Education for Higher Wages
When we think of changing how much people earn, we often think in terms of minimum wage and living wages. However, there’s more to income than that. Many social, personal, and professional factors go into deciding your wages, but many people may have a harder time understanding how this affects them.
One of the major factors affecting your future and your wages is your education. That’s why, when we talk about wages, we also need to consider where we came from before we can make a change. So, let’s take a look at some of the ways an education can affect you and how you can vote to even the playing field.
A Degree Can Affect Your Wages
Many of us have seen the statistics about the average income of people who have different levels of degrees. On average, people with high school diplomas will earn less than those with associate, bachelor, or professional degrees. For most of us, this makes sense. You expect a janitor to make less than South Carolina injury lawyers, for example.
However, the lower wages that many under-educated people receive are simply not enough to feed their families. They may have to take on two or more jobs that don’t require higher education just to feed their families. We want to focus on making sure families like this have support by focusing on raising the wages to a fair amount.
The Cost of College
When discussing wages for people without degrees, many people suggest that the solution is to get a college degree. Unfortunately, that’s not always a simple or easy option for South Carolina workers.
First, the cost of college is high. The average amount of debt for students finishing college is more than $37,000, and that may be too high for many people to afford. Worse, there are fewer opportunities for scholarships and grants for older adults than there are for those fresh out of high school.
That leaves many people in a difficult situation. They may not be able to afford college, and their living expenses are too high for a minimum-wage job. Because of this, it’s important to think, not just about how much jobs that don’t require an education pay, but also how to help more people afford an education.
Vote for Better Education and Higher Wages
While you may have already finished your college education and moved on with a better job, many people are stuck between a rock and a hard place. Education isn’t affordable, but a single minimum-wage job isn’t an option either.
That’s why we as voters are talking about the wage differences based on education and what we can do to make changes. Many politicians have plans to change our education system and, in turn, that can affect wages.
If you’re concerned about your wages and your future, take a closer look at the plans for change that many candidates are considering. These votes can affect your livelihood and your future, so get the information you need about your local candidates and laws before you vote.