Does anyone know where I can find data regarding the median income of college graduates by county in the US? Can't seem to find it searching through the census website.

The goal here is to obtain an opportunity cost basis to explore geographic wage differences in one field. I will be taking a ratio of field wage to this median income data. It would be more meaningful if I could find estimates of median income by educational attainment, rather than just general population data.


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Try looking at the Current Population Survey. Using a tool like DataFerret you can find education (PEEDUCA) and income (HUFAMINC), along with the county code. That gives you the micro data, finding median income by education level can then be done in your statistics package of choice.

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    $\begingroup$ The CPS is about has about 60,000 households per month to cover 3,144 counties, so to further cut it up by college education (about 50% of adults have an associates degree, bachelors degree, or higher) may mean income estimates coming from very few observations in some counties. If you don't care about the high frequency time variation and therefore can pool observations over time (say yearly or higher), this may be fine. $\endgroup$
    – BKay
    Mar 31, 2015 at 14:12

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