Full-time workers age 25 and older without a high school diploma had median weekly earnings of $494 in the first quarter of 2016. That compares with a median of $679 for high school graduates who never attended college and $782 for workers with some college or an associate degree. Median weekly earnings were $1,155 for workers with a bachelor's degree and $1,435 for workers with an advanced degree.

Among college graduates with advanced degrees, the highest earning 10 percent of men—whose earnings were at or above the 90th percentile—made $3,871 or more per week; the 90th percentile for women with advanced degrees was $2,409 or more. Weekly earnings for the lowest paid 10 percent of men with advanced degrees—whose earnings were below the 10th percentile—were less than $773 in the first quarter. That was slightly higher than the median earnings—the 50th percentile—of men who had completed high school but never attended college.

These data are from the Current Population Survey and are not seasonally adjusted. To learn more, see “Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers: First Quarter 2016” (HTML) (PDF). Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more per week at their sole or main job.

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