In general, it’s easier to find a job if you have a university degree. You can also benefit in areas like 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 2017, the average monthly salary was 33,700 SEK. The average for men was 35,700, while the average for women was 31,700, 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 2018.

Educational level Women Men
Pre-upper secondary school, shorter than 9 years                                                     24,000      26,700   
Pre-upper secondary school, 9 (10) years 26,400 30,500
Upper secondary education, not more than 2 years 29,100 33,300
Upper secondary education, 3 years 28,400 32,400
Higher education degree (bachelor’s), less than 3 years 32,600 38,300
Higher education degree (master’s), 3 years or more 38,500 46,300
Doctoral degree 50,600 56,000

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. Ask a guidance counsellor or a friend to help you with the Swedish.

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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 2020-02-07