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