How Much Do Graduates Earn and How Has This Changed?

Graduate salaries, just like all other wages, are constantly changing, so we've compiled an analysis to see how they have changed for graduates in 70 university subject groups.

How Much Do Graduates Earn
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Your potential graduate salary is just one of a number
of factors to consider when applying to university

Given that you'll be applying to a university at least 3 years before you graduate and start work, it's important to take a look at how the starting salary for graduates of your subject have changed in recent years.

Our table, displayed below, allows you to establish whether or not there is a trend in the average salary, and whether you can expect to be earning more or less than the current wage.

The table uses data taken from graduates who completed their degree in the academic year 2014–15, compared with those who earned their degree in 2009–10. The percentage change column allows you to see exactly how the professional* starting salary has changed over five years.

You will find the rest of our graduate employment and salary data in the box to the right, or at the bottom of the page for mobile users.

Click on the links to see the top-performing universities for each subject.

Subject2010 inflated^2015 originalChange originalChange adjusted^
Accounting & Finance £24,526 £23,180 9% -5%
Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering £26,758 £25,588 10% -4%
Agriculture & Forestry £20,836 £20,696 14% -1%
American Studies £22,356 £20,618 6% -8%
Anatomy & Physiology £22,185 £21,988 14% -1%
Anthropology £21,597 £20,395 9% -6%
Archaeology £20,492 £20,000 12% -2%
Architecture £20,747 £19,864 10% -4%
Art & Design £20,299 £19,669 11% -3%
Aural & Oral Sciences –– £23,658  –– ––
Biological Sciences £22,277 £20,624 6% -7%
Building £24,949 £26,286 21% 5%
Business & Management Studies £24,528 £23,952 12% -2%
Celtic Studies £19,770 £19,793 15% 0%
Chemical Engineering £31,274 £28,603 5% -9%
Chemistry £23,819 £22,817 10% -4%
Civil Engineering £27,217 £25,550 8% -6%
Classics & Ancient History £23,084 £22,460 12% -3%
Communication & Media Studies £19,866 £19,258 11% -3%
Complementary Medicine –– £28,259 ––  ––
Computer Science £25,658 £25,203 13% -2%
Creative Writing –– £18,133 –– ––
Dentistry £34,837 £30,432 0% -13%
Drama, Dance & Cinematics £20,308 £19,659 11% -3%
East & South Asian Studies £22,170 £23,723 23% 7%
Economics £29,580 £28,157 9% -5%
Education £24,316 £21,896 4% -10%
Electrical & Electronic Engineering £26,602 £26,146 13% -2%
English £21,261 £20,065 9% -6%
Food Science £23,386 £22,249 9% -5%
Forensic Science –– £18,825 –– ––
French £23,205 £22,171 10% -4%
General Engineering £30,523 £27,157 2% -11%
Geography & Environmental Science £23,244 £22,001 9% -5%
Geology £28,481 £24,818 0% -13%
German £24,187 £22,416 7% -7%
History £22,849 £21,621 9% -5%
History of Art, Architecture & Design £21,376 £20,349 9% -5%
Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism £20,483 £20,130 13% -2%
Iberian Languages £22,560 £22,161 13% -2%
Italian £22,951 £21,731 9% -5%
Land & Property Management £22,422 £24,505 26% 9%
Law £23,827 £20,421 -1% -14%
Librarianship & Information Management £23,596 £24,576 20% 4%
Linguistics £20,663 £20,261 13% -2%
Marketing –– £21,565 –– ––
Materials Technology £22,879 £22,468 13% -2%
Mathematics £27,898 £25,840 7% -7%
Mechanical Engineering £28,435 £26,361 7% -7%
Medical Technology –– £22,652  –– ––
Medicine £33,502 £28,191 -3% -16%
Middle Eastern & African Studies £23,618 £22,412 9% -5%
Music £20,973 £19,956 9% -5%
Nursing £25,858 £22,840 2% -12%
Occupational Therapy –– £22,407 –– ––
Optometry, Ophthalmology & Orthoptics –– £16,286  –– ––
Pharmacology & Pharmacy £23,271 £19,746 -2% -15%
Philosophy £24,260 £24,377 16% 0%
Physics & Astronomy £27,226 £25,047 6% -8%
Physiotherapy –– £22,331 –– ––
Politics £24,819 £23,603 9% -5%
Psychology £20,843 £19,927 10% -4%
Russian & East European Languages £27,562 £23,973 0% -13%
Social Policy £22,471 £20,555 5% -9%
Social Work £27,942 £24,761 2% -11%
Sociology £22,581 £20,518 4% -9%
Sports Science £21,296 £19,888 7% -7%
Theology & Religious Studies £23,078 £21,824 9% -5%
Town & Country Planning and Landscape Design £22,917 £22,775 14% -1%
Veterinary Medicine £29,195 £26,872 6% -8%
      
Average £24,810 £22,984 7% -7%

Source: HESA 2014–15
Published October 2016

Notes

  • This data is based on the latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2014–15 (DLHE) survey and looks at graduate/professional level jobs only.
  • Data is incomplete for Aural & Oral Sciences, Complementary Medicine, Creative Writing, Forensic Science, Marketing, Medical Technology, Occupational Therapy, Opthalmics, and Physiotherapy.

*Professional employment refers to a job or occupation which normally requires a degree.
^Data adjusted for inflation at 1.15% (using the Bank of England inflation calculator, based on composite price index published by the Office for National Statistics).