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

Less than
high school
High
school
Some
college
College
degree
Advanced
degree
Real hourly wage
1973 $10.53 $13.03 $14.08 $19.50 $25.82
1979 11.00 13.04 14.00 17.73 22.71
1989 9.98 12.91 14.96 20.24 26.38
1995 9.63 13.04 14.92 21.72 28.56
2000 10.06 13.77 15.97 24.04 30.37
2007 10.52 14.08 16.34 24.59 31.34
2011 10.32 13.83 15.82 24.31 31.76
Annual percent change
1973–1979 0.7% 0.0% -0.1% -1.6% -2.1%
1979–1989 -1.0 -0.1 0.7 1.3 1.5
1989–2000 0.1 0.6 0.6 1.6 1.3
1989–1995 -0.6 0.2 0.0 1.2 1.3
1995–2000 0.9 1.1 1.4 2.1 1.2
2000–2007 0.6 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.5
2007–2011 -0.5 -0.5 -0.8 -0.3 0.3
Share of employment
1973 25.6% 44.0% 17.5% 9.9% 3.1%
1979 17.2 43.0 23.4 12.0 4.4
1989 11.2 38.8 27.8 15.4 6.8
2000 8.8 31.6 32.0 19.1 8.4
2007 7.4 28.0 32.2 22.0 10.4
2011 6.5 25.7 32.6 23.1 12.1

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

Updated May 14, 2012

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