Educational attainment (high school diploma, college degree) is a key predictor of future earnings. The higher education a person has, the more s/he is likely to earn over a lifetime (Day & Newburger 2002).
By Urban Institute
- Adult Basic Education
- GED Attainment
- Graduation from Post-secondary School
- High School Graduation
- Industry-recognized Certification
Day, J. C. and Newburger, E. C. (July 2002). The Big Payoff: Educational Attainment and Synthetic Estimates of Work-Life Earnings. Current Population Reports.