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Oxbridge Mathmo Salaries?

Looking at Maths, a subject which Cambridge is traditionally considered ‘better’ in, Cambridge grads earn 43k after 5 years with a sample size of 140. Oxford grads earn 53k (10k more) after 5 years with a sample of 195. Both are based on data from 2010-2012.

Is this just sample variance, or is there a reason Oxford Mathmos on average get paid more?
Reply 1
If the data is from 2010-12, then surely these people graduated in the mid-2000s? Under very different economic conditions to today? In which case there's nothing of value in these statistics
Reply 2
Original post by Sinnoh
If the data is from 2010-12, then surely these people graduated in the mid-2000s? Under very different economic conditions to today? In which case there's nothing of value in these statistics

Yes, but why would changing economic conditions change the difference between the two?

Unless during that time period Cambridge was less reputed, would there be any difference?
Reply 3
Original post by crashcody
Yes, but why would changing economic conditions change the difference between the two?

Unless during that time period Cambridge was less reputed, would there be any difference?


Anything could be the reason for this - maybe there were more Cambridge graduates going into academia, maybe an Oxford graduate won the lottery. It might all be different now, it might have been different the previous year or the next year, it might have changed five times since then. What other people's salaries were isn't an indication of what yours will be, and has zero basis on what doing the course will actually be like. Pick the course you'd rather study.
I’d hazard a guess that Cambridge would be more likely to attract genuine mathematicians who are studying it for the love of the subject (and possibly who become academics afterwards), whilst Oxford might be a bit more likely to attract maths students who just want an Oxbridge degree to use as a stepping stone into a lucrative career.

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