Alumni Rich List: top 20 UK higher education institutions for graduate salaries

Find out which institution’s graduates are earning the most money

January 15, 2015

Academic study is not all about the money. But with student fees in England at a record high, and graduates across the UK amassing thousands of pounds in debt over the course of their degrees, earning potential post-graduation is undoubtedly of huge importance to many university applicants.

With this in mind, salary benchmarking service has published statistics that reveal how the average salaries of graduates from different universities vary.

The findings are based on data submitted anonymously by tens of thousands of people in hundreds of different professions. To be eligible for this particular list, data for a minimum of 50 recent graduates (within five years) was required. A total of 47 institutions met this benchmark, and the top 20 as ranked by average salary are listed below.

Many of the institutions also feature in our global Times Higher Education university rankings. Where they do, you can click on the institution’s name to find out more about it.

The Alumni Rich List

Salary figure is average earning within five years of leaving the institution

1London Business School£69,000
2University of Oxford£54,000
3Warwick Business School£53,000
4University of Cambridge£52,500
5Cass Business School£50,500
6London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)£50,000
7University of Sheffield£49,000
8University of Edinburgh£48,500
9Imperial College London£47,000
10University of Birmingham£46,500
11University of London£45,500
12Durham University£45,000
13University of Bath£43,500
14Aston University£43,000
15University of Warwick£42,500
16University of Bristol£41,000
17University College London (UCL)£40,500
18Loughborough University£40,500
19University of Leeds£40,500
20University of Nottingham£40,000

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Reader's comments (1)

It would be very interesting to know how much of this represents "added value" from the particular education offered in each case and how much simply represents perpetuation of pre-existing socio-economic advantage in the student intake.