What Do Graduates Earn?

Which graduates earn the most? Which subjects offer the greatest initial salary?

Top 5 subjects for graduate earnings (click on the subject to see the subject league table)

Subject Professional Job Non-Professional Job
Dentistry £30,348 ––
Medicine £28,674 ––
Chemical Engineering £28,641 £16,111
General Engineering £27,452 £15,716
Complementary Medicine £26,658 ––

Check out your subject below, and compare salaries for professional (graduate) and non-professional jobs.

Subject Professional Job Non-Professional Job
Accounting & Finance £22,348 £17,419
Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering £24,969 £17,495
Agriculture & Forestry £19,823 £15,456
American Studies £19,410 £15,280
Anatomy & Physiology £20,831 £14,604
Anthropology £20,102 £16,071
Archaeology £19,979 £14,296
Architecture £18,936 £15,122
Art & Design £18,223 £14,541
Aural & Oral sciences £22,656 £14,369
Biological Sciences £20,094 £15,035
Building £23,712 £15,402
Business & Management Studies £22,979 £16,663
Celtic Studies £18,497 £16,484
Chemical Engineering £28,641 £16,111
Chemistry £22,232 £15,705
Civil Engineering £24,764 £18,303
Classics & Ancient History £21,728 £14,942
Communication & Media Studies £18,212 £15,154
Complementary Medicine £26,658 –– 
Computer Science £23,628 £15,485
Dentistry £30,348 –– 
Drama, Dance & Cinematics £16,932 £14,380
East & South Asian Studies £19,075 £16,154
Economics £26,630 £17,295
Education £21,346 £14,228
Electrical & Electronic Engineering £25,191 £16,331
English £18,741 £14,918
Food Science £20,901 £15,867
French £20,492 £15,969
General Engineering £27,452 £15,716
Geography & Environmental Science £21,210 £15,384
Geology £23,029 £14,676
German £21,232 £14,844
History £20,406 £15,023
History of Art, Architecture & Design £19,274 £15,228
Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism £19,341 £15,913
Iberian Languages £20,171 £16,267
Italian £19,632 £16,103
Land & Property Management £23,733 £17,800
Law £19,699 £16,043
Librarianship & Information Management £24,116 £15,229
Linguistics £18,934 £15,731
Marketing £20,350 £16,059
Materials Technology £20,932 £16,181
Mathematics £24,119 £16,161
Mechanical Engineering £26,420 £16,910
Medical Technology £22,268 £16,679
Medicine £28,674 –– 
Middle Eastern & African Studies £19,441 £16,968
Music £17,484 £15,002
Nursing £22,928 £15,828
Ophthalmics £15,456 –– 
Pharmacology & Pharmacy £19,597 £15,023
Philosophy £21,318 £15,324
Physics & Astronomy £24,976 £14,802
Physiotherapy £22,014 £13,333
Politics £21,940 £16,376
Psychology £18,986 £14,984
Russian & East European Languages £21,518 £15,437
Social Policy £20,308 £15,965
Social Work £24,004 £14,927
Sociology £19,651 £15,370
Sports Science £18,748 £14,677
Theology & Religious Studies £20,427 £14,673
Town & Country Planning and Landscape Design £21,960 £15,741
Veterinary Medicine £26,071 –– 
     
All Subjects £22,057 £15,376
  • Mean salaries of full-time, first degree leavers entering employment or self-employment.
  • For other destination figures, including further study and unemployment please see the full table.

Source: HESA 2013-14
Published August 2015

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