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Inflation-adjusted hourly wage trends of college graduates, by occupation, 2000–2011

Share of all college graduates Change
Occupation 2000–2011 2002–2011 2003–2011
All college graduates 100.0% 0.2% -2.2% -1.9%
Management and business
Management 17.6% 5.0% -2.2% -1.9%
Business and financial operations 9.2 0.3 0.7 -1.7
Professional and related
Computer and mathematical science 5.4% 4.5% 3.2% 4.4%
Architecture and engineering 4.3 4.3 2.0 -0.6
Education, training, and library 10.6 1.7 -0.6 -2.2
Health care practitioner and technical 7.1 4.8 0.4 -1.1
Sales and office
Sales and related 12.7% -5.4% -9.1% -10.9%
Office and administrative support 9.9 -1.3 -4.6 -0.8
Production
Transportation and material moving 4.5% -10.0% -12.1% -6.8%
Subtotal of occupations shown 81.3%

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

Updated June 18, 2012

Documentation and methodology

Table is based on tabulations of CPS-ORG data with a sample of those with a college degree (but no advanced degree). See Appendix B for information on the wage data.

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