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National Data on Earnings

National data on earnings present both initial and lifetime earnings. These data also examine relationships of earnings to graduates' majors and to the jobs and industries in which they work.

Education pays in earnings and in employment rates

Taken over all workers, earnings increase and unemployment rates decrease with higher levels of education.  U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Starting salaries vary with academic discipline or major

Starting salaries of bachelor's graduates are related to academic discipline or major. NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) survey of employers.   Executive summary | full report.     Disciplines with highest starting salaries: Computer science and Engineering.  Business leads the rest.

Earnings increase over the lifetime, more so with higher education levels

 Earnings increase over a worker's lifetime, with greater rates of increase for higher levels of education. The lifetime earnings advantage of higher levels of education is substantial.  The College Payoff: Education, Occupations, Lifetime Earnings (Georgetown University Center for Education and the Workforce)

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