The average monthly salary of new graduates from all of Guangdong's universities was RMB 3,130 in 2015. This statistic comes from an annual report published by the Guangdong Education Bureau.
The report also shows data on different majors studied by students with the pay awarded for different degrees, including postgraduate, undergraduate and junior college.
Postgraduates whose majors are management, engineering and economics received the highest salaries, roughly more than RMB 7,000 per month. In contrast, the agriculture majors received the lowest average salary, RMB 4,419 per month.
The largest share of students with bachelor degrees majored in education and accounted for 10.13 percent of the total number of undergraduates, followed by majors in business and software and information technology.
Interestingly, the undergraduates earning the highest salaries were those who studied philosophy. The report suggests the reason was that only a few reputable universities have established courses in philosophy, and they recruit a small number of students. Only 145 philosophy majors graduated in 2015, among the 220,000 overall graduates province-wide. Most of the philosophy majors tend to work in government jobs or in the real estate industry.
For junior college students, those who studied stewarding earned more than others, reaching average salaries of RMB 4,089 per month, followed by students in electrified railway technology (RMB 3,920) and urban rail transit control (RMB 3,601). The students with lowest salaries were majors in clinical medicine (RMB 2,079) and Chinese medicine (RMB 2,119).
(By Jessie Huang, Louis Berney)