Civil engineering offers the lowest salaries to graduates of engineering degrees, according to The Times Good University Guide 2015.
However, students graduating from engineering courses are still likely to be among the highest graduate earners. Only dentistry was higher than the best paid engineering profession, chemical engineering.
Six of the top 10 highest graduate starting salaries are engineering disciplines.
Average graduate starting pay for the engineering disciplines, in order of salary, are:
- Chemical engineering, £29,582
- General engineering, £26,362
- Mechanical engineering, £26,076
- Aeronautical and manufacturing engineering, £25,343
- Electrical and electronic engineering, £24,639
- Civil engineering, £24,524.
Top of the pile 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.
Bottom of the list was Creative Writing at £16,903.
The average overall starting salary is £21,982.
IET chief executive, Nigel Fine, said: “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.”
The IET’s 2014 annual Engineering and Technology: Skills & Demand in Industry report found that 51% of employers were recruiting engineering staff this year and 59% of companies indicated concerns that a shortage of engineers would be a threat to their businesses.