Re: [R] Way OT: Anyone know where to get data on relationship between education and salary

From: Gene Leynes <>
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2011 07:25:24 -0500

This is an amazing website which would definitely have what you want, probably in many ways.

There are a wealth of data sources, and the GUI is very intuitive and interesting. I encourage you to view a few samples to get an idea of what you can do with the "trendanalyizer" software, and then make your own.

Here is an example that I found very powerful. It's not related to income and education, however it shows a good example of how to use the website:

Of course you can do the same things in R, and in fact I think there was a discussion about it here in r-help about a TED presentation that used gapminder. However, this particular website has a lot of pre-loaded information data, and a pretty simple interface.


On Mon, Apr 18, 2011 at 11:44 PM, Mark Dalphin <>wrote:

> Hi Paul,
> I don't have a good answer to your request, but you might find something
> looking around the US Department of Labor's site: "Overview of BLS Wage Data
> by Area and Occupation" (BLS = Bureau of Labor Statistics).
> A quick glance doesn't show me "education" associated with these data, but
> I am not looking hard. Most of the rest of the information you want appears
> to be present.
> Regards,
> Mark Dalphin
> Paul wrote:
>> I'm sorry for the way OT post, but here goes. I'm an informatics
>> specialist, and R user. My wife is a secondary school maths teacher.
>> My wife recently tried to explain to her class the link between education
>> and potential salary, and I would love to be able to show this graphically,
>> however, I cannot find any freely available data for this. Does anyone know
>> of a suitable dataset, or where I might find one ?Ideally salary, maximum
>> education level, age, sex, industry and some form of geographic location
>> would be amazing. Alternatively, are you aware of any public organisations
>> that would have this information and might divulge it under the freedom of
>> information act ?
>> Thanks in advance
>> Paul.
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