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Hourly wages of men, by education, 1973–2011 (2011 dollars)

Less than
high school
High
school
Some
college
College
degree
Advanced
degree
Real hourly wage
1973 $17.45 $20.69 $21.15 $28.54 $31.70
1979 17.13 20.08 20.88 27.29 31.06
1989 14.39 17.95 19.80 27.93 34.73
1995 12.61 17.08 19.03 28.30 36.65
2000 13.08 18.09 20.62 31.77 39.71
2007 13.37 18.03 20.45 32.78 41.17
2011 12.71 17.53 19.45 31.81 41.34
Annual percent change
1973–1979 -0.3% -0.5% -0.2% -0.7% -0.3%
1979–1989 -1.7 -1.1 -0.5 0.2 1.1
1989–2000 -0.9 0.1 0.4 1.2 1.2
1989–1995 -2.2 -0.8 -0.7 0.2 0.9
1995–2000 0.7 1.2 1.6 2.3 1.6
2000–2007 0.3 0.0 -0.1 0.4 0.5
2007–2011 -1.3 -0.7 -1.3 -0.8 0.1
Share of employment
1973 30.6% 34.4% 19.2% 10.3% 5.4%
1979 22.3 35.0 22.4 13.2 7.1
1989 15.9 35.2 24.4 15.7 8.8
2000 12.6 32.1 27.7 18.5 9.1
2007 12.0 31.1 27.3 19.9 9.8
2011 10.2 30.2 28.3 20.8 10.6

Source: Authors' analysis of Current Population Survey Outgoing Rotation Group microdata

Updated May 14, 2012

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