Income distribution of Ph.D. holders in South Korea 2018, by university origin

This statistic shows the percentage distribution of annual income earned by Ph.D. holders in South Korea as of August 2018, by university location. In 2018, 47.6 percent of the Ph.D. holders who had acquired their degree from a university in the Seoul Capital Area (SCA) earned more than 50 million South Korean won of annual income.

Percentage breakdown of annual income of Ph.D. holders in South Korea in 2018, by university location

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Release date

March 2019


South Korea

Survey time period

November 14 to February 23, 2018; May 17 to August 27, 2018

Number of respondents

8,806 respondents

Special properties

Online survey was simultaneously conducted along with questionnaire*

Method of interview


Supplementary notes

* The survey was conducted as a complete enumeration targeting graduates who obtained their Ph.D. degree from universities in South Korea in 2018.

** The Seoul Capital Area (SCA) is the metropolitan area located in north-west South Korea covering cities and a province such as Seoul, Incheon and Gyeonggi-do.

Note: 1,000 South Korean won equal 0.84 U.S. dollars and 0.76 euros (as of August 2019).

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