Education by the numbers

Compiled by Dale Villeburn Old Coyote

 

$4.80 *

Amount of return in future income for every $1 spent on community college education.

 

$35,580 **

Median annual earnings for jobs requiring a high school diploma.

 

$58,240 **

Median annual earnings for jobs requiring an associate degree.

$68,190 **

Median annual earnings for jobs requiring a bachelor’s degree.

 

11% **

Unemployment rate for those with less than a high school diploma.

 

7.5% **

Unemployment rate for those with a high school diploma.

 

7% **

Unemployment rate for those with some college, no degree.

 

5.4% **

Unemployment rate for those with an associate degree.

 

4% **

Unemployment rate for those with a bachelor’s degree.

 

39.1 ***

Percentage of first-time college students enrolled in a community college who earn a credential from a two- or four-year institution within six years.

 

$5,400 ****

Average increase in annual pay someone with an associate degree can expect over a drop-out.

 

Sources:

* AAAC Where Value Meets Values: The Economic Impact of Community Colleges

** U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

*** National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, Shapiro & Dundar, 2014

**** Bailey & Belfield, 2015

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