What do graduates earn?

Here you can see which graduates earn the most, and compare the salaries for graduate and non-graduate jobs.

  • The graduate premium (the difference between the average salary for those starting graduate employment or self-employment, and the average salary for those starting non-graduate employment or self-employment) shows you the difference will a degree make to your starting salary after graduation.
  • We suggest you also take a look at the top graduate employers (you can see them listed by employer and by region). 
Subject Graduate
employment or
self-employment
Non-graduate
employment or
self-employment
Dentistry £30,775  ––
Medicine £29,383  ––
Geology £29,182 £14,558
Chemical Engineering £27,722 £16,000
Economics £26,940 £16,630
General Engineering £26,294 £19,859
Mechanical Engineering £25,703 £16,761
Veterinary Medicine £25,690 £18,880
Mathematics £24,296 £16,196
Electrical and Electronic Engineering £24,214 £15,510
Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering £24,133 £16,008
Physics & Astronomy £23,964 £16,687
Civil Engineering £23,707 £15,774
Social Work £23,445 £14,391
East and South Asian Studies £22,922 £18,429
Complementary Medicine £22,818 £14,205
Computer Science £22,793 £15,780
Nursing £22,626 £17,403
Politics £22,479 £15,251
Business & Management Studies £22,103 £15,910
Medical Technology £22,050 £13,542
Building £21,864 £15,807
Russian and East European Languages £21,799 £13,997
Accounting & Finance £21,383 £16,179
Philosophy £21,350 £14,624
Physiotherapy £21,244 £14,595
Chemistry £21,211 £14,959
Materials Technology £21,141 £14,655
Classics & Ancient History £21,116 £14,806
Librarianship & Information Management £21,114 £17,760
Education £20,992 £13,946
Anthropology £20,963 £13,792
Middle Eastern and African Studies £20,717  ––
Land and Property Management £20,658 £13,813
Geography & Environmental Science £20,640 £14,617
Town and Country Planning and Landscape £20,606 £15,164
Pharmacology & Pharmacy £20,569 £15,374
Aural & Oral Sciences £20,536 £13,816
French £20,215 £15,476
Italian £20,096 £15,996
Anatomy & Physiology £20,080 £14,199
Food Science £20,040 £14,957
German £20,013 £14,953
History £19,918 £14,612
Theology & Religious Studies £19,856 £14,594
Biological Sciences £19,741 14142
Iberian Languages £19,640 £15,143
Law £19,629 £14,916
Marketing £19,401 £15,580
History of Art, Architecture and Design £19,320 £15,196
Sociology £18,908 £14,574
Agriculture and Forestry £18,691 £14,868
American Studies £18,659 £14,971
Architecture £18,641 £14,860
Social Policy £18,583 £14,093
Linguistics £18,577 £14,656
Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism £18,468 £15,065
Psychology £18,373 £14,232
Sports Science £18,347 £14,317
English £18,286 £14,129
Archaeology £18,138 £13,847
Communication and Media Studies £17,930 £14,443
Music £17,714 £14,187
Art & Design £17,635 £13,929
Drama, Dance and Cinematics £17,584 £14,306
Celtic Studies £16,120 £14,249
Ophthalmics £13,722 £15,905
     
All Subjects £21,762 £14,801
  • 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 2010-11
Published April 2013

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