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Graduates' salaries

HE Graduate Outcomes Data Graduates' salaries

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On this page: Median salaries | Salary bands

The 2018/19 Graduate Outcomes survey was sent to graduates who qualified from their higher education course between August 2018 and July 2019. Surveying commenced in December 2019 for the first of four cohorts. Shortly after surveying began for the second cohort, the World Health Organisation declared the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. This meant that many graduates were completing the survey at various points during the pandemic. The Graduate Outcomes quality report details further information about survey alterations due to the pandemic.

The quality of data used in this release is not thought to be adversely affected by the pandemic. Results and trends emerging from the data this year do however reflect the circumstances under which it was collected. In particular, small changes around the activities of graduates are apparent (including an increase in the proportion of graduates unemployed and a drop in those taking time out to travel). Further details about the analysis we have undertaken to explore the impact of the pandemic on the 2018/19 Graduate Outcomes dataset is provided in an insight briefing: The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Graduate Outcomes 2018/19

The tables and charts below show information about the salaries of graduates in full-time paid UK employment where the currency paid is British pounds. Salary data reported through the Graduate Outcomes survey has been cleaned, and the results below exclude outliers within the data. More information about salary outliers and why the data has been cleaned can be found in the analysis section of the methodology statement and definitions.

Accompanying this release is a suite of supporting information in the form of a user guide. This contains guidance on the history and background to the survey, survey methodology and the Graduate Outcomes quality report.

The tables and charts on this page provide information on graduates from higher education. Some information is taken from our Higher Education Graduate Outcomes Statistics: UK, 2018/19 Statistical Bulletin.

All tables and charts include a link underneath allowing you to download the data you see on screen, including filters, and will also include a link to download the complete source data as a machine-readable csv file.

Median salaries

Figure 2 - Median salaries of full-time graduates who obtained first degree qualifications and entered full-time paid employment in the UK

Academic year 2018/19

 

Key fact: The median salary of UK domiciled full-time graduates who obtained first degree qualifications and entered full-time paid employment in the UK was higher overall for 2018/19 graduates compared to those in 2017/18 for each skill level.

Figure 14 - Median salary of UK domiciled full-time graduates who obtained first degree qualifications and entered full-time paid employment in the UK by subject area of degree and skill marker

Academic years 2017/18 to 2018/19

 
 
 
 
 
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Salary bands

Figure 13 - Percentage of graduates in full-time paid employment in the UK by salary band and personal characteristics

Academic years 2017/18 to 2018/19

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Table 24 - UK domiciled graduates in full-time paid employment in the UK by personal characteristics and salary band

Academic years 2017/18 to 2018/19

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Chart 12 - Graduates’ reflection on activity by salary band

Academic years 2017/18 to 2018/19

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Table 25 - UK domiciled graduates in full-time paid employment in the UK by subject area of degree and salary band

Academic years 2017/18 to 2018/19

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Table 26 - UK domiciled graduates who obtained first degree qualifications and entered full-time paid employment in the UK by provider and salary band

Academic years 2017/18 to 2018/19

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