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Being a student often means having to get by without much money, completely reliant on the next instalment of a grant or loan to come in (or mum and dad to send you some cash). Things won’t always be this desperate though. One day, you’ll be earning money. If you’re lucky, you might even be earning lots of money.

Start fantasizing about what you’ll spend your first month’s wages on by looking at this list of the average salaries for different jobs and careers. Figures are based on national data for the US and UK.

Accounting & finance

Average accounting & finance salaries in the UK 
(data from )

Brokers

£41,116

Actuaries

£56,564

Economists

£36,804

Statistician

£31,233

Finance and investment analysts and advisers

£34,311

Accounting technician

£20,456

Insurance underwriters

£26,896

Financial accounts managers

£26,950

Chartered accountants

£35,126

Finance officers

£22,893

 

Average accounting & finance salaries in the US 
(data from the , 2018)

Actuaries

$102,880

Accountants and auditors

$70,500

Personal financial advisors

$88,890

Financial analysts

$85,660

Financial examiners

$80,180

Budget analysts

$76,220

Insurance underwriters

$69,380

Loan officers

$63,040

Cost estimators

$64,040

Tax examiners and collectors, and revenue agents

$54,440

Architecture

Average architecture salaries in the UK 
(data from PayScale)

Architects (not landscape or naval)

£32,887

Landscape architects

£25,531

Naval architects

£38,472

Architectural technologists

£24,329

Architectural designers

£27,006

 

Average architecture salaries in the US 
(data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018)

Architectural and engineering managers

$140,760

Architects

$79,380

Drafters

$55,550

Art

Art & design

Average art & design salaries in the UK 
(data from PayScale unless otherwise stated)

Graphic designers

£22,039

Artists (data from )

£26,433

Archivists

£26,433

Musicians

£27,014

 

Average art & design salaries in the US 
(data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018)

Producers and directors

$71,680

Multimedia artists and animators

$72,520

All art and design occupations

$46,660

Archivists, curators and museum technicians

$48,400

Graphic designers

$50,370

Business & management

Average business & management salaries in the UK 
(data from PayScale)

Chief executives and senior officials

£89,073

Marketing directors

£64,948

Financial managers

£40,049

Human resource managers

£35,607

Purchasing managers

£33,788

Business development managers

£33,126

Project management director

£72,684

Management consultants

£47,975

Business analysts

£35,341

Senior sales executives

£24,808

Sales administrators

£18,372

 

Average business & management salaries in the US 
(data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018)

Management analysts

$83,610

Logisticians

$74,600

Budget analysts

$76,220

Operations research analysts

$83,390

Market research analysts

$63,120

Human resources specialists

$60,880

Training and development specialists

$60,870

Computer science

Computer science & information technology

Average computer science & IT salaries in the UK 
(data from PayScale)

Information technology directors

£78,189

IT specialist

£35,766

IT project managers

£41,545

IT business analysts

£35,341

Telecommunications specialist

£26,351

Programmers

£30,326

Software development managers

£54,347

Telecommunications engineers

£26,351

 

Average computer science & IT salaries in the US 
(data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018)

Computer and information research scientists

$118,370

Software developers

$105,590

Information security analysts

$98,350

Computer systems analysts

$88,740

Computer network architects

$109,020

Computer programmers

$84,280

Web developers

$69,430

Computer support specialists

$53,470

 Engineering

Average engineering salaries in the UK 
(data from PayScale)

Aircraft engineers

£34,356

Design engineering manager

£50,375

Production managers in manufacturing

£34,965

Electrical engineers

£31,308

Mechanical engineers

£30,630

Electronics engineers

£29,287

Product development engineers

£30,003

Civil engineers

£31,046

Mining engineers

£40,695

Quality control engineers

£27,519

Engineering technicians

£23,093

 

Average engineering salaries in the US 
(data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018)

Computer hardware engineers

$114,600

Aerospace engineers

$115,220

Chemical engineers

$104,910

Electronics engineers (except computer)

$99,070

Mining and geological engineers

$92,250

Nuclear engineers

$107,600

Petroleum engineers

$137,170

Marine engineers and naval architects

$92,560

Biomedical engineers

$88,550

Materials engineers

$92,390

Mechanical engineers

$87,370

Civil engineers

$86,640

Environmental engineers

$87,620

Industrial engineers

$87,040

Agricultural engineers

$77,110

Drafters

$55,550

Law

Average legal salaries in the UK 
(data from PayScale)

Attorney/lawyer

£45,920

Solicitors

£35,876

Barristers

£50,987

Law firm partner

£72,138

 

Average legal salaries in the US 
(data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018)

Lawyers

$120,910

Judges and hearing officers

$117,190

Arbitrators, mediators and conciliators

$62,270

Court reporters

$57,150

Paralegals and legal assistants

$50,940

Media & communications

Average media & communications salaries in the UK 
(data from PayScale)

Public relations directors

£71,483

Advertising accounts managers

£26,423

Creative directors

£48,930

Journalists

£23,552

Public relations managers

£32,648

Author/writer

£36,100

 

Average media & communications salaries in the US 
(data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018)

Writers and editors

$62,170

Public relations specialists

$60,000

News analysts, reporters and correspondents

$43,490

Broadcast and sound engineering technicians

$43,660

Announcers

$31,990

Medicine

Medicine & life sciences

Average medical & life sciences salaries in the UK 
(data from PayScale)

General Practice Doctors

£50,731

Midwifes

£27,010

Dentists

£49,949

Biochemists

£30,167

Veterinarians

£31,091

Pharmacists

£34,910

Paramedics

£25,553

Psychologists

£31,341

 

Average medical & life sciences salaries in the US 
(data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018)

Physicians and surgeons

$208,000

Dentists

$156,240

Veterinarians

$93,830

Medical scientists

$84,810

Biological technicians

$44,500

Psychologists

$79,010

Conservation scientists and foresters

$61,340

Natural sciences

Average natural sciences salaries in the UK 
(data from PayScale)

Research scientists

£30,966

Research chemists

£29,062

Environmental scientists

£26,592

Geoscientists (but not hydrologists or geographers)

£32,712

 

Average natural sciences salaries in the US 
(data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018)

Biological Technicians

$44,500

Environmental scientists

$71,130

Chemists and materials scientists

$78,330

Geoscientists

$91,130

This article was originally published in March 2015. It was last updated in June 2019.

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im looking into doing my masters in biological science where can i do it

Hi Zinhle, to help you to choose a university, you could check our latest rankings by subject for biological science (the results can be narrowed down depending on where you'd like to study). 

I don't know what to choose between electrical engineering and industrial engineering?
I did my bachelor's in electrical engineering but I find it very hard. Can anyone say the scope for Industrial engineering in us and the job opportunities

Thank you so much for your guide.

Nice info

Hlo,
Myself Gunjan saini living in india nd giving the final yr exam of bachelors in dental surgery ..their will be a internship after passing the exam.I want to do mds from abroad with scholarship .plz guide me what shall i do ?

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