What Do Graduates Earn?

For many potential students, the motivation behind applying to university is the idea that getting a degree will get you a better job, and earn you more money. With that in mind, we've listed the graduate salaries for 70 subject groups.

Do Graduates Earn More Than Non -graduates
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Although earning potential shouldn't be the only factor when applying to university, it is certainly something to think about when deciding what to study, and even if it's worth going to university at all.

To help you make the most informed decision possible, we've compiled the average starting salaries for graduates of each subject group. The data refers to students who completed their degree in the academic year 2014–15. To give you the full picture of how useful a degree is to your earning potential in a given field, we've also split the data into the salaries for professional* and non-professional** jobs.

For more information about the difference between professional and non-professional salary, read our content on the professional premium†. 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.

Top 5 Subjects for Average Graduate Salaries

RankSubjectProfessional SalaryNon-professional Salary
1 Dentistry £30,432 ––
2 Chemical Engineering £28,603 £17,187
3 Complementary Medicine £28,259 ––
4 Medicine £28,191 ––
5 Economics £28,157 £18,132

If your subject isn't in the Top 5, scroll through the full table below. To see the university rankings table for each subject, simply click on the link.

Full table of Average Graduate Salaries

SubjectProfessional SalaryNon-professional Salary
Accounting & Finance £23,180 £17,806
Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering £25,588 £16,239
Agriculture & Forestry £20,696 £17,071
American Studies £20,618 £15,689
Anatomy & Physiology £21,988 £15,550
Anthropology £20,395 £16,268
Archaeology £20,000 £15,017
Architecture £19,864 £16,149
Art & Design £19,669 £15,756
Aural & Oral Sciences £23,658 £15,127
Biological Sciences £20,624 £15,772
Building £26,286 £20,123
Business & Management Studies £23,952 £17,629
Celtic Studies £19,793 £13,661
Chemical Engineering £28,603 £17,187
Chemistry £22,817 £15,547
Civil Engineering £25,550 £19,067
Classics & Ancient History £22,460 £15,514
Communication & Media Studies £19,258 £15,630
Complementary Medicine £28,259
Computer Science £25,203 £16,315
Creative Writing £18,133 £14,866
Dentistry £30,432
Drama, Dance & Cinematics £19,659 £15,429
East & South Asian Studies £23,723 £17,112
Economics £28,157 £18,132
Education £21,896 £15,414
Electrical & Electronic Engineering £26,146 £17,253
English £20,065 £15,822
Food Science £22,249 £15,500
Forensic Science £18,825 £15,968
French £22,171 £16,517
General Engineering £27,157 £16,585
Geography & Environmental Science £22,001 £18,033
Geology £24,818 £15,839
German £22,416 £17,407
History £21,621 £16,765
History of Art, Architecture & Design £20,349 £16,175
Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism £20,130 £16,966
Iberian Languages £22,161 £16,507
Italian £21,731 £17,840
Land & Property Management £24,505
Law £20,421 £16,939
Librarianship & Information Management £24,576 £16,820
Linguistics £20,261 £15,992
Marketing £21,565 £17,164
Materials Technology £22,468 £16,757
Mathematics £25,840 £17,108
Mechanical Engineering £26,361 £18,608
Medical Technology £22,652 £16,616
Medicine £28,191
Middle Eastern & African Studies £22,412 £17,378
Music £19,956 £15,580
Nursing £22,840 £18,221
Occupational Therapy £22,407 £14,961
Optometry, Ophthalmology & Orthoptics £16,286
Pharmacology & Pharmacy £19,746 £17,105
Philosophy £24,377 £16,142
Physics & Astronomy £25,047 £15,847
Physiotherapy £22,331 £13,929
Politics £23,603 £19,911
Psychology £19,927 £15,746
Russian & East European Languages £23,973 £18,043
Social Policy £20,555 £15,797
Social Work £24,761 £15,365
Sociology £20,518 £15,956
Sports Science £19,888 £16,032
Theology & Religious Studies £21,824 £15,180
Town & Country Planning and Landscape Design £22,775 £17,491
Veterinary Medicine £26,872
 
Averages £22,984 £16,786

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 the mean salaries of full-time, first degree leavers entering professional employment or self-employment.
  • For other destination figures, including the percentage further study and unemployment please see the full table of data concerning what graduates do.

*Professional employment refers to a job or occupation which normally requires a degree.
**Non-professional employment refers to a job or occupation which doesn't normally require a degree.