A college education does not reduce the wage gap for Hispanic women: Adjusted wage gaps between Hispanic women and non-Hispanic white men in the U.S., by highest level of education attained, 1980–2016

Year College grad Some college  High school  Less than high school 
1980 37.7% 36.6% 45.0% 54.2%
1981 36.9% 36.0% 43.4% 54.2%
1982 38.5% 34.0% 41.5% 53.8%
1983 37.8% 32.7% 40.0% 54.1%
1984 37.3% 32.3% 39.9% 54.2%
1985 35.6% 32.8% 40.3% 54.9%
1986 36.0% 32.6% 41.5% 54.6%
1987 37.8% 29.8% 41.5% 53.2%
1988 36.0% 28.2% 40.6% 51.0%
1989 33.8% 28.4% 38.8% 50.4%
1990 32.6% 29.0% 37.8% 49.1%
1991 32.0% 29.5% 37.2% 48.2%
1992 30.9% 28.2% 36.4% 47.4%
1993 29.5% 27.6% 36.1% 46.6%
1994 29.5% 28.0% 36.8% 47.0%
1995 29.1% 29.1% 37.7% 45.2%
1996 28.4% 30.5% 38.0% 44.1%
1997 29.9% 30.7% 36.6% 42.8%
1998 32.7% 31.5% 36.9% 42.7%
1999 35.6% 31.6% 36.4% 41.8%
2000 36.0% 32.1% 36.4% 39.5%
2001 36.5% 30.7% 36.3% 37.9%
2002 36.9% 29.8% 35.5% 37.7%
2003 36.1% 28.7% 35.3% 38.1%
2004 35.8% 29.0% 34.1% 37.9%
2005 35.6% 29.0% 35.5% 38.2%
2006 35.6% 29.1% 36.5% 38.6%
2007 35.4% 28.3% 37.3% 39.0%
2008 35.0% 28.4% 36.1% 39.8%
2009 35.8% 28.0% 35.6% 38.9%
2010 34.7% 28.0% 34.7% 37.7%
2011 35.0% 27.2% 35.1% 37.0%
2012 34.9% 27.2% 34.0% 37.0%
2013 35.2% 28.1% 33.9% 38.3%
2014 34.7% 28.9% 33.0% 36.9%
2015 35.3% 28.9% 33.1% 36.0%
2016 36.4% 28.0% 33.1% 36.3%

Note: The wage gap is how much less, in percent terms, the average member of each identified subgroup makes than the average non-Hispanic white man with the same education level (adjusted for experience and region of residence). The wages compared are average hourly wages and the population is full-time workers ages 18–64. Wage gaps reflect a three-year moving average, with 1979 included in the average for 1980 and 2017 included in the average for 2016.

Source: EPI analysis of Current Population Survey Outgoing Rotation Group microdata from the U.S. Census Bureau

View the underlying data on epi.org.