The wage gap between men and women compounds over time and generally increases with educational level. The lifetime earnings gap rises from just under $548,000 for high school graduates to more than $1.6 million for those with professional degrees.
Source: Analysis of U.S. Census Bureau Current Population Survey data, Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, 2018 (unpublished)
Data for the graphic are as follows:
|Education Level||Lost Lifetime Earnings|
|High School Graduate||$547,900|
|Some College, No Degree||$628,600|