Six of the top ten starting salaries in The Times Good University Guide 2015 by course are engineering disciplines

Engineers to command top starting salaries says guide

Engineering graduates are likely to receive some of the highest starting salaries, according to The Times Good University Guide 2015.

The guide, which is due for publication in October 2014, lists “salaries by course” and six of the top ten highest graduate starting salaries are engineering disciplines.

The top engineering discipline, and second on the overall salary list, is chemical engineering at £29,582, followed by general engineering at £26,362, mechanical engineering at £26,076, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering at £25,343, electrical and electronic engineering at £24,639 and civil engineering at £24,524.

IET chief executive Nigel Fine explained: “It’s very encouraging to see that graduates beginning their engineering careers are starting on such good salaries.  

“There has never been a better time to be an engineer: demand that far outstrips supply, competitive graduate salaries and fantastic career prospects are typical characteristics of the engineering profession today.”

Top of the list is dentistry with an average starting salary of £30,395. Law came only 47 out of the 66 courses with a starting salary of £19,598, while bottom of the list was creative writing at £16,903. The average overall starting salary is £21,982.

The IET’s 2014 annual Engineering and Technology: Skills & Demand in Industry report highlighted that 51 per cent of employers said they were recruiting engineering staff this year and that 59 per cent of companies indicated concerns that a shortage of engineers would be a threat to their businesses.

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