The value of a degree

The price of a degree keeps rising. But with payoffs like better jobs and higher earnings potential, college is usually still worth the cost.

Higher education can lead to higher earnings potential


The data in this graph represents the average annual earnings of workers by education level. These hypothetical examples include only persons who were 25 years of age or older and the earnings are for full-time wage and salary workers.

Source: "Education pays, 2022," Career Outlook, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2023.