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March 1998, Vol. 121, No. 3

Earnings of college graduates: women compared with men

Daniel E. Hecker
Labor Economist, Office of Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Among college graduates, women earned 73 percent as much as men in 1993. However, when earnings of women were compared with those of men in the same major field of study, at the same degree level, and in the same age group, about half of the women earned at least 87 percent as much as men. Using data from a 1993 National Science Foundation survey, this article provides multiple answers to the question of how much women earn compared with men.

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