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$100,000 salary for these university graduates

The most lucrative university degrees have been revealed, with one paying $100,000 to new graduates.

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Aussies with these degrees are earning massive salaries straight out of university. (Source: Getty)

Thinking about a career change? Well, if you study one of these degrees, you could earn up to $100,000 straight out of university.

A new survey of more than 130,000 recent university graduates revealed the highest-paying graduate jobs.

Dentistry graduates were the highest-paid, raking in $100,000 after university, on average. This was followed by medicine at $79,800 and social work at $75,000.

On average, the government-endorsed survey found Aussie graduates were earning $68,000 across all study areas, with 78.5 per cent of graduates finding full-time employment.

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On the other end of the scale, Aussies who studied pharmacy had the lowest graduate salary at $52,200, followed by “tourism, hospitality, personal services, sport and recreation” at $54,800, creative arts at $56,800 and communications at $60,000.

There was also a clear gender pay gap straight after university, with male graduates earning $2,000 more than females, on average.

“The gender gap in undergraduate salaries immediately upon graduation can be explained, in part, by the fact that females are more likely to graduate from study areas which receive lower levels of remuneration,” the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching report said.

Areas with the biggest pay gaps included tourism, hospitality, personal services, sport and recreation ($9,400), architecture and built environment ($8,000), creative arts ($5,000) and law and paralegal studies ($4,800).

The report also revealed the Aussie universities with the highest-paid graduates. The top spot went to the University of Tasmania ($78,300), followed by the University of Southern Queensland ($75,000), Central Queensland University ($73,100) and Charles Darwin University ($73,100).

Highest-paid graduate jobs

Here were the 10 highest-paid graduate jobs for Aussies:

  1. Dentistry - $100,000

  2. Medicine - $79,800

  3. Social work - $75,000

  4. Teacher education - $72,200

  5. Engineering - $71,500

  6. Agriculture and environmental studies - $70,000

  7. Law and paralegal studies - $70,000

  8. Rehabilitation - $69,500

  9. Health services and support - $69,400

  10. Computing and information systems - $69,000

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