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Graduate gender pay gap

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.

The concept of gender pay gap. A miniature man and a miniature woman sitting on top of a pile of coins at different heights in front of a bar graph.

We display the median salary earned in each subject group, by both genders, for students who graduated in the academic year 2017–18, and the salary difference between them.

Colours have been used to highlight which gender has the higher graduate salary. Click on the subject names to see the best universities for each subject.

Subject Female Median Salary Male Median Salary Difference
Green = females earn more; Blue = males earn more
Accounting & Finance £23,000 £24,000 £1,000
Aeronautical & Aerospace Engineering £28,000 £28,000 £0
Agriculture & Forestry £20,000 £24,000 £4,000
American Studies £22,000 £22,000 £0
Anatomy, Physiology & Medical Sciences £24,000 £24,000 £0
Anthropology £21,000 £22,000 £1,000
Archaeology £20,000 £20,000 £0
Architecture £22,000 £22,000 £0
Art & Design £20,000 £21,000 -£1,000
Biological Sciences £22,000 £22,000 £0
Building £27,000 £27,500 £500
Business & Management Studies £24,000 £25,000 £1,000
Celtic Studies £21,000 £18,000 £3,000
Chemical Engineering £30,000 £29,500 £500
Chemistry £24,000 £24,000 £0
Civil Engineering £28,000 £27,000 £1,000
Classics £23,000 £24,000 £1,000
Communication & Media Studies £20,000 £20,000 £0
Complementary Medicine £24,000 £25,000 £1,000
Computer Science £26,000 £26,600 £600
Counselling, Psychotherapy & Occupational Therapy £24,000 £24,000 £0
Creative Writing £19,000 £19,000 £0
Dentistry £37,000 £40,000 £3,000
Drama, Dance & Cinematics £19,000 £20,000 £1,000
Economics £28,500 £28,500 £0
Education £23,000 £24,000 £1,000
Electrical & Electronic Engineering £28,700 £28,000 £700
English £22,000 £22,000 £0
Food Science £24,000 £24,000 £0
Forensic Science £20,000 £20,000 £0
French £24,000 £24,000 £0
General Engineering £28,000 £29,000 £1,000
Geography & Environmental Science £23,000 £24,000 £1,000
Geology £23,000 £23,000 £0
German £23,000 £23,000 £0
History £22,000 £23,000 £1,000
History of Art, Architecture & Design £21,000 £22,000 £1,000
Iberian Languages £23,000 £24,000 £1,000
Italian £24,000 £23,000 £1,000
Land & Property Management £25,500 £27,000 £1,500
Law £20,500 £22,000 £1,500
Linguistics £21,000 £21,000 £0
Marketing £22,000 £23,000 £1,000
Materials Technology £26,000 £24,000 £2,000
Mathematics £26,000 £27,000 £1,000
Mechanical Engineering £28,500 £28,000 £500
Medical Technology & Bioengineering £24,000 £24,024 £24
Medicine £32,000 £35,000 £3,000
Music £20,000 £20,000 £0
Nursing £24,000 £24,000 £0
Optometry, Ophthalmics & Orthoptics £19,000 £19,000 £0
Pharmacology & Pharmacy £30,000 £30,000 £0
Philosophy £23,000 £24,000 £1,000
Physics & Astronomy £27,000 £27,000 £0
Physiotherapy £24,000 £24,000 £0
Politics £24,170 £25,000 £830
Psychology £20,000 £20,000 £0
Russian & East European Languages £24,000 £26,000 £2,000
Social Policy £20,500 £24,000 £3,500
Social Work £28,000 £29,000 £1,000
Sociology £20,000 £21,000 £1,000
Sports Science £21,000 £20,000 £1,000
Theology & Religious Studies £22,000 £24,000 £2,000
Tourism, Transport, Travel & Heritage Studies £21,000 £22,000 £1,000
Town & Country Planning and Landscape Design £24,000 £25,000 £1,000
Veterinary Medicine £31,000 £31,000 £0
Average £23,000 £25,000 -£2,000

Notes

Source: HESA 2017–18
Published: November 2020

These data are based on the latest Graduate Outcomes survey, and uses the median salaries of full-time, first degree leavers entering full-time and professional employment in the UK.

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