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Why Go to School?

Studies show that workers with college education tend to make more than workers without it. Refer to the following charts to see the average earnings for workers with different levels of education.

Level of Education Unemployment Rate Median Weekly Earnings
Master's Degree or Higher 3.7% $1,731
Bachelor's Degree 4.9% $1,400
Associate Degree 5.1% $981
Some College 8.2% $865
High School Diploma/GED 8.7% $820
Less than High School 11.3% $600
All Workers 6.3% $1,154


Unemployment rates and weekly earnings (full-time wage and salary workers) age 25 and over by educational attainment, New York, 2021

Source: Current Population Survey


Why go to school 2022