Saturday, April 1, 2017

U.S. College Grads See Massive Wage Gains Since Recession

Petroleum engineers and basket-weaving majors similarly flush

WASHINGTON (CHEMJOBBER PRESS) The bachelor's degree — long a ticket to middle-class comfort — shinier than ever in the U.S. job market.

Wages for college graduates across many majors have skyrocketed since the 2007-09 recession, according to an unpublished analysis by the Georgetown University Center on Student Loan Penury in Washington using Census bureau figures. Young job-seekers appear to be the biggest winners.

What you study doesn't matter for your salary, the data show. Chemical and computer engineering majors have held down some of the best earnings of at least $60,000 a year for entry level positions since the recession, while business and science graduates's paychecks have risen apace. A basket-weaving major at the start of their career earned $71,000 on an annual average in 2015, up $10,000 from five years earlier.

"It has been like this for the past five, six years now," said Dan Heah, a research professor at Georgetown who compiled the data. "It's really exciting."

The outlook for experienced graduates, aged 35 to 54, is even brighter, with wages rising across the board since the crisis.

The economic premium of a bachelor's increased after the recession, according to a 2016 National Bureau of Economic Research paper by Richard Valens, an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

"I don't see what people need to be concerned about," said Dr. Valens. "Surely concerns about stagnant wages, decreasing college wage premiums and increasing tuition costs are figments of fevered imaginations." 


  1. Dr. Valens majored in both chemistry and economics at La Bamba U., where he met his wife, Donna.

    Many believe that in 2016 April Fools Day was celebrated on November 8.

  2. from the same category but served with a straight face. Never underestimate rich businesspeople talent for self-parody. "You should be willing to move to Albany and commute to work on a bicycle" (Hat tip to Maciej Ceglowski)

    1. Actually, there is some really good advice there for saving money and I followed some of it at different times. The problem is, if too many people do it, then the US economy, based on increasing consumer spending, collapses. Actually, the retail sector and the associated jobs are starting to collapse and not just due to internet shopping, but people becoming more frugal. Maybe Business Insider is trying to manipulate stocks here?

  3. The sad thing is I read the headline, and the first sentence of the article, in my feed. I thought "I need to send this to CJ!" Then I read on.... :-)


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