Annual income of U.S. graduates in FT positions 2009, by mal-employment status

This statistic shows the mean annual income earned by university graduates in the United States in 2009, by their mal-employment status (the rate at which university graduates are employed in jobs below their qualification level). A differentiation is made between the type of degree that graduates held. In 2009, the average income of someone who held a Master's degree, but was mal-employment was 49,609 U.S. dollars per year. For those who had found a job related to their professional qualifications the average income was 86,723 U.S. dollars per year.

Mean annual income of university graduates employed in full-time positions in the United States 2009, by mal-employment status and degree type

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Release date

June 2012


United States

Survey time period


Supplementary notes

Mal-employment refers to graduates who accept jobs well below their skill set or professional capacity.

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