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Graduate Gender Pay Gap

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Unfortunately, a gender pay gap still exists even in graduate jobs. See the table below to discover exactly how much male and female graduates both get paid in each subject area.

We display the median professional* salary earned in each subject group, by both genders, for students who graduated in the academic year 2015–16, and the difference of salary between them.

Colours have been used to highlight which gender has the higher median graduate salary. Click on the subject names to see the best universities for the subject.

Subject Male Median Salary Female Median Salary Difference
   Yellow = females earn more; Grey = males earn more
Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering £26,000 £27,000 £1,000
Materials Technology £23,000 £24,000 £1,000
Russian & East European Languages £21,000 £22,000 £1,000
Social Work £25,000 £26,000 £1,000
Geology £21,000 £21,500 £500
Pharmacology & Pharmacy £18,500 £19,000 £500
Economics £27,000 £27,250 £250
Anatomy & Physiology £22,000 £22,000 £0
Architecture £20,000 £20,000 £0
Biological Sciences £21,000 £21,000 £0
Building £26,000 £26,000 £0
Chemistry £22,500 £22,500 £0
Civil Engineering £26,000 £26,000 £0
Classics & Ancient History £21,000 £21,000 £0
Communication & Media Studies £19,000 £19,000 £0
Creative Writing £18,000 £18,000 £0
Dentistry £31,000 £31,000 £0
Electrical & Electronic Engineering £26,500 £26,500 £0
Librarianship & Information Management £24,000 £24,000 £0
Occupational Therapy £22,128 £22,128 £0
Physics & Astronomy £26,000 £26,000 £0
Town & Country Planning and Landscape Design £23,000 £23,000 £0
Medical Technology £22,128 £22,100 £28
Education £22,500 £22,467 £33
Physiotherapy £22,128 £22,040 £88
Mathematics £25,100 £25,000 £100
Food Science £22,128 £22,000 £128
Nursing £22,128 £22,000 £128
Archaeology £19,000 £18,700 £300
Optometry, Ophthalmology & Orthoptics £15,400 £15,000 £400
Chemical Engineering £27,500 £27,000 £500
General Engineering £27,500 £27,000 £500
Mechanical Engineering £27,000 £26,500 £500
Psychology £20,000 £19,500 £500
Veterinary Medicine £30,000 £29,500 £500
Geography & Environmental Science £21,840 £21,320 £520
American Studies £20,000 £19,266 £734
Social Policy £20,800 £20,000 £800
Accounting & Finance £23,000 £22,000 £1,000
Anthropology £22,000 £21,000 £1,000
Computer Science £25,000 £24,000 £1,000
English £20,000 £19,000 £1,000
Forensic Science £20,000 £19,000 £1,000
Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism £21,000 £20,000 £1,000
Land & Property Management £25,000 £24,000 £1,000
Music £19,000 £18,000 £1,000
Theology & Religious Studies £22,000 £21,000 £1,000
Sociology £21,034 £20,000 £1,034
History £22,000 £20,838 £1,162
French £23,000 £21,750 £1,250
Art & Design £20,000 £18,500 £1,500
Law £20,500 £19,000 £1,500
History of Art, Architecture & Design £22,000 £20,280 £1,720
Business & Management Studies £23,800 £22,000 £1,800
Sports Science £20,000 £18,200 £1,800
Agriculture & Forestry £22,000 £20,000 £2,000
Drama, Dance & Cinematics £20,000 £18,000 £2,000
Marketing £22,000 £20,000 £2,000
Medicine £32,000 £30,000 £2,000
Politics £24,000 £22,000 £2,000
East & South Asian Studies £24,000 £21,500 £2,500
Iberian Languages £24,000 £21,500 £2,500
Aural & Oral Sciences £25,000 £22,000 £3,000
German £23,000 £20,000 £3,000
Italian £23,000 £20,000 £3,000
Philosophy £24,000 £21,000 £3,000
Linguistics £23,000 £19,500 £3,500
Middle Eastern & African Studies £25,000 £20,800 £4,200
Complementary Medicine £24,000 £18,000 £6,000
Average £22,885 £21,987 £898

Notes

Source: HESA 2016–17
Published September 2018.

  • This data is based on the latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016–17 (DLHE) survey, and uses the median salaries of full-time, first degree leavers entering full-time professional* employment or self-employment. 

*Professional employment refers to a job or occupation which normally requires a degree.

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