United States Median Weekly Earnings By Educational Level of Full-Time Wage And Salary Workers Aged 25 years and Over (Not Seasonally Adjusted)
Updated on October 20, 2022.

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, in the third quarter of 2022, the following were the usual median weekly earnings by educational level of full-time wage and salary workers, who were at least 25 years old in the United States. For people who do not have a high school diploma, their median weekly earnings was $692; people with a high school diploma alone, however, had a median weekly earnings of $866; and for those who have had some college education or an associate degree, their median weekly earnings was $993. Comparatively, the median weekly earnings of people with at least a bachelors degree was $1,556.

The chart and table below shows the historical usual median weekly earnings by educational level for full-time wage and salary workers aged 25 years and over in the United States (not seasonally adjusted) from 2002 Q1 to 2022 Q3.

U.S. Median Weekly Earnings By Educational Level of Full-Time Wage And Salary Workers Aged 25yrs+, Not Seas. Adj. ($)
No High School Diploma
High School Diploma
Some College or AA
Bachelors and above
U.S. Median Weekly Earnings By Educational Level of Full-Time Wage And Salary Workers Aged 25yrs+, Not Seas. Adj. ($)
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Year Quarter No High School Diploma ($) High School Diploma ($) Some College or AA ($) Bachelors and Higher ($)
2002 Q1 389 533 630 940
2002 Q2 390 532 634 939
2002 Q3 386 532 622 941
2002 Q4 388 542 631 943
2003 Q1 397 549 635 961
2003 Q2 394 547 638 969
2003 Q3 397 563 634 958
2003 Q4 397 556 648 967
2004 Q1 396 562 649 996
2004 Q2 404 576 664 973
2004 Q3 399 574 661 984
2004 Q4 404 581 667 996
2005 Q1 404 579 667 1013
2005 Q2 412 584 661 996
2005 Q3 413 583 678 1014
2005 Q4 407 585 674 1029
2006 Q1 420 592 691 1019
2006 Q2 420 591 676 1047
2006 Q3 420 602 701 1047
2006 Q4 415 597 700 1046
2007 Q1 429 602 710 1030
2007 Q2 440 597 704 1092
2007 Q3 422 610 707 1088
2007 Q4 424 610 697 1086
2008 Q1 435 615 715 1108
2008 Q2 449 620 727 1105
2008 Q3 471 618 725 1131
2008 Q4 459 619 719 1115
2009 Q1 450 620 726 1138
2009 Q2 465 630 719 1140
2009 Q3 448 621 720 1145
2009 Q4 449 638 735 1121
2010 Q1 448 624 738 1140
2010 Q2 440 629 737 1138
2010 Q3 449 622 732 1158
2010 Q4 438 633 727 1139
2011 Q1 444 633 736 1150
2011 Q2 458 643 743 1141
2011 Q3 459 636 731 1152
2011 Q4 444 641 744 1158
2012 Q1 450 653 754 1158
2012 Q2 483 659 754 1164
2012 Q3 464 648 736 1170
2012 Q4 478 647 752 1168
2013 Q1 457 651 741 1189
2013 Q2 477 647 751 1193
2013 Q3 479 659 747 1174
2013 Q4 468 648 752 1219
2014 Q1 480 660 756 1199
2014 Q2 492 666 757 1187
2014 Q3 488 681 762 1170
2014 Q4 491 664 771 1224
2015 Q1 478 669 758 1227
2015 Q2 499 678 757 1210
2015 Q3 492 672 773 1234
2015 Q4 502 690 757 1245
2016 Q1 494 679 782 1250
2016 Q2 499 690 767 1249
2016 Q3 504 700 779 1266
2016 Q4 519 698 790 1270
2017 Q1 512 702 791 1280
2017 Q2 515 718 799 1290
2017 Q3 522 714 801 1271
2017 Q4 531 714 800 1278
2018 Q1 563 713 808 1286
2018 Q2 554 726 825 1310
2018 Q3 556 736 826 1338
2018 Q4 543 746 853 1340
2019 Q1 578 739 835 1350
2019 Q2 588 751 848 1357
2019 Q3 606 749 874 1383
2019 Q4 596 747 870 1382
2020 Q1 609 768 879 1386
2020 Q2 630 788 904 1416
2020 Q3 642 793 914 1457
2020 Q4 608 781 917 1421
2021 Q1 613 792 912 1426
2021 Q2 620 793 915 1438
2021 Q3 633 817 942 1474
2021 Q4 651 831 931 1467
2022 Q1 670 827 938 1525
2022 Q2 689 838 961 1547
2022 Q3 692 866 993 1556