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Male graduates get bigger earnings boost than women

Graduates still command higher wages than non-graduates but men with a degree earn more than their female peers in every industry, government data show.

According to graduate earnings data published by the Department for Education on 25 April, in 2018 the median salary of graduates aged 21 to 30 was £25,500—£4,500 more than the median salary of non-graduates. The premium was even bigger for workers with a postgraduate qualification, who earned £9,000 more than non-graduates with annual median pay packets of £30,000.

However, in all industries listed by the DfE, male graduates commanded higher wages than females graduates, while median salaries were £3,500 higher for men with degrees and postgraduate degrees than their female counterparts, at £28,000 and £32,000 respectively.

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