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The College Payoff

A college degree pays off–but by just how much? In this report, we examine just what a college degree is worth–and what else besides a degree might influence an individual’s potential earnings. This report examines lifetime earnings for all education levels and earnings by occupation, age, race/ethnicity and gender. The data are clear: a college degree is key to economic opportunity, conferring substantially higher earnings on those with credentials than those without.

  • 7.3%

    Bachelor's degree median lifetime earnings- 7.3% less than h.s.

  • 14.3%

    Bachelor's degree median lifetime earnings- 14.3% h.s. diploma.

  • 21.3%

    Bachelor's degree median lifetime earnings- 21.3% some college degrees/no degree.

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EARNINGS OVERLAP

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