Is it worth it to finish high school? Today, many young people across the United States are finding themselves questioning if it’s worth it. They’re weighing the pros and cons of having a high school diploma versus not having one at all.
This new infographic from the team at U.S. Career Institute analyzes how much more high school graduates earn than non-graduates in every state across the United States. Not only that, but this helpful visual guide also includes statistics on the average lifetime earnings by education level.
Per the data and research done by the team at U.S. Career Institute, it was found that the largest gap of median salary for high school graduates versus non-graduates was $11,439 annually. Out of all 50 states across the country, the state with the smallest gap in average salary when comparing high school graduates and non-high school graduates was just $3,336 on an annual basis. In fact, the only state other than Connecticut which saw a gap of more than $10,000 on an annual basis was Alaska, where high school graduates on average earn an estimated $10,286 annually than non-high school graduates would.
This infographic also offers a fascinating look at the average lifetime earnings for those in the United States, depending on their education levels. This data spans from those who didn’t even finish high school all the way through those who have received Doctoral degrees and Professional degrees.
According to this data, it was found that those with less than a high school education will earn an average of $1,204,724.51 over their lifetime, while those with a high school diploma will earn an average of $1,576,058.56 during their life. This is much different than the complete opposite end of the data, as those with Professional degrees will earn an average of $4,730,621.09 over their lifetime.