High school graduates earned about 60% of the median earnings of college graduates in the second quarter of 2017, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. And women earned about 25% less than men, according to the same survey. During this time period, the median earnings for workers with only high school degrees was $718. The median earnings for workers with bachelor's degrees reached $1,189. Notably, the U.S. Census Bureau reports that one-third of all American adults have a bachelor's degree or higher, the highest ever percentage. The Census Bureau further determined that the average annual earnings in 2016 for individuals aged 25 and older whose highest educational attainment was high school were $35,615. The average earnings for those with a bachelor’s degree were $65,482.
Across the spectrum, women earned only about 75% of the amount that men earned. The median weekly earnings for men without a high school diploma was $583, while women with high school diplomas only earned a median weekly income of $444. Male high school graduates earned median weekly income of $797, while woman high school graduates earned a median weekly income of $620. Of workers with bachelor degrees, men had median weekly earnings of $1,375, while women earned a median weekly income of $1,030.
More Americans believe the Democratic Party does a better job than the Republicans at the environment, health care, education and government spending. According to the respected Pew Research Center, almost 60 percent of Americans believe the Democrats better manage the environment. Additionally, the Democratic Party received better scores than the Republicans in health care, education, foreign policy, immigration and government spending.
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