The 2001 Census clearly showed that the chances of making it to the top earnings levels are directly associated with educational attainment, and particularly with a university degree.

In 2000, more than 60% of earners in the lowest earnings category (less than $20,000) had no more than a high school education. However, more than 60% of earners in the top category ($100,000 or more) had a university degree.

  • Less than high school graduation certificate = $21,230
  • College certificate or diploma = $32,736
  • University certificate, diploma or degree = $48,648

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