EdPays - Education Pays for Texas


This website is the result of a partnership between the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and College Measures, as part of the State’s efforts to provide information to the public to help inform their educational decision making process. Here, we provide information about graduates from Texas public institutions who are working in the Texas labor market. The data reflect earnings of students who graduated in 2004, 2009, and 2013. The wages were extracted from Unemployment Insurance (UI) Wage Records for employment in Texas provided by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The employment data do not include employees outside of Texas.

The state higher education strategic plan, 60x30TX, aims to increase the percentage of 25- to 34-year-olds in Texas who hold a certificate or degree. The goal focuses on 25- to 34-year-olds as an indicator of the economic future of the state and its ability to remain globally competitive. The state’s large population makes the Texas economy similar in size to that of many countries. Within this global context, the state has seen a relative decline in educational attainment among this younger population.

Please keep in mind when viewing this website, earnings may be related to geographical area of employment. A number of graduates are pursuing further education in Texas or nationally and therefore are not in the workforce; furthermore, a number of Texas graduates are working in other states and/or are self-employed and are also not accounted for in this dataset or website.

Questions about data included in the tool should be directed to Gabriela.Borcoman@THECB.state.tx.us.