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Education Pays

Do you want a better job? Do you want to make more money? The answer is more education. Look at the chart below. It shows the more you learn, the more money you can make.

As you decide if you want to keep going to school, think about how education pays. People with more education often make more money.

Education Level
Typical Weekly Earnings*
Didn't Finish High School
$454
GED/High School Graduate
$626
Some College, No Degree
$699
Associate Degree
$761
Bachelor's Degree
$1,025

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2009 wage data.
*Typical weekly earnings shown are the median wage. The median is the middle wage when listing all of the wages from low to high. That means that half of all workers made more and have made less that the number listed. The earnings are for year-round, full-time employed workers age 25 and older.