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Want to know what kind of salary you could expect in your chosen profession? Take a look at the latest average salaries in a range of career sectors, based on national data for the US and UK. These averages provide a rough indication of how much you could expect to earn with your degree in today’s economies. If you’re still studying or still choosing a degree, it’s likely that salaries will have increased a little by the time you enter the labor market – along with rising living costs – but this list should still provide an indication of how different areas of employment compare.

Accounting & finance

Average accounting & finance salaries in the UK
(data from the Office for National Statistics, 2014)

Brokers

£133,677

Actuaries, economists and statisticians

£61,749

Business and financial project management professionals

£47,795

Taxation experts

£46,551

Finance and investment analysts and advisers

£45,490

Financial and accounting technicians

£44,080

Insurance underwriters

£43,487

Financial accounts managers

£41,389

Chartered and certified accountants

£38,692

Finance officers

£24,418

 

Average accounting & finance salaries in the US
(data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013)

Actuaries

$107,740

Accountants and auditors

$72,500

Personal financial advisors

$99,920

Financial analysts

$91,620

Financial examiners

$86,980

Financial specialists

$74,270

Credit analysts

$72,590

Insurance underwriters

$70,110

Compliance officers

$66,770

Cost estimators

$63,660

Tax examiners and collectors, and revenue agents

$56,120

Tax preparers

$43,350

 

Architecture

Average architecture salaries in the UK
(data from the Office for National Statistics, 2014)

Architects

£43,307

Chartered architectural technologists

£33,651

Architectural and town planning technicians

£29,427

 

Average architecture salaries in the US
(data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013)

Architectural and engineering managers

$136,540

Marine engineers and naval architects

$94,040

Architects (except naval)

$77,850

Architectural and civil drafters

$51,250

 

Art & design

Average art & design salaries in the UK
(data from the Office for National Statistics, 2014)

Arts officers, producers and directors

£37,519

Graphic designers

£25,952

Artists

£23,228

Archivists and curators

£22,264

Musicians

£21,414

 

Average art & design salaries in the US
(data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013)

Agents and managers of artists, performers and athletes

$96,410

Actors, producers and directors

$89,020

Artists and related workers

$75,270

Archivists, curators and museum technicians

$50,770

Designers

$46,250

 

Business & management

Average business & management salaries in the UK
(data from the Office for National Statistics, 2014)

Chief executives and senior officials

£107,703

Marketing and sales directors

£82,962

Financial managers and directors

£76,320

Human resource managers

£56,315

Purchasing managers and directors

£52,683

Sales accounts and business development managers

£51,576

Business and financial project management professionals

£47,795

Management consultants and business analysts

£43,820

Business, research and administrative professionals

£35,545

Business sales executives

£33,432

Sales administrators

£19,468

 

Average business & management salaries in the US
(data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013)

Management analysts

$89,990

Logisticians

$76,330

Budget analysts

$72,560

Business operations specialists

$69,030

Market research analysts and marketing specialists

$67,780

Human resources specialists

$61,560

Training and development specialists

$60,780

 

Computer science & information technology

Average computer science & IT salaries in the UK
(data from the Office for National Statistics, 2014)

Information technology and telecommunications directors

£80,215

IT specialist managers

£49,194

IT project and program managers

£48,144

IT business analysts, architects and systems designers

£46,197

IT and telecommunications professionals

£40,957

Programmers and software development professionals

£40,748

Telecommunications engineers

£32,320

 

Average computer science & IT salaries in the US
(data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013)

Computer and information research scientists

$109,260

Software developers and programmers

$92,820

Information security analysts

$91,210

Computer systems analysts

$85,320

Database and systems administrators and network architects

$82,960

Computer programmers

$80,930

Web developers

$67,540

Computer support specialists

$53,660

 

Engineering

Average engineering salaries in the UK
(data from the Office for National Statistics, 2014)

Aircraft pilots and flight engineers

£90,146

Research and development managers

£52,882

Production managers and directors in manufacturing

£49,690

Electrical engineers

£46,984

Mechanical engineers

£43,029

Electronics engineers

£41,685

Design and development engineers

£40,245

Civil engineers

£40,200

Production and process engineers

£38,223

Quality control and planning engineers

£36,454

Engineering technicians

£34,355

 

Average engineering salaries in the US
(data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013)

Computer hardware engineers

$106,930

Aerospace engineers

$105,450

Chemical engineers

$104,340

Electronics engineers (except computer)

$97,870

Mining and geological engineers

$96,950

Nuclear engineers

$96,950

Petroleum engineers

$96,950

Marine engineers and naval architects

$94,040

Biomedical engineers

$93,960

Electrical engineers

$93,380

Materials engineers

$89,930

Mechanical engineers

$85,930

Civil engineers

$85,640

Environmental engineers

$85,520

Industrial engineers

$83,390

Agricultural engineers

$78,880

Engineering technicians (except drafters)

$56,080

Drafters

$53,640

 

Law

Average legal salaries in the UK
(data from the Office for National Statistics, 2014)

Legal professionals

£73,425

Solicitors

£46,576

Barristers and judges

£43,368

Legal associate professionals

£30,911

 

Average legal salaries in the US
(data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013)

Lawyers

$131,990

Judges, magistrate judges and magistrates

$105,380

Arbitrators, mediators and conciliators

$76,840

Court reporters

$54,760

Judicial law clerks

$53,890

Paralegals and legal assistants

$51,170

 

Media & communications

Average media & communications salaries in the UK
(data from the Office for National Statistics, 2014)

Advertising and public relations directors

£77,619

Advertising accounts managers and creative directors

£40,510

Journalists, newspaper and periodical editors

£34,639

Public relations professionals

£29,488

Authors, writers and translators

£25,767

 

Average media & communications salaries in the US
(data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013)

Writers and editors

$66,160

Public relations specialists

$63,020

News analysts, reporters and correspondents

$48,380

Media and communication equipment workers

$48,320

Announcers

$41,190

 

Medicine & life sciences

Average medical & life sciences salaries in the UK
(data from the Office for National Statistics, 2014)

Medical practitioners

£69,463

Dental practitioners

£40,268

Biological scientists and biochemists

£38,108

Veterinarians

£37,763

Pharmacists

£37,439

Paramedics

£36,771

Psychologists

£36,495

 

Average medical & life sciences salaries in the US
(data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013)

Physicians and surgeons

$191,880

Dentists

$168,870

Veterinarians

$96,140

Medical scientists

$89,390

Biological scientists

$77,630

Psychologists

$74,310

Conservation scientists and foresters

$61,890

 

Natural sciences

Average natural sciences salaries in the UK
(data from the Office for National Statistics, 2014)

Physical scientists

£50,763

Natural and social science professionals

£36,594

Chemical scientists

£34,099

Environment professionals

£32,036

 

Average natural sciences salaries in the US
(data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013)

Physical scientists

$84,300

Environmental scientists and geoscientists

$81,360

Chemists and materials scientists

$78,780

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Written by Laura Bridgestock
The former editor of TopUniversities.com, Laura oversees the site's editorial content and student forums. She also edits the QS Top Grad School Guide and contributes to market research reports including How Do Students Use Rankings?

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This will provide funding for pilot training..?

please advice....where the best university for subject town/urban planning in asia and europe for undergraduate???

please advice....where the best university for subject town/urban planning in asia and europe for undergraduate???

Does good University or Institute really matters for astrophysics (Natural Science) to have good salary?

You're right that natural science graduates are some of the most hirable graduates out there, but the school you go to will likely have an affect on your employability. For a look at the top universities for physics and astronomy around the world, click here. Laura