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III-4g: Boost in Median Annual Earnings Associated with Obtaining an Advanced Degree, by Gender and Field of Undergraduate Degree, 2015*

* For full-time workers; that is, those who worked 35 or more hours per week for 50 or more weeks in the previous 12 months. Advanced degree may be in any field. Fields are arranged in descending order of boost for both genders. The “boost” is calculated as a proportion of terminal bachelor degree holders’ earnings. For the dollar amounts into which these proportions translate, see the supporting table associated with this indicator.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 American Community Survey Public-Use Microdata Sample. Data analyzed and presented by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Humanities Indicators (

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