While Sydney and Melbourne universities often get the best press for education standards, a Queensland university has taken the title of the Australian uni that produces the richest graduates for the third consecutive year.
University of Southern Queensland graduates recorded a median salary of $65,200, according to the latest Good Universities Guide, putting it $5,200 above the national mean of $60,000.
The top spot was shared with Charles Darwin University.
A Good Education spokesperson told Courier Mail student demographics and local economies impacted graduate outcomes.
He said USQ and Charles Darwin were both regional universities, and both had a comparatively low proportion of student commencing directly from high school, which could have contributed to their top spot.
USQ Vice Chancellor, Professor Geraldine Mackenzie, said the results reflected the university’s focus on producing job-ready graduates.
“We have partnered with industry and listened to students and these results are reflective of this focus,” she said.
“At USQ we strive to create a learning environment that is exciting and innovative using the latest in digital learning technology and research.
“Our staff and students are the reason for these results and why USQ is a vibrant, stimulating and supportive place to work and study.”
The top 10 Universities for graduate salaries
University of Southern Queensland: $65,200
Charles Darwin: $65,200
University of Tasmania: $65,000
University of New England: $64,700
CQ University: $64,600
University of Notre Dame: $64,000
Charles Sturt University: $63,400
Edith Cowan University: $62,600
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