BALTIMORE, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- On average, graduates of community college earn more than high school graduates, a University of Maryland study suggests.
The study found women graduates with a 2-year community college degree community earned 45.8 percent more annually than women with just high school degrees, said doctoral student Dave Marcotte, who conducted the study.
Men who graduated with a 2-year community college degree, on average, earned 12.2 percent more a year than men who graduated from high school only, Marcotte said.
The average expected lifetime earnings for a graduate with a 2-year degree was $1.6 million -- about $400,000 more than what a high school graduate earned, the study found.
Marcotte analyzed data from 11,559 people in the National Education Longitudinal Survey, which follows school and work histories, Eureka said in a release Friday. Details of his study were published in this month's issue of Contemporary Economic Policy.