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Compare Study Options

Compare earning and employment information for different study areas.

Compare Study Options

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Diploma: Total

Median salary two years after study:

$32,457

$28,743

1 year
after study

$32,457

2 years
after study

$39,307

5 years
after study

49%

Employment rate two years after study

Status one year after study

Bachelors: Total

Median salary two years after study:

$43,486

$37,959

1 year
after study

$43,486

2 years
after study

$51,627

5 years
after study

64%

Employment rate two years after study

Status one year after study

About the Compare Study Options tool

  • If you get a search result saying “No data available”, there may still be people studying in this area and at that study level. This is because results for searches that correspond to a small number of graduates or for which all students study at a single provider aren’t shown, to avoid the risk of data for an individual being identified.
  • Earnings are median salaries. This is the halfway point in the ranking of earnings – so not everyone has earned this amount. Half of graduates have earned more than this amount and half have earned less.
  • Earnings are actual annual (gross) earnings, and do not take account of hours of work. This means earnings will be understated for any qualification/field of study where there are significant numbers of young graduates in part-time work.
  • Earnings have been converted to 2012 dollars to adjust for inflation.
  • All results are for young, domestic graduates. Young graduates range from 21 years or under for certificate-level qualifications, to 29 years or under for Doctorates. Graduates are only included in the results in those years where they spent at least three months in New Zealand.
  • Earnings data only reflects graduates that have work as their main activity, with graduates in further training and on benefits excluded.
  • The results show what graduates earned and did between 1 April 2010 and 31 March 2012 (the 2011 and 2012 tax years).
  • The percentage of graduates in each destination may not add up to 100%. In accordance with Statistics New Zealand’s data confidentiality requirements, the underlying values are randomly rounded to +/-2 of their actual value.
  • If you would like to read an in-depth report using this data, see the Ministry of Education report: ‘what young graduates earn when they leave study’

  • Find out more about the data used in this tool