The Graduate Gender Pay Gap

This year, we have conducted an analysis of how graduate employees in certain subject areas are paid according to gender, and whether or not the pay gap is in favour of males or females. 

Gender Equality
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In 2016, the overall gender pay gap for full-time workers
is 13.9% in favour of males (source: The Fawcett Society)

Despite the Equal Pay Act being passed in parliament in 1970, there is still gender inequality at work regarding pay.

The table below displays the median professional* salary earned in each subject group, by both genders, for students who graduated in the academic year 2014–15, and the difference of salary between them.

Colours have been used to higlight which gender the pay gap is in favour of.

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 below to see subject-specific league tables.

SubjectMale Median SalaryFemale Median SalaryDifference
   Grey = males earn more; yellow = females earn more
Agriculture & Forestry £21,500 £19,000 £2,500
Theology & Religious Studies £22,500 £20,318 £2,182
Medicine £30,000 £28,000 £2,000
French £23,000 £21,000 £2,000
Classics & Ancient History £22,000 £20,000 £2,000
Iberian Languages £22,000 £20,000 £2,000
Philosophy £22,000 £20,000 £2,000
Art & Design £20,000 £18,000 £2,000
Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism £20,000 £18,500 £1,500
Accounting & Finance £22,350 £21,000 £1,350
Veterinary Medicine £28,000 £27,000 £1,000
Building £25,000 £24,000 £1,000
Computer Science £24,000 £23,000 £1,000
Business & Management Studies £23,000 £22,000 £1,000
Town & Country Planning and Landscape Design £23,000 £22,000 £1,000
Architecture £20,000 £19,000 £1,000
Psychology £20,000 £19,000 £1,000
Law £19,000 £18,000 £1,000
Sports Science £19,000 £18,000 £1,000
Forensic Science £18,900 £18,000 £900
Sociology £20,000 £19,136 £864
Marketing £20,800 £20,000 £800
German £21,600 £21,000 £600
Mathematics £25,000 £24,500 £500
Food Science £22,000 £21,692 £308
Nursing £22,000 £21,692 £308
Drama, Dance & Cinematics £18,278 £18,000 £278
English £19,240 £19,000 £240
Biological Sciences £20,198 £20,000 £198
Physiotherapy £21,692 £21,600 £92
Music £18,000 £17,909 £91
Occupational Therapy £21,693 £21,692 £1
Dentistry £30,000 £30,000 £0
Chemical Engineering £28,000 £28,000 £0
Economics £26,000 £26,000 £0
Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering £25,000 £25,000 £0
Physics & Astronomy £25,000 £25,000 £0
Librarianship & Information Management £23,000 £23,000 £0
Chemistry £22,000 £22,000 £0
Education £22,000 £22,000 £0
Politics £22,000 £22,000 £0
Medical Technology £21,692 £21,692 £0
Anatomy & Physiology £21,000 £21,000 £0
Geography & Environmental Science £21,000 £21,000 £0
Anthropology £20,000 £20,000 £0
Geology £20,000 £20,000 £0
History £20,000 £20,000 £0
Communication & Media Studies £18,000 £18,000 £0
Optometry, Ophthalmology & Orthoptics £14,000 £14,000 £0
Social Work £25,440 £25,500 £60
Archaeology £18,000 £18,194 £194
Pharmacology & Pharmacy £18,500 £18,700 £200
Civil Engineering £25,000 £25,500 £500
Electrical & Electronic Engineering £25,000 £25,500 £500
Mechanical Engineering £26,000 £27,000 £1,000
Materials Technology £21,000 £22,000 £1,000
General Engineering £26,000 £27,500 £1,500
    
Averages £23,000 £21,600 £1,400

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 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.