EPI's weekly illustration of education data trends — June 21, 2018

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Salaries of Bachelor's Degree Graduates in the Workforce


Today's EPIGraph uses data from the Baccalaureate & Beyond (B&B) Study that followed bachelor's degree graduates from 2008 to 2012, four years after graduation. Overall (not illustrated), 80 percent of graduates were employed four years later, 7 percent were unemployed, 8 percent were out of the workforce (not employable), and 6 percent were enrolled in college and not working.

The average salary in 2012 was $45,000 for these graduates. As illustrated, those who worked in business or management, STEM, and health care earned above average, with those in STEM occupations topping out at $61,000. The lowest salaries were in business support or administrative assistance, social services, and PK-12 education.

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SOURCE: Cataldi, E.F., Staklis, S., and Woo, J. (2018). Four Years Later: 2007-08 College Graduates' Employment, Debt, and Enrollment in 2012. Stats in Brief. U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES 2018-435). Data from Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study (B&B:08/12).