Subjects with the Highest and Lowest Professional Premiums
Scroll down to see which subject areas have the highest and lowest professional premium†, as well as which subject groups have seen the greatest increase and decrease in professional premium over the last five years.
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- Top 10 subjects with the highest professional premium
- Top 10 subjects with the lowest professional premium
- Top 10 subjects with the greatest increase in professional premium
- Top 10 subjects with the greatest reduction in professional premium
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|Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering||£25,588||£16,239||£9,349|
|Physics & Astronomy||£25,047||£15,847||
|Electrical & Electronic Engineering||£26,146||£17,253||£8,893|
|Pharmacology & Pharmacy||£19,746||£17,105||£2,641|
|Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism||£20,130||£16,966||£3,164|
|Agriculture & Forestry||£20,696||£17,071||£3,625|
|Communication & Media Studies||£19,258||£15,630||£3,628|
|Art & Design||£19,669||£15,756||£3,913|
|Professional Premium 2015||£ Change|
|Librarianship & Information Management||£4,415||£7,756||£3,341||76%|
|Classics & Ancient History||£5,404||£6,946||£1,542||29%|
|Town & Country Planning and Landscape Design||£4,255||£5,284||£1,029||24%|
|Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism||£2,588||£3,164||£577||22%|
|East & South Asian Studies||£5,601||£6,611||£1,011||18%|
|Pharmacology & Pharmacy||£5,766||£2,641||-£3,125||-54%|
|Geography & Environmental Science||£6,752||£3,968||-£2,784||-41%|
Source: HESA 2014–15
Published October 2016
- This data is based on the latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey 2014–15. The annual survey is conducted approximately six months after students leave. Approximately two-thirds of survey respondents in full-time paid employment provide information about their salary.
**Non-professional employment refers to a job or occupation which doesn't normally require a degree.
†Professional premium refers to the average difference in salary between those starting professional employment*, and those starting non-professional* employment.
^Indicates 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).
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