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U.S. Census Bureau Current Population Survey data, Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, 2018 (unpublished)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
Bachelor's Degree $737,000
Master's Degree $1,185,600
Doctoral Degree $781,100
Professional Degree $1,606,600

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