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Post-Secondary Employment Outcomes for South Carolina

Post-Secondary Employment Outcomes for South Carolina

By Taylor Hendrix, Workforce Insights Analyst

Group of college students

Post-secondary education accounts for any form of education after high school. Post-secondary employment outcomes, or PSEO, data provide earnings and employment outcomes for college and university graduates by degree level, degree major, and post-secondary institution. These statistics are generated by matching university transcript data with a national database of jobs and are made possible through data-sharing partnerships between universities, university systems, State Departments of Education, State Labor Market Information offices, and the U.S. Census Bureau. [1]

Average Median Earnings by PSEO and Year

The below figure shows the average median earnings by PSEO and year, with year 10 equating to the highest average earnings and year one equating to the lowest average earnings. The Doctoral – Research/Studies award level has the highest entry-level wages at just under $70K. Year 10 wages show the highest average wage, with each year increasing by about $10K.

 

Award Level

Year 1

Year 5

Year 10

Certificate <1 Year

$29,601

$38,221

$43,162

Certificate 1-2 Years

$31,217

$39,816

$45,829

Certificate 2-4 Years

$25,968

$35,535

$40,930

Associates

$36,589

$43,780

$49,680

Bachelor’s

$34,823

$48,783

$59,746

Master’s

$50,385

$61,081

$69,966

Doctoral – Professional Practice

$60,236

$101,519

$116,043

Doctoral – Research/Studies

$69,966

$87,624

$97,832

Total Average

$37,271

$48,918

$57,678

 

Classification of Instruction Programs Graduate Employment

The Classification of Instruction Programs, or CIP codes, is a systematic aid in the method of measuring educational pathways and program completion activity among graduates for PSEO data. There are a total of 54 CIP codes that encompass all industries within the workforce. The CIP code with the most employment overall is the Library Science program with 1,647 graduates, followed by the Engineering program with 1,118 graduates. Rounding out the top three is the Education program with 867 graduates. See below for a data table reflecting this information.

 

CIP Code

CIP Label

Year 1 Employed

Year 5 Employed

Year 10 Employed

Total

25

Library Science

633

612

402

1,647

14

Engineering

412

405

301

1,118

15

Education

359

308

200

867

51

Health Professions and Related Programs

326

326

212

864

52

Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

346

317

191

854

 


[1] U.S. Census Bureau, Longitudinal Employer Household Dynamics: Post-Secondary Employment Outcomes (PSEO), https://lehd.ces.census.gov/data/pseo_experimental.html