Mean private-sector and public-sector earnings in Virginia, and share of workers who have a bachelor's degree, by occupation, 2014–2017

Private sector Public sector
Mean earnings Share with B.A. Mean earnings Share with B.A.
Education administrators $68,565 68% $84,989 89%
Misc. managers $116,303* 68% $76,659 69%
Human resource workers $75,074 64% $61,465 55%
Accountants & auditors $88,431* 81% $59,965 73%
Computer occupations [not classified elsewhere] $94,169* 60% $63,123 63%
Counselors $51,353 81% $50,958 89%
Social workers $47,049 71% $49,063 83%
Lawyers, judges, magistrates & other judicial workers $234,453* 100% $92,853 94%
Postsecondary teachers $68,117 87% $83,803* 96%
Elementary & middle school teachers $46,601 89% $52,004* 97%
Veterinarians $63,030 55% $60,875 64%
Janitors & building cleaners $30,464 3% $28,946 3%
First-line supervisors of office & admin. support workers $58,052 36% $58,365 48%
Bookkeeping, accounting & auditing clerks $45,009 21% $40,635 20%
Customer service representatives $40,765 26% $36,448 30%
Dispatchers $44,232 15% $37,161 19%
Secretaries & admin. assistants $43,827* 24% $37,700 24%
Office clerks, general $40,415 24% $37,618 27%
Misc. office & admin. support workers $48,013 25% $43,257 47%
Bus drivers $36,801 12% $34,285 5%

Notes: For each occupational category, the earnings for the sector with the higher earnings are in boldfaced type. An asterisk (*) next to the boldfaced earnings indicates that the difference between earnings in the two sectors is statistically significant for this occupation. Results shown are for 2014–2017 because occupational codes changed in 2018.

Source: EPI analysis of U.S. Census Bureau 2014–2018 American Community Survey microdata

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