Revealed: The universities with the highest starting salaries

Good news for the Russell Group, but not all of them


Paying £9,000 a year for a degree is all worth it – if you’re going to a university that will fetch you a £30k salary when you graduate that is.

While your course has a serious bearing on how much you’ll earn when you finish uni, the trend that Russell Group establishments give you better prospects has almost been broken. A degree from Loughborough – famous for sports and boys – will get you £24,884-a-year. Three years at City in London will make you a little more at £25,456. And a degree from Leicester’s former polytechnic De Montfort will mean you’ll get paid £26,670 – only £500 less than Oxford.

Still though, the hub of science and engineering Imperial takes top spot. Students here on average earn £33,951 when they start their first job. LSE, a university specifically designed to create the world’s next wave of financial gurus and CEOs, students will earn £33,406 when they start work. They’re not that closely followed by Cambridge, with an average graduate salary of £39,385.

So how quickly will you get rid of your mountain of debt and finally see your bank account in the black?

1. Imperial £33,951

2. LSE £33,406

3. Cambridge £29,385

4. Oxford £27,134

5. De Montfort £26,670

6. St George’s £26,358

7. Bath £26,071

8. King’s £26,014

9. UCL £25,983

10. Warwick £25,716

11. City £25,456

12. Loughborough £24,884

13. Queen Mary £24,468

14. Exeter £24,420

15. Bristol £24,254

16. Durham £24,065

17. St Andrews £24,029

18. Surrey £23,749

19. Southampton £23,707

20. Birmingham £23,416

21. West London £23,272

22. Brunel £23,247

23. Aston £23,190

24. Edinburgh £23,118

25. London South Bank £23,098

26. Strathclyde £23,062

27. Glasgow £22,999

28. Nottingham £22,982

29. Newcastle £22,760

30. Manchester £22,686

31. Aberdeen £22,616

32. Dundee £22,540

33. SOAS £22,534

34. Middlesex £22,459

35. Heriot-Watt £22,362

36. Hertfordshire £22,308

37. Sheffield £22,152

38. Goldsmiths £22,091

39. Robert Gordon £22,078

40. Oxford Brookes £22,052

41. Liverpool £21,998

42. Buckingham £21,978

43. Lancaster £21,967

44. Kingston £21,893

45. Greenwich £21,867

46. Bournemouth £21,764

47. York £21,732

48. Cardiff £21,714

49. Stirling £21,651

50. Leicester £21,635

51. UWE £21,632

52. Buckingham New £21,604

53. Leeds £21,568

54. Portsmouth £21,558

55. Brighton £21,545

56. Leeds Trinity £21,525

57. Reading £21,447

58. Roehampton £21,289

59. Royal Holloway £21,281

60. Westminster £21,186

61. Coventry £21,132

62. Northumbria £21,074

63. East London £21,054

64. Sussex £20,981

65. Royal Agricultural Uni £20,980

66. Keele £20,947

67. Glasgow Caledonian £20,931

68. Harper Adams £20,928

69. Kent £20,910

70. Queen’s University Belfast £20,863

71. UEA £20,790

72. London Met £20,788

73. Edinburgh Napier £20,762

74. St Mary’s £20,762

75. Plymouth £20,732

76. Birmingham City £20,714

77. Canterbury Christ Church £20,686

78. Liverpool Hope £20,645

79. Suffolk £20,631

80. Hull £20,611

81. Nottingham Trent £20,537

82. West Scotland £20,472

83. Swansea £20,425

84. John Moores £20,415

85. Abertay £20,384

86. Cumbria £20,148

87. Queen Margaret Edinburgh £20,110

88. University of the Arts, London £20,009

89. Sheffield Hallam £19,988

90. Essex £19,983

91. Bradford £19,884

92. Edge Hill £19,865

93. Salford £19,855

94. Leeds Beckett £19,771

95. Winchester £19,753

96. Teesside £19,720

97. Anglia Ruskin £19,646

98. Northampton £19,607

99. Derby £19,599

100. Manchester Met £19,519

101. Highlands and the Islands £19,455

102. Bedfordshire £19,400

103. Huddersfield £19,392

104. Wrexham Glyndwr £19,330

105. Cardiff Metropolitan £19,305

106. Stafforshire £19,288

107. Chester £19,234

108. South Wales £19,217

109. Arts University Bournemouth £19,182

110. Southampton Solent £19,070

111. UCLan £19,030

112. Aberystwyth £18,982

113. Ulster £18,981

114. Gloucestershire £18,952

115. Bishop Grosseteste £18,759

116. Lincoln £18,677

117. Bangor £18,649

118. Chichester £18,530

119. Newman £18,465

120. Worcester £18,434

121. Bolton £18,240

122. Sunderland £18,215

123. St Mark and St John £18,131

124. York St John £18,102

125. University for the Creative Arts £17,891

126. Bath Spa £17,737

127. Norwich University of the Arts £16,921

128. Falmouth £16,830