In general, it’s easier to find a job if you have a university degree. You can also benefit in areas such as salary and personal development.

It’s hard to say if you’ll make more money if you decide to pursue university studies as there are many other factors at play. Some jobs require quite a few years of study, but don’t offer a high salary. Looking at the averages, however, it becomes clear that a university education is beneficial.

Average salary

In 2016, the average monthly salary was 32,800 SEK. The average for men was 34,900, while the average for women was 30,700, according to SCB (Statistics Sweden). 

In the following table, you can find the average monthly salary for different educational levels. Source: SCB’s statistics for 2015.

Educational level Women Men
Pre-upper secondary school, shorter than 9 years                                                     23,800      25,700   
Pre-upper secondary school, 9 (10) years 25,600 29,300
Upper secondary education, not more than 2 years 27,700 31,700
Upper secondary education, 3 years 26,800 30,600
Higher education degree (bachelor’s), less than 3 years 31,100 37,000
Higher education degree (master’s), 3 years or more 36,100 44,200
Doctoral degree 47,700 54,900

Easier to get a job with a university education

Looking at the big picture, it’s easier to get a job if you have a higher education degree. Many careers that require a degree also pay a better salary. This can vary depending on the degree subject, but more doors will be open to you with a degree than without one.

The function ”Hitta och jämför utbildning” – find and compare courses and programmes – can be found at the Swedish version of You can find out more about the job market for different professions. You can ask a guidance counsellor or a friend to help you with the Swedish.

To Hitta och jämför utbildning

Other factors

There are other reasons other than economic for studying at the higher education level. For example, in addition to facts about a subject you can learn:

  • how to on your own discover and apply new knowledge
  • how to understand complex contexts and solve problems
  • to develop critical thinking and questioning
  • something new in the subject area
Page last updated 2018-03-07