Published Online: September 28, 2010
Published in Print: September 29, 2010, as College Payoff

Report Roundup

College Payoff

"Education Pays"

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints
  • CommentsComments

A reportRequires Adobe Acrobat Reader from the College Board finds that the earnings gap between Americans with a college degree and those with only a high school diploma continues to grow, with bachelor's-degree recipients now earning an average of $55,700 a year more than their less educated peers.

Part of a series of reports published every three years by the New York City-based organization, the data show that among women between the ages of 25 and 34, the median salaries for those with bachelor's degrees was 79 percent higher in 2008 than it was for those whose education ended with high school graduation, up from 60 percent points a decade earlier. For men in that age group, the gap grew from 54 percent to 74 percent from 1998 to 2008.

The study also found that adults with college degrees have lower unemployment rates, cost the government less in social services, and involve their children in more educational activities than graduates with only a high school diploma.

Vol. 30, Issue 05, Page 5

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Login | Register
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories

Viewed

Emailed

Recommended

Commented