Wage growth was stronger among workers with a bachelor's degree in the late 1990s than during the current expansion: Real average wage growth, workers with a bachelor's degree, 1996–2000 and 2015–2019

1996–2000 2015–2019
Men 10.9% 7.8%
Women 9.8% 3.0%
White 10.6% 6.6%
Black 11.5% -0.3%


Note: In order to include data from the first half of 2019, all years refer to the 12-month period ending in June. Sample includes workers with a bachelor’s degree only.

Source: Authors’ analysis of Current Population Survey basic monthly microdata from the U.S. Census Bureau

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