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Earnings

Further information

Most graduates have some interest in what the going ‘market rate’ is for their field of study.

Factors that will influence starting salaries and lead to some variation include:

  • hours worked in an average week
  • professional registration requirements and industry views of competency level
  • age and level of previous experience
  • market demand as reflected by relative levels of graduate supply and demand.

Starting salaries

The 2011 Graduate Destinations Survey revealed that the median starting salary for UWA bachelor degree graduates in full-time work was $57,000.

As Table 3 below demonstrates, the starting salary for a UWA bachelor degree graduate has consistently been at superior levels to that observed nationally and for Western Australia.

Table 3 - Graduate median starting salaries 2002-2011 (Australian resident first bachelor degree graduates.)
Year UWA All WA Universities All Australian Universities
2011 $57,000 $53,000 $51,000
2010 $56,000 $50,000 $50,000
2009 $53,000 $50,250 $49,000
2008 $50,000 $47,000 $46,000
2007 $47,000 $42,700 $44,000
2006 $42,000 $40,000 $40,800
2005 $42,000 $39,000 $40,000
2004 $40,000 $37,000 $38,000
2003 $38,000 $36,000 $37,000
2002 $35,300 $35,000 $35,500