Postsecondary students five years after graduation: How much do they earn?

Release date: December 4, 2019

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Postsecondary students five years after graduation: How much do they earn?

Nearly 180,000 postsecondary graduates of 2012, aged 15 to 64, entered the labour market after graduation and were still in the labour market five years later.Footnote 1

Fields of study with the highest median employment income,Footnote 2 five years after graduation:

College-level diploma

  • Engineering technology $64,800
  • Mechanics and repair, architecture, construction and precision production $58,600
  • Physical and chemical science $51,800

Undergraduate degree

  • Engineering technology $78,000
  • Engineering $77,600
  • Nursing $75,100

Master's degree

  • Nursing $97,100
  • Law $94,600
  • Business and related studies $93,700
Median employment income two and five years after graduation:
Educational qualification 2 years later 5 years later
College-level certificate $35,100 $38,300
College-level diploma $41,400 $45,300
Undergraduate degree $46,600 $56,800
Professional degreeFootnote 3 $79,500 $94,300
Master's degree $65,700 $74,500
Doctoral degree $61,100 $78,800

Of the 346,200 graduates of the 2012 class, 94,570 returned to school full time at some point in the five years after graduation.

Did you know? While STEMFootnote 4 graduates with a college-level certificate, college-level diploma or undergraduate degree earn more than their BHASE (non-STEM) counterparts both two and five years after graduation, BHASE graduates with a master's degree or doctoral degree earn more than their STEM counterparts.

Source: Statistics Canada. Postsecondary Student Information System (PSIS), 2009/2010 to 2015/2016 and T1 Family File (T1FF), 2011 to 2017.

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