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Table 6 Description of wages (in €), by fields of study, sorted by mean

From: Place of study, field of study and labour-market region: What matters for wage differences among higher-education graduates?

Field of study N Mean Median SD Min Max
English and American studies 12 10.25 9.00 4.27 4.93 19.16
Architecture, interior design 40 11.39 11.49 3.36 5.17 19.16
Design 21 11.84 10.58 5.81 5.17 26.18
German studies 39 12.04 11.97 4.97 2.87 21.43
Administrative science 15 12.36 12.55 3.91 4.60 19.60
Romance studies 9 12.59 12.07 4.25 6.90 20.11
Comparative literature studies and linguistics 8 12.67 12.58 4.20 6.33 20.35
Prot. theology/religious doctrine 7 12.69 11.77 4.96 7.24 19.16
Landscape management, environmental design 34 12.81 12.51 4.09 4.38 24.08
Special pedagogy 29 12.88 12.41 3.37 5.25 23.10
Spatial planning 6 12.92 10.78 5.69 7.57 22.75
Forestry, wood industry 11 13.01 12.26 3.67 7.66 18.68
Social services 121 13.01 13.18 2.67 6.90 23.75
History 16 13.03 12.95 4.34 8.05 20.40
Geography 27 13.12 13.26 4.98 3.45 21.46
Linguistic and cultural sciences 36 13.20 13.07 3.74 7.36 19.16
Music, musicology 5 13.21 13.54 4.00 8.67 18.76
Dental medicine 41 13.23 12.64 3.71 6.96 21.35
Social sciences 37 13.33 14.32 4.56 4.60 21.07
Business and social studies, generally 28 13.46 13.28 4.53 6.51 21.66
Library science, documentation 17 13.46 13.41 4.64 6.90 26.05
Political sciences 20 13.75 14.17 4.53 5.75 20.75
Agricultural sciences 27 13.80 14.56 5.36 3.54 28.54
Educational sciences 91 14.20 13.57 3.65 6.44 25.69
Veterinary medicine 33 14.21 13.22 4.01 8.03 22.43
Psychology 62 14.47 14.84 4.52 5.81 26.82
Geosciences (without geography) 12 14.62 13.79 5.93 6.57 27.53
Sports, sports science 7 14.70 10.25 9.85 7.18 33.33
Chemistry 46 15.19 16.95 4.51 6.67 24.03
Surveying 16 15.22 16.38 4.89 4.54 22.99
Law 47 15.31 14.52 4.15 5.89 24.14
Health sciences 43 15.37 15.52 4.23 6.72 24.84
Biology 41 15.53 16.22 3.89 6.59 22.99
Food sciences and home economics 11 16.03 16.09 6.41 7.25 26.72
Physics, astronomy 49 16.18 17.44 4.98 5.75 29.69
Economic sciences 415 17.02 17.31 5.75 3.33 60.54
Civil engineering 45 17.62 16.09 7.03 8.62 54.50
Computer science 123 17.84 17.24 5.01 7.36 40.23
General engineering 18 17.92 18.49 4.36 6.90 25.24
Mechanical engineering, process engineering 144 18.36 18.07 4.41 7.66 31.85
Industrial engineering 77 19.38 19.16 5.55 6.39 37.72
Mathematics 34 19.49 21.28 6.70 4.89 31.89
Electrical engineering 66 19.82 18.79 5.54 7.36 43.44
Traffic engineering, nautical science 40 20.55 20.11 5.30 8.05 31.69
Human medicine 129 22.39 21.84 6.76 2.76 74.20
Total 2155 2155 2155 2155 2155 2155
  1. Only fields of study with at least five observations are reported;
  2. Data: DZHW Graduate Panel 2009, authors’ calculations
  3. SD standard deviation