WA university graduates earn the highest salaries in the country, according to the latest Good Universities Guide.
Each of WA’s five universities was awarded a maximum five-star rating in the 2018 guide, released today, for median starting salaries.
The University of WA had the highest graduate starting salary, but all had median salaries above the national average of $56,000.
However, analysis of Australia-wide data shows that many graduates struggle to get a job, with 30 per cent unable to secure full-time employment within four months of graduation.
Murdoch University received five stars for starting salary in seven fields of study, including nursing, psychology and teaching.
Notre Dame University achieved five stars across eight of the guide’s 13 categories, including teaching quality and overall experience.
Edith Cowan University got five stars for teaching quality for a record 11 years in a row.
Curtin University was rated five stars for skills development and learner engagement.
Ratings used in the Guide are based on Federal Government surveys of students’ and graduates’ experiences at university.
To achieve a five-star rating in any category, a university has to score in the top 20 per cent of all higher education institutions Australia-wide.
Good Education Group chief executive Chris Lester said WA excelled in education fields such as health care and social services, predicted to have strong growth in future.
“WA may be experiencing a slowing economy since the mining boom subsided, but their results indicate they’re well-placed for jobs of the future,” he said.
This article originally appeared in The West Australian – WA uni graduates enjoy highest wages in country