data, among those ages 25 to 29:

  • 88 percent had completed high school
  • 31 percent had completed college

The data also show that of adults 25 and older:

  • 29 percent held bachelor’s degrees
  • 87 percent had completed high school


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