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1 Using the Salary Surfer Tool Alice van Ommeren & Ryan Fuller Chancellor's Office Research/TRIS

2 Background on Student Wages Historical wage studies – Student surveys (longitudinal) Recent national trends in wage studies – Matches with state unemployment databases – College Measures (6-7 states, including TX/FL) Future trend – Wages as student outcomes – Accreditation, federal (gainful employment), etc.

3 Chancellor’s Office and Wages Perkins Accountability (1990s) – Unemployment Insurance (EDD) data match ARCC Report (2007-2012) – Systemwide Wage Metric Salary Surfer (2013) – System/College Wage Tracker

4 Objectives/Goals Review methodologies Address limitations & caveats Wage outcomes by discipline Tools and resources Frequent questions Use of wage data What’s next

5 Methodology Two different methodologies – System wage tracker and college wage tracker Completers or graduates are joined with EDDUI wage data using SSNs Both wage methodologies break out by award discipline and award type – 6-digit Taxonomy of Program (TOP) code – Certificates and Associate Degrees

6 Methodology “Graduates” scrubbed of the following: – Still enrolled anywhere in higher education, including CCC after date of award – 21 and under at time of award “Clean leavers” wages measured from -2 to +5 yrs. If person earned >$1 in any reported quarter, they are considered “in” and counted Sum all quarters of wages to student annual wage All data adjusted to current CPI

7 Methodology Differences System Wage Tracker (Salary Surfer) Award completers over 5 academic years Calculate median wages by discipline and award type Median calculated for students with wages 2 years before award, 2 years after and 5 years after award College Wage Tracker (Data Mart) Award completers over 8 academic years Median wages by discipline, award type and “college” Median wages for students 3 years after award

8 System vs. College Methodology College System

9 Salary Surfer (System Wage Tracker) Wages by Discipline Measured median wages at: – 2 years before award (previous employment) – 2 years after award (estimate starting salary) – 5 years after award (approximate journey salary) Minimum n=10 wage matches Includes listing of colleges with programs


11 College Wage Tracker Wages by Discipline by College Median wages for 8 years of graduates at: – 3 years after award date Timeline for measuring 8 years of cohorts at -2 to +5 was too long (15 years) Includes # of awards, and match rate Allows for college comparison & includes locally approved certificates.

12 Data Caveats Data contains wages of occupations covered by CA Unemployment Insurance Excludes military, federal government, self- employed, out of state and unemployed Not able to determine part-time or full-time wages, hours worked not in the EDDUI data. Only students with SSNs (9.2% missing) Wages are adjusted for inflation to current dollars using the California CPI-U

13 High ROI Programs Health fields (by far) – Paramedic, RN/LVN, Rad/Cardio, Resp./PT/PA, Dental, PsychTech, Health Info Tech Police & Fire Academies, Protective Svcs, AJ Wastewater/Environmental Control Electronics/Electric Tech Plumbing/Fabrication Computer Networking, CIS

14 Lower ROI Programs Cosmetology* Fashion/Interior Design Early Child Dev’t Fine/Liberal/Graphic Arts/Music Culinary Arts Things with “Assistant”

15 Analysis Caveats Region/locale significantly impacts wages, so caution in comparing earnings across the state Wages are not necessarily from employment associated with a particular award discipline Wage outcomes should not be a sole measure of institutional effectiveness/program quality Other factors besides earnings motivate students to earn an award in a specific discipline

16 Accessing Tools and Resources Query modules using both methods are available in Datamart – System Wage Tracker & College Wage Tracker Salary Surfer is the same as System Wage Tracker and available at Additional wage resources on our webpagewebpage Median wages by program code are available for colleges in Data-on-Demand


18 Wages by College by Program Data-on-Demand file for each college (password) Degrees, certificates and locally approved certificates all have program codes (SP04) – Five-digit program code unique to the college Wages for every year, starting at 2 years before to 5 years after. Not student level data, aggregated by program and award at your college.

19 Wages by College by Program Example American River College (2006-07) Program (SP04)Before 2Before 1After 1After 2After 3After 4After 5 Registered Nursing $16,948 $12,776 $68,267 $79,021 $88,403 $94,674 $90,947 Respiratory Care $17,108 14,028 57,989 62,797 68,440 72,761 70,337 Physical Science/Math $27,821 43,600 30,367 46,242 68,830 74,479 74,727 Liberal Arts $17,212 18,391 30,367 33,183 39,561 44,077 37,022 General Science $17,484 19,278 33,729 50,793 46,067 59,030 42,843

20 American River College Respiratory Care Associate Deg.

21 Frequent Questions Why are there no wages for certain awards? No wages for awards with less than 10 students within a specific discipline. Why are wages higher for certificates compared to awards in the same discipline? Contributing factors include certificate earners already working in the field, or certificates are specialized, or small number of cases.

22 Using Wage Data and Next Steps Using wages for other purposes – Leavers Study – Research Brief – Skills Builders Salary Surfer II – New EDD data – Include Industry Codes

23 Alice van Ommeren & Ryan Fuller Chancellor's Office Research/TRIS

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