Don’t pick a university based purely on rankings if you valued monetary benefits and wanted a higher pay upon graduation!
At least that’s what the Department of Education and Training suggests on their new website, QILT.
Quality indicators for learning and teaching – or QILT for short – is a new website recently launched by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training, and it covers surveyed results of students’ experiences and job outcomes after graduating.
As per the website’s mission statement, the QILT rankings aims to increase transparency between universities to help aspiring students make informed choices on further education by factoring criteria outside university reputation and rankings, such as those regularly published by Times Higher Education and QS.
For most of us, me included, the dream of a good career that paid the big bucks started from finding and attending a reputable university. The belief was that good and reputable universities produced graduates that were highly sought after, and therefore commanded a pay premium compared to less reputable universities.
The relationship, I thought, was very much a linear one – reputable university means high pay, less reputable meant lower pay.Well, turns out my belief of the linear relationship was entirely incorrect if the data compiled by the QILT rankings is to be believed.
The QILT rankings survey has uncovered that graduates from the top 10 Australian universities received a pay median of $56,260, compared to those outside of the top 10 receiving a median of $59,000 in wages.
That’s right – “reputable university graduates gets paid more” myth BUSTED!
Some other interesting facts to come out from comparing universities “within top 10” and “outside top 10” rankings :
- 76% to 87% of graduates outside top 10 universities were employed after leaving university, compared to only 67% to 78% within top 10 university graduates
- University of Divinity (yep I’ve never heard of them too!) scored an amazing 91.7% positive on student experience, compared to only 83.6% of Australia’s #1 Melbourne University
- Hard to believe, but University of Divinity also had the most of its graduates employed in the workforce on graduation
- University of Western Australia had the highest starting graduate salary of $63,000 despite only placing 7th best, all due to the mining boom (survey data was taken between 2012-2013)
There are plenty of other interesting comparisons you could do on the website, like compare student satisfaction between universities on a particular course, for example.
One thing of note is that the QILT website is still new so you might find that data collated might still be limited. The good news is that it will probably get better over time as more participants contribute to the results.
Of course, this is just another tool you could use for research to find the perfect university. I’ve definitely learned something new about universities and pay levels from this website, and wished I had access to it when i was searching for a university back in 2001.
And because I love you, my readers, I’ve created an interactive table drawing data from QILT that allows you sort and filter information to your heart’s content – go crazy and have fun!
|University||Graduates employed %||Starting salary $||Uni experience post graduation %||Australian Uni Ranking||World Uni Ranking|
|University of Melbourne||72.2||55,000.00||83.6||1||33|
|Australian National University||72.4||57,900.00||85.5||2||52|
|University of Sydney||69.4||55,000.00||79.1||3||56|
|University of Queensland||75.8||56,700.00||83.4||4||60|
|University of New South Wales||78.3||58,000.00||81.3||6||82|
|University of Western Australia||73.4||63,000.00||80.3||7||98|
|University of Adelaide||69.7||58,000.00||83.7||8||113|
|University of Technology Sydney||72.2||53,000.00||81.1||9||218|
|University of Wollongong||76.8||55,000.00||90.4||11||243|
|University of Newcastle||69.3||55,000.00||83.3||12||256|
|Queensland University of Technology||74.0||54,000.00||84.3||13||263|
|University of South Australia||76.7||52,000.00||85.4||16||288|
|University of Tasmania||68.6||55,000.00||80.6||19||379|
|James Cook University||76.3||55,000.00||83.9||20||387|
|La Trobe University||70.8||50,000.00||81.0||21||394|
|Swinburne University of Technology||66.4||50,000.00||85.7||22||500|
|Charles Darwin University||85.5||58,600.00||82.0||25||600|
|University of Canberra||72.8||55,000.00||80.2||25||600|
|University of New England||76.2||60,000.00||87.6||29||650|
|Western Sydney University||63.9||50,000.00||84.5||29||650|
|Charles Sturt University||84.2||58,000.00||76.5||31||700|
|Edith Cowan University||65.4||58,000.00||85.6||31||700|
|University of Southern Queensland||85.2||60,000.00||81.0||31||700|
|University of Divinity||87.0||55,000.00||91.7||100||700|
|Australian Catholic University||74.1||54,000.00||79.9||100||700|
|Central Queensland University||83.1||58,000.00||80.9||100||700|
|Federation University Australia||74.5||55,000.00||81.6||100||700|
|Southern Cross University||69.3||53,000.00||79.3||100||700|
|The University of Notre Dame||82.0||58,000.00||88.0||100||700|
|University of the Sunshine Coast||63.6||50,000.00||87.0||100||700|