Feb 12, 2018

Salary gains for female graduates in engineering

Salary gains for female graduates in engineering

The pay gap between men and women who have just graduated from university and are working full-time in their chosen field narrowed to $1100 or 1.9 per cent in 2017, from 6.4 per cent in 2016.

But in engineering, female graduates notched up a median salary of $65,000 compared to $63,500 for men, according to the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey results.

This compared to $62,300 and $62,600 respectively the previous year. (See table below)

Engineers Australia Queensland manager Stacey Rawlings said the group was aware of data indicating that female engineering graduates had been earning more than males in some sectors for several years now.

“Reports that this is now across-the-board for all engineering occupations is a welcome indicator that employers are recognising the value of having a diverse workforce,” she said.

“Women still make up a small percentage of all engineering graduates, so it is little wonder that a scarce and valuable pool of workers is able to command a higher salary.

“A sobering reality, however, is that there is still a wide gap in pay between male and female professionals in engineering-intensive sectors. In construction, men earn 23 per cent more than women, in consulting it is 22 per cent and in manufacturing it is 14 per cent.”

The GOS is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training, and in 2016 and 2017 was administered by the Social Research Centre.

The 2017 GOS was primarily conducted as a national online survey among 97 higher education institutions.

It found 71.8 per cent of undergraduates were in full-time employment four months after completing their degree in 2017, up from 70.9 per cent in the previous year.

The areas with the highest graduate salaries were dentistry at $78,300, medicine, $70,300, engineering, $64,000, and teacher education, $63,500.

In 2017, postgraduate coursework graduates from business and management, dentistry, computing and information systems, and engineering received the highest median salaries of $109,000, $102,200, $88,700 and $87,000 respectively.

View the full report HERE.

Undergraduate median full-time salaries by study area, 2016 and 2017

Study area Male ($) 2016 Male ($) 2017 Female ($) 2016* Female ($) 2017 Total ($) 2016 Total ($) 2017
Science and mathematics 60,000 59,200 54,000 56,900 55,200 57,500
Computing and Information Systems 59,500 60,000 60,000 58,000 60,000 59,900
Engineering 62,600 63,500 62,300 65,000 62,600 64,000
Architecture and built environment 59,000 60,000 50,000 52,200 55,000 56,400
Agriculture and environmental studies 57,000  57,400 53,500 55,000 55,000 55,800
Health services and support 64,000 62,600 58,200 60,500 59,500 61,300
Medicine 70,000 71,000 68,200 70,000 69,200 70,300
Nursing 60,500 62,000 58,400 60,000 58,400 60,000
Pharmacy 43,800 45,900 43,600 43,800 43,800 44,200
Dentistry 84,000 94,600 82,800 75,100 83,500 78,300
Veterinary science n/a n/a 50,000 50,600 50,000 51,600
Rehabilitation 60,700 62,600 59,000 60,500 60,000 61,500
Teacher education 63,600 65,000 62,600 63,400 62,900 63,500
Business and management 57,000 58,000 53,000 55,000 55,000 55,200
Humanities, culture and social sciences 57,400 59,600 54,800 55,100 55,000 57,000
Social work 60,500 63,200 60,000 62,500 60,000 62,600
Psychology 54,000 60,000 54,800 56,600 54,800 57,600
Law and paralegal studies 63,000 63,000 57,400 58,000 60,000 60,000
Creative arts 50,000 49,600 47,000 47,200 48,000 48,000
Communications 48,000 50,000 48,000 50,000 48,000 50,000
Tourism, hospitality, personal services, sport and recreation n/a 55,000 51,400 51,800 52,200 52,200
All study areas* 60,000 60,100 56,400 59,000 57,900 60,000
Standard deviation 8,300 9,600 8,400 7,400 8,300 7,500

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