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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
Italian £20,000 £22,000 £2,000
Geology £20,000 £21,000 £1,000
Iberian Languages £21,000 £22,000 £1,000
Physics & Astronomy £25,000 £26,000 £1,000
Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering £26,000 £26,500 £500
Economics £26,500 £27,000 £500
Optometry, Ophthalmology & Orthoptics £14,500 £15,000 £500
Pharmacology & Pharmacy £18,500 £19,000 £500
Town & Country Planning and Landscape Design £22,000 £22,500 £500
Chemical Engineering £27,000 £27,436 £436
Geography & Environmental Science £21,900 £22,000 £100
American Studies £20,000 £20,000 £0
Anatomy & Physiology £21,000 £21,000 £0
Archaeology £19,000 £19,000 £0
Architecture £20,000 £20,000 £0
Building £25,000 £25,000 £0
Chemistry £22,000 £22,000 £0
Creative Writing £18,000 £18,000 £0
Dentistry £31,000 £31,000 £0
Mathematics £25,000 £25,000 £0
Mechanical Engineering £26,000 £26,000 £0
Medicine £30,000 £30,000 £0
Theology & Religious Studies £20,000 £20,000 £0
Medical Technology £22,000 £21,999 £1
Occupational Therapy £21,990 £21,909 £81
Aural & Oral Sciences £22,000 £21,909 £91
Food Science £22,000 £21,909 £91
Nursing £22,000 £21,909 £91
Physiotherapy £22,000 £21,909 £91
Education £22,244 £22,000 £244
Communication & Media Studies £18,500 £18,000 £500
Computer Science £24,000 £23,500 £500
General Engineering £27,000 £26,500 £500
Social Work £26,500 £26,000 £500
Sociology £20,000 £19,500 £500
Sports Science £19,000 £18,500 £500
German £21,600 £21,000 £600
Civil Engineering £25,750 £25,000 £750
Biological Sciences £20,800 £20,000 £800
Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism £20,000 £19,112 £888
Drama, Dance & Cinematics £18,915 £18,000 £915
Accounting & Finance £22,000 £21,000 £1,000
Complementary Medicine £26,000 £25,000 £1,000
Electrical & Electronic Engineering £26,000 £25,000 £1,000
English £20,000 £19,000 £1,000
French £22,000 £21,000 £1,000
History £21,000 £20,000 £1,000
Librarianship & Information Management £24,000 £23,000 £1,000
Linguistics £19,000 £18,000 £1,000
Marketing £21,000 £20,000 £1,000
Politics £22,000 £21,000 £1,000
Psychology £20,000 £19,000 £1,000
Anthropology £20,900 £19,800 £1,100
Music £19,000 £17,500 £1,500
Business & Management Studies £23,600 £22,000 £1,600
Art & Design £19,760 £18,000 £1,760
History of Art, Architecture & Design £21,000 £19,217 £1,783
Agriculture & Forestry £22,000 £20,000 £2,000
Forensic Science £20,000 £18,000 £2,000
Land & Property Management £25,000 £23,000 £2,000
Law £20,000 £18,000 £2,000
Materials Technology £24,000 £22,000 £2,000
Philosophy £22,000 £20,000 £2,000
Social Policy £22,000 £20,000 £2,000
Veterinary Medicine £30,000 £28,000 £2,000
Classics & Ancient History £23,000 £20,000 £3,000
East & South Asian Studies £25,000 £21,000 £4,000
Middle Eastern & African Studies £24,000 £20,000 £4,000
Russian & East European Languages £25,000 £19,500 £5,500
Average £22,390 £21,653 £736

Notes

Source: HESA 2015–16
Published December 2017.

  • This data is based on the latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2015–16 (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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