Top 10 MBA Salary Uplift: Europe

Top 10 MBA Salary Uplift: Europe


The average salary uplift at European schools (57%) falls behind the global average salary uplift (64%) highlighted in the QS TopMBA.com Return on Investment Report 2018. It is even further behind the North American average (74%), but it is worth noting this is largely down to candidates being at a more advanced point in their careers, prior to beginning an MBA. As such, the salary jumps experienced are often not as dramatic as seen by their peers in North America.

However, this is not always the case, and as you will see below there are a great number of institutions across Europe that can provide massive leaps in salary - typically over a shorter space of time.


1)       University of Mannheim | Germany | 162% salary uplift

Topping our European list is the University of Mannheim’s full-time MBA. With a massive salary uplift of 162% students can expect to be earning an average of US$93,600 three months after they graduate. The University of Mannheim’s full-time MBA also comes in at fifth place in our Top 10 MBA Salary Uplift: Global list.



2)       University of Strathclyde | United Kingdom | 155% salary uplift

With an MBA program that takes an average of just 18 months to pay back, it isn’t hard to see why the Strathclyde MBA is such a popular choice. Graduates can expect an average salary upon completion of the degree of around US$77,500 – representing an uplift of 155% on pre-MBA salaries.



3)       Imperial College London | United Kingdom | 139% salary uplift

Offering a hugely impressive performance in terms of 10-year return on investment (ROI) (second in our Top 10 Busniess Degrees for ROI list), the MBA at Imperial College Business School also offers a 139% uplift on salaries, taking total earnings three months after graduation to an average of US$83,500.



4)       University of Leeds | United Kingdom | 131% salary uplift

Providing an average salary uplift of 131%, MBA students at the University of Leeds benefit from a top global MBA program that emphasises both professional and personal development, alongside the integration of business and management theory with real-world practice.



5)       IÉSEG School of Management | France | 124% salary uplift

Our sole entry from France on this list – over 90% of graduates of the IÉSEG international MBA have accepted a job offer within three months of graduating. At an average salary of US$62,100 this represents a very healthy increase on pre-MBA salaries.



6)       EBS Universität | Germany | 121% salary uplift

The second program from Germany on our list is the MBA at the EBS Universität. Offering a real chance to gain a foothold in the German job market, students that successfully complete the degree can expect an average salary of approximately US$87,800.



7)       ESMT Berlin | Germany | 120% salary uplift

Following hot on the heels of EBS Universität is the full-time ESMT MBA, which offers a very similar uplift in terms of salary. The intense program runs from January to December each year and sees students propel their salaries upwards to an average of US$79,000, three months after graduating.



8)       University of Bath | United Kingdom | 119% salary uplift

Coming in at eighth is the Bath MBA, with students seeing a rise in salary of 119% and a competitive US$70,700 figure three months after graduation. Those in less of a hurry to start a new permanent position have the option to take part in a six-month internship once studies have finished.



9)       University of Lancaster | United Kingdom | 117% salary uplift

Holding quadruple accreditation: Fully accredited by the Association of MBAs, AACSB and EQUIS and the Small Business Charter, the Lancaster MBA helps students fast-track their careers with an average post-graduation salary of US$59,000.



10)   University of Birmingham | United Kingdom | 103% salary uplift

The final entry on this list still represents a salary increase that is more than double the pre-MBA figure. Upon graduation, students of the Birmingham MBA can expect to earn an average salary of US$65,200, which helps them to payback their tuition fees in an estimated 23 months.


Written by Phil Cottrell

Phil is the editor of TopMBA.com and has a breadth of editorial and digital marketing experience. He has worked across a variety of industries from e-commerce and commercial real estate to managing all content for a C-suite careers site aimed at UK and US professionals.

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