The median annual full-time pay for those with social science PhDs was £46,000 compared with £38,000 for the biological sciences, according to data presented in factsheets published by Research Councils UK.
Graduates with a PhD in the physical sciences and engineering went on to earn £40,000, which is the same amount as those with PhDs in the arts and humanities. But people with a doctorate in the biomedical sciences earned slightly more at £41,644.
The median salary across all doctorates was £40,700, according to the report The Impact of Doctoral Careers: Overview, which accompanies the factsheets. The results come from an online survey of 1,839 holders of doctorates who graduated between 2003-04 and 2005-06.
The survey found that seven to nine years after graduation those working in finance, business, IT and law earned the most with a median annual wage of £60,000. The median salary for those employed in higher education was £40,000.