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College Pays
A college degree cannot guarantee a job, of course, but it can be a powerful asset.
The data below shows 2015 earnings and unemployment rates by educational attainment.
Professional degree
Some college, no degree
Associate’s degree
Bachelor’s degree
Master’s degree
Doctoral degree
High school diploma
No high school diploma
$89,960
$41,496
$59,124
$69,732
$84,396
$35,256
$25,636
$38,376
Median annual earnings
Unemployment rate
1.5%
8.0%
5.4%
5.0%
3.8%
2.8%
2.4%
1.7%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016 (2015 data for adults age 25 and older)
College is expensive, but research suggests that the
benefits of a four-year college degree are equivalent to
an investment that earns a 15% annual rate of return,
on average.
Source:
Forbes
, July 6, 2016
An Investment in the Future
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