Economic Benefits of Continuing Your Education (2012)

Education Level Median Earnings Unemployment Rate
Professional Degree $86,580  2.4%
Doctoral Degree $80,652  2.5%
Master's Degree $65,676  3.6%
Bachelor's Degree $54,756 4.9%
Associate's Degree $39,936  6.8%
Some College, No Degree $37,388  8.7%
High School Graduate $33,176  9.4%
Less than High School Graduate $23,452 14.1%
AVERAGE $41,444  7.6%

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics - Education Pays

* Value inferred from available data

Adapted by Dr. Greg Nielsen, WSU Career Services