Deciding what you want to do after University can be tricky, especially if you’re not sure what kind of career might be best for you. That’s why we’ve rounded up the average UK salary for some of the most popular graduate jobs, so you can get a flavour of what you could potentially earn in the most popular graduate roles.
Marketing roles are varied and they’re great for the creatively minded, as well as those who enjoy data analysis as often a marketer will need to dig into things like website statistics.
Average salary: Junior marketing executives start on around £22,149 full-time and can earn up to £34,180 in this role. At the top of the career ladder, marketing directors earn an average of £93,967 per year.
Male/Female split: 36% men, 64% women.
Junior Marketing Executive – £22,149
Marketing Executive – £34,180
Marketing Director – £93,967
If you’re taking a degree in ICT, programming, coding or software, becoming a software engineer is a surefire way to start your career climb at on a high rung. Software engineers use computer science and mathematical computations to create applications, systems and networks.
Average salary: Software engineers usually start on a salary of between £23,000 and £28,000. Once you have built experience, the average salary for software engineers is £45,1253 full-time and £17,177 part-time.
Male/Female split: 90% male, 10% female.
Software engineer- £23-28,000
Senior Software Engineer – £45,123
IT Director – £78,637
Mechanical engineers are problem solvers: they analyse problems and design mechanical and thermal devices to solve them. One of the broadest engineering fields out there, mechanical engineers can work in variety of industries, from healthcare to aviation.
Average salary: Mechanical engineers start on a salary between £20,000 and £28,000 per year. After this, the average salary for this role for mid-level mechanical engineers is £46,909 full-time and £17,177 part-time.
Mechanical Engineer (entry): £20,000-£28,000
Mechanical Engineer (mid-level): £46,909
Principal Mechanical Engineer: £59,000 – £78,000
Hospitality management is a varied career that can see you working in prestigious event venues, restaurants, hotels and more. Hospitality management is career for great communicators, leaders and problem-solvers as they oversee a variety of teams.
Average salary: Hospitality managers usually start on a salary between £19,000 and £20,500 per year. After this, the average wage is £30,341 full-time and £12,466 part-time.
Male/female split: 55% male, 45% female
Hospitality Manager (entry): £19,000 – £20,500
Hospitality Manager (mid-level): £30,341
Hospitality Director / Director of Operations: £51k-£85k
Becoming an events coordinator means you value (and are good at!) organisation and communication. Events coordinators help handle some of the UK’s largest events, such as the Chelsea Flower Show, and can be involved at every level of the event planning process, from receiving enquiries to ensuring successful event delivery.
Average salary: An events coordinator starts on an average salary of £22,149, and once promoted, Conference and Events Managers earn an average salary of £30,875 per year.
Male/Female split: 36% male, 64% female
Events coordinator: £22,129
Conference and Events Manager: £30,875
Director of Events/Head of Events: £37,000 – £70,000
Trainee accountants work on behalf of businesses and clients to prepare and reconcile financial information, accounts and cash flow. You’ll most likely work alongside a senior accountant to develop your knowledge and gain practical skills.
Average salary: Trainee accountants earn an average of £24,801 full-time as a starting salary. If you get your chartership to become a Chartered Accountant, your average salary increases to an average £42,728 per year and can be up to £96,200 per year.
Accountant’s salaries are relatively steady, tracking a 0.5% wage increase year on year.
Male/female split: 55% male, 45% female
Trainee Accountant: £24,801
Chartered/Senior Accountant: £42,728
Finance Director: £88,749
Insurance underwriters evaluate the risk a potential client presents by performing a risk assessment on behalf of their company. Ultimately, it’s the insurance underwriter that decides how much coverage a client should receive and how much they should pay for it.
Average salary: Insurance underwriters usually start on around £25,000. Salaries go up to an average of £41,631 full-time and £18,494 part-time. Insurance Underwriters’ salaries are rising, too. Part-time salaries have seen a 4% jump in the last year, and full-time salaries a 4.2% jump. Insurance Underwriting is a balanced industry, with a 50/50 male-female split.
Male/female split: 50% male, 50% female
Insurance underwriter (entry): £25,000
Insurance underwriter (senior): £41,631
Specialist insurance underwriter/Reinsurance: £90,000
A risk analyst looks at a company’s investment portfolio and analyses the risks involved in financial and commercial decisions. This role requires a high level of analytical skills, and often the risk analyst will make recommendations to limit the amount of potential risk for their company.
Average salary: Junior risk analyst salaries start around £30,500 per year and go up to between £41,000 and £57,000 per year.
Male/female split: 67% male, 33% female
Junior risk analyst: £30,500
Mid-level risk analyst: £41,000 – £57,000
Senior risk analyst/Risk Manager: £57,000 – £86,000
A retail manager is an excellent position for those with a creative flair for the commercial. Responsible for supervising outlets, staff, sales and stock, a career in retail can see you move into logistics, wholesale, product development and more.
Average salary: The average starting salary for a retail manager assistant is £23,698 per year. Once you are in the role for a few years, the average salary evens out to £33,696 full-time and £13,735 part-time.
Retail manager salaries are increasing steadily year on year, with part-time salaries going up 7.9% year on year and full-time salaries rising 4% year on year.
Male/Female split: 61% male, 39% female
Assistant Store Manager (entry): £23,698
Retail Store Manager: £33,696
Store Director/District Manager: £44,000 – £57,000
Scientific laboratory technician
Scientific laboratory technicians work with complex scientific equipment, often performing highly technical diagnostic tests that help scientists focus on the complex analytical processes involved with research. Technicians can work across a number of different scientific fields.
Average salary: Lab technicians start on a salary between £15,000 and £19,000. As you progress, the average salary is between £24,115 and £30,313 full-time. These wages are on the rise too, with scientific laboratory technicians seeing an increase between 1.2 and 3.4% year on year.
Male/female split: 55% male, 45% female
Laboratory Technician (entry): £15,000-£19,000
Laboratory Technician (experienced): £24,115 – £30,313
Laboratory manager: £40,000
Civil Service Fast stream
The Civil Service fast stream teaches graduates the skills and foundational knowledge needed to move into senior leadership roles within the Civil Service. You’ll be placed into a department within the civil service and offered structured development.
Average salary: £28,000 starting salary. Once you’ve completed the scheme and are promoted, you will be earning on average between £45,000 and £55,000.
Male/Female split: 51.7% male, 48.3% female (in terms of successful applicants)
Civil service entry level: £28,000
Experienced civil servant (Executive Officer): £35,000-£45,000
Senior Civil Servant (Senior Executive Officer): £69,620 – £90,500
Nursing is a varied role that has a wealth of specialisations depending on your interests. 54% of nurses work in the NHS, compared with 37% in private and acute primary care. Most graduates tend to go into the NHS, which is why it has a much higher proportion of nurses aged 55 and under compared to the adult health care market.
Average salary: A nurse’s starting salary tends to be between £22,128 and £28,746 at Band 5 (not including a London supplement.) Throughout your career, the average salary for nurses is £32,388 full-time and £16,800 part-time
Male/Female Split: 14% male, 86% female
Band 5 nurse (entry): £22,128 – £28,746
Band 7 nurse: £31,696 – £41,787
Band 9 nurse: £79,415 – £100,431
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