Cool. Another marriage study for our parents to throw in our respective faces, usually packaged within an email that has the subject line, "WHEN WILL I HAVE GRANDCHILDREN?!" Except, wait, this one is chocked full of good (hey, even empowering) news for all those single ladies. In fact, the very in-depth but still approachable study, courtesy of a whole host of educational institutes titled Knot Yet, breaks down the earning potential of those who marry below the average age of marriage, and those who marry above the average age. (For women, the median age is 27, dudes are at 29). The study explains that ladies who wait until their 30s to get married end up making significantly more, especially if they've got a college degree.
This assumption makes a relative amount of sense, because it implies that the college-educated woman who waits until her 30s to get married has put in a couple of years focusing on her career — and, according to the study, the benefit is significant: College-educated women who marry later enjoy a $18,152 increase in annual personal income than their college-going sisters who marry young. (Between non-college educated ladies, women who marry in their 30s make more, but only about $4K more on average.) The implication is, then, that focusing on career instead of getting hitched does indeed pay off. (And it pays off in a couple of ways, because people who get married older tend to have lower divorce rates, too, the survey says.)
Photo: Courtesy of twentysomethingmarriage.org.
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