- The average high school graduate earns more than $10,000 annually than a dropout and $6,000 more than someone with a GED. This amounts to over one half of a million additional dollars in your lifetime.
- According to the U.S. Census Bureau, a high school graduate will out earn a dropout by 50% (over $10,000 annually).
- 80% of those in prison are dropouts. (Office of Juvenile Justice)
- Dropouts are 72% more likely to be unemployed. (U.S. Dept. of Labor)
- 98% of dropouts will never own a home. (Northeastern University)
- Female dropouts were six times more likely to have given birth than their peers who were graduates.
*Note: Data are for persons age 25 and over. Earnings are for full-time wage and salary workers and do not include the self-employed.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey