REVEALED: The UK Average Graduate Salary 2023

After years of lectures, seminars, essays and exams, graduates want to kick-start a rewarding career. You don’t want to have racked up student loans for nothing and once university is over, it’s time to look for a role that suits your personality and rewards you well.

The graduate job market is relatively stable at the moment with plenty of opportunities on offer. With the current rate of inflation, businesses are also upping graduate salaries to attract the best talent. So what can you expect to be earning as a new graduate in 2023?

What we say

As a graduate recruitment consultancy, we have the pleasure of offering jobs to graduates every week. We’ve assessed the average graduate starting salaries that we’ve seen so far this year and the average for our graduates is £25,000 (up from £24,400 in 2022). Naturally, the starting salary that you can expect does vary based on the type of role you apply for, the location it is based in and the experience you already have. For example, graduates working in London should expect to receive a higher salary, we’re seeing graduate salaries for London at around £27,000.

We’re pleased to see that the majority of our graduates also have their salaries reviewed and increased within 6 months of starting their roles.

Search and apply for our graduate jobs here >

What the job sites say

Leading graduate job board,, estimates the average starting salary for graduates in 2023 is £25,660. This is based on the hundreds of graduate roles that they see being advertised on their site over the past year.

They’ve also created a graph of realistic starting salaries based on the whole market using their salary data from the past 10 years.

Average graduate salary 2023What the research says

High Fliers’ research suggests that the average starting salary for graduates in the UK is £30,000 and this figure has not changed since 2015. However, given their research only covers the largest graduate employers in the UK, this figure will only apply to a small minority of graduates.

Related Article: Top 100 Graduate Employers: The Real Truth

It’s important for graduates not to let their salary expectations be skewed by research figures like these. While it would be fantastic if all graduates could start on a £30K wage, this may not be realistic. If you set your salary expectations too high, you may miss out on job offers for not being very commercially aware and you may pass up on opportunities that have greater earning potential in the future.

If you aren’t starting your graduate job on a £30,000 salary don’t conclude that it isn’t a reflection of your value or potential value in the market. Remember, with the right opportunity, you’ll have a good chance at progressing and boosting your salary relatively quickly.

Average graduate salary by sector

Sector Salary(GBP)
Accounting £25,600
Advertising & PR £24,425
Architecture & Construction £24,872
Arts & Design £24,357
Banking £29,642
Buying & Merchandising £26,118
Charities £26,397
Computing & IT £27,737
Consultancy £27,475
Customer Service £25,600
Distribution & Logistics £26,003
Education & Teaching £21,598
Energy & Utilities £26,583
Engineering £25,560
Environmental £26,804
Finance £26,610
Food & Drink & Catering £24,873
Health £26,268
Human Resources £25,262
Insurance £26,227
Internet & Digital Media £30,437
Languages £28,876
Legal & Law £26,701
Management £29,040
Manufacturing & Production £25,852
Marketing £28,719
Media £26,059
Military & Defence £26,468
Property £24,559
Public Sector £23,792
Recruitment £26,374
Research & Analysis £27,275
Retail £25,915
Sales £27,447
Science & Technology £28,007
Secretarial & Business Admin £22,997
Sports & Recreation £20,413
Telecommunications £28,635
Training £24,717
Travel & Hospitality £20,225

Average Graduate Salary UK – What your subject says

What subject you studied at university can also have an impact on the salary you take home afterwards. Take a look at the data below to see how your subject measures up.

Subject Studied Graduate starting salary
Accounting and Finance £25,000
Acting £20,000
Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering £28,000
African and Middle Eastern Studies £29,000
Agriculture and Forestry £23,000
American Studies £24,000
Animation £22,000
Anthropology £23,500
Archaeology £20,100
Architecture £22,000
Art and Design £21,800
Artificial intelligence £29,100
Asian Studies £25,000
Astrophysics £25,000
Biological Sciences £23,700
Biomedical Sciences £24,900
Building £27,000
Business and Management Studies £25,400
Celtic Studies £24,900
Chemical Engineering £30,000
Chemistry £25,000
Childhood and Youth Studies £21,000
Chinese £24,100
Civil Engineering £27,000
Classics £24,000
Communication and Media Studies £21,500
Complementary Medicine £30,000
Computer Science £28,000
Counselling, Psychotherapy and Occupational Therapy £24,900
Creative Writing £20,500
Criminology £22,800
Dentistry £38,600
Diagnostic Radiography £25,000
Dietetics £25,000
Drama, Dance and Cinematics £22,000
Ecology £20,000
Economics £29,500
Education £24,400
Electrical and Electronic Engineering £28,000
English £23,000
Fashion £20,500
Film Making £21,000
Food Science £24,900
Forensic Science £21,200
French £25,000
General Engineering £29,000
Geography and Environmental Science £24,500
Geology £23,500
German £25,000
Health Studies £24,000
History £24,900
History of Art, Architecture and Design £23,000
Hospitality and catering £23,500
Human Resources Management £24,000
Iberian Languages £25,000
Information Technology and Systems £25,000
Italian £25,000
Journalism £21,000
Land and Property Management £25,400
Law £22,000
Linguistics £24,000
Manufacturing and Production Engineering £28,000
Marine biology £20,000
Marketing £23,000
Materials Technology £26,600
Mathematics £28,000
Mechanical Engineering £28,000
Medical Technology and Bioengineering £25,000
Medicine £35,000
Midwifery £25,000
Music £21,000
Neuroscience £25,000
Nursing £24,400
Nutrition £24,000
Optometry, Ophthalmics and Orthoptics £17,000
Paramedic Science £24,900
Pharmacology and Pharmacy £31,000
Philosophy £25,000
Physics and Astronomy £28,000
Physiotherapy £24,900
Podiatry £25,000
Politics £26,000
Prosthetics and Orthotics £25,000
Psychology £22,500
Robotics £28,000
Russian and East European Languages £25,000
Social Policy £24,000
Social Work £29,000
Sociology £23,000
Spanish £25,000
Speech and Language Therapy £24,900
Sports Science £23,000
Statistics £30,000
Theology and Religious Studies £24,400
Therapeutic Radiography £24,900
Tourism, Transport, Travel and Heritage Studies £22,000
Town and Country Planning and Landscape Design £25,000
Veterinary Medicine £31,000
Youth Work £22,000
Zoology £20,700

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Overall Average: £24,833

Don’t get hung up on your salary

Earning plenty of money is great, however, there’s no point in earning £30,000 a year if you dread going to work every day. It’s important to find the balance between what you enjoy, what you earn and the other benefits on offer.

What’s important is different for each of us, so try to make the best decision for you. If you change your mind later, you can always learn from your mistakes and look for a graduate role that is better suited to you going forward.

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