The educational attainment of women ages 25 to 64 in the labor force has risen substantially over the past 20 years. In 2012, 38 percent of this group held college degrees, compared with 25 percent in 1992. About 7 percent of women had less than a high school diploma (i.e., did not graduate from high school) in 2012, down from 10 percent in 1992.
|Year||Percent distribution||Amount (in thousands) (1)|
|Work force (in thousands)||Less than high school diploma||High school graduates, no college||Some college, no degree, or associate's degree||College graduates||Less than high school diploma||High school graduates, no college||Some college, no degree, or associate's degree||College graduates|
(1) Sums may not add up to totals due to rounding
In 2012, female full-time wage and salary workers ages 25 and older with only a high school diploma had median usual weekly earnings of $561, which represented 80 percent of the earnings of women with an associate’s degree ($697) and 56 percent of the earnings of women with a bachelor’s degree or higher ($1,001).
Less than a high school diploma
High school graduates, no college
Some college or associate's degree
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Educational attainment and earnings of women at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2014/ted_20140603.htm (visited September 25, 2023).