Graduate salary

Graduate salaries in 2022

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According to the High Fliers report, "The Graduate Market in 2019", the median starting salary for UK graduates in 2022 is expected to be £30,000 for the fifth consecutive year. However, graduate-jobs.com estimated that the average starting salary for graduates (based on the salary details of jobs posted to the site during the same period) was £21,000 - £25,000.

So why the difference? A problem with the majority of research conducted into graduate starting salaries is it usually focuses on the "Top 100" employers who compete with each other (inc. salary) to attract the "top" graduate talent. Therefore most graduate salary research is not a true reflection of the whole graduate recruitment market across.

Skewed salary figures can lead to unrealistic salary expectations amongst graduates. 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.

We have created a definitive list of the realistic starting salaries based on the whole market using actual salary data from the past 10 years.

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£22,000

£24,000

£26,000

£28,000

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average graduate starting salary2013 - 2022

Average graduate salary by year
Year Salary(GBP)
2013 20,346
2014 21,329
2015 21,344
2016 21,898
2017 22,115
2018 23,499
2019 24,126
2020 24,435
2021 25,450
2022 25,595
Average graduate salary by sector, 2022
Sector Salary(GBP)
Accounting 25,407
Advertising & PR 24,231
Architecture & Construction 23,681
Arts & Design 21,774
Banking 29,653
Buying & Merchandising 24,430
Charities 23,506
Computing & IT 26,692
Consultancy 25,899
Customer Service 24,826
Distribution & Logistics 25,437
Education & Teaching 22,997
Energy & Utilities 21,746
Engineering 25,011
Environmental 22,369
Finance 26,441
Food & Drink & Catering 28,420
Health 25,175
Human Resources 24,660
Insurance 26,365
Internet & Digital Media 27,979
Languages 28,040
Legal & Law 27,450
Management 27,240
Manufacturing & Production 24,052
Marketing 26,771
Media 23,103
Military & Defence 26,272
Property 24,928
Public Sector 25,160
Recruitment 25,468
Research & Analysis 26,208
Retail 24,266
Sales 26,170
Science & Technology 25,860
Secretarial & Business Admin 24,974
Sports & Recreation 22,386
Telecommunications 24,550
Training 25,608
Travel & Hospitality 18,500

Example: Your graduate starting salary

You are offered a starting salary of £18,000 per annum - here's what you can do

  • Research whether this is in line with the industry standard for this position. There are a range of online resources to help you understand the industry average and what can be considered fair.
  • If you don't think the salary is fair, you can negotiate, but remember how competitive the graduate job market is.
  • Factor in the location, any perks that accompany the salary and any bonus structures also offered.
  • Remember graduate salaries often increase rapidly during the early years of your career. You can expect to see you salary increase after a probation period and when you start to make a valuable contribution to their company.
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