In general, it’s easier to find a job if you have a university degree. You can also have other benefits 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 of benefit.

Average salary

In 2015, the average monthly salary was 32,000 SEK. The average for men was 34,100, while the average for women was 29,900, 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                                                     23,300      26,000   
Pre-upper secondary school, 9 (10) years 25,100 28,800
Upper secondary education, not more than 2 years 26,900 31,000
Upper secondary education, 3 years 26,200 30,100
Higher education degree (bachelor’s), less than 3 years 30,500 36,200
Higher education degree (master’s), 3 years or more 35,000 43,700
Doctoral degree 46,900 53,700

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 ”Jämför utbildning” – compare courses and programmes – can be found at the Swedish 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 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 2017-09-01