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Engineers dominate graduate starting salaries in the UK

25 September, 2014

Six of the ten highest starting salaries for UK university graduates are for those with engineering degrees, according to the 2015 edition of The Times Good University Guide.

The top engineering discipline, and second on the salary list, is chemical engineering with an average starting salary of £29,582. Others in the top ten include general engineering on £26,362, mechanical engineering on £26,076, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering on £25,343, electrical and electronic engineering on £24,639 and civil engineering on £24,524.

The best-paying degree is dentistry with an average starting salary of £30,395, while bottom of the list is creative writing on £16,903. Law comes 47th out of the 66 courses listed, with a starting salary of £19,598. The average starting salary for all disciplines in the list is £21,982.

Commenting on the figures, IET chief executive Nigel Fine says: “It’s very encouraging to see that graduates beginning their engineering careers are starting on such good salaries. There has never been a better time to be an engineer. Demand that far outstrips supply, competitive graduate salaries, and fantastic career prospects, are typical characteristics of the engineering profession today.”

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