The best- and worst-paid jobs in the United Kingdom

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We’ve already had a look at salaries in the United Kingdom and we all know that the mínimum salary is £6.50 per hour in the UK. But what happens when you find a job in your specialization? How much does a dentist or an IT technician make? What about a schoolteacher?

Here’s a ranking* of 30 fairly common jobs, just to give you an idea:

Doctor ……………………………………………… £101.451
Pilot ……………….…………………………………….. £78.356
Marketing/Sales director ………….…………………… £68.751
Architect.. …………………………………………… £62.346
Dentist ….…………………………………………….. £58,453
Lawyer ……………………………………………….. £51.756
Pharmacist ….………………………………………… £43.345
Air traffic controller …………………………………. £39.938
Secondary school teacher ….………………………… £39.404
Primary school teacher ….…………………………… £39.086
Psychologist ……………………………………………. £38.201
Mechanical engineer …..……………………………….. £37.295
Computer engineer (IT) ………………………………… £36.232
Civil engineer …………………………………………… £36.004
Engineer (other) ……..………………………………….. £32.932
Biologist .……………………………………………….. £32.364
Research scientist …………….……………………………. £31.995
Journalist ….……………………………………………. £31.500
Physicist ..………………………………………………. £31.350
Policeman ………………….……………………………. £29.580
Mathematician ….……………………………………….. £29.396
Teacher (others) ….………………………………….….. £29.037
Programmer …..………………………………………… £28.461
Graphic designer …….…………………………………. £27.039
Nurse ……………………………………………………. £25.631
Hairdresser/Barber ………………………………………. £20.970
Waiter/Waitress …………………………………………. £20.044
Secretary —-……………………………………………… £19.819
Cleaner ………………….……………………………….. £16.247
Barista / Bar Staff ……………………….……………….. £15.036
Retail …………….………………………………………. £14.450

* Data from the website MySalaryChecker.com
** Update at the end of the article

The numbers represent gross annual salary, taking the average for each position throughout the United Kingdom. Keep in mind that salaries in Edinburgh and Liverpool are not the same as in London. For example, a person working in a clothes store in Bristol who makes the minimum wage is different from someone who works in a luxury boutique in London, who might make as much as £40,000.

In January, The Mirror published an article where these figures differ. They said that the average salary in the United Kingdom is £26,500 per year (32,600€).

Other job positions that aren’t very well-paid, according to The Mirror, are:

  • Lollipop ladies ……………………………….. £3,187/año
  • Bar staff  / Waiters / Waitresses ………… £7,317-£7,654
  • Receptionists …………………………………..… £12,595
  • Chefs ……………………………………………… £17,391

The truth is that it depends on the hours you work, so a waiter can make as much as a cleaner, but the latter will need more than one job to make the same amount. That’s the difference.

Do you make more or less than what’s on the list?

10 JUNE 2014 UPDATE

After seeing some reactions on social media, we’d like to make some clarifications:

1. The numbers in the article are gross GBP per year. For example, £20,000 means £1,380 net per month. To calculate net salary, you can consult ListenToTaxMan.com
2. The numbers on the list are THE AVERAGE IN ALL OF THE UK, not from a specific city, and give average salaries based on the data from MySalaryChecker.com
3. In contrast, the Mirror indicates the average annual salary by job. In this case people who work as BAR STAFF (waiters, kitchen porters, etc.) earn an average of £7,300-£8,000 per year (about £660 per month). This number is listed because they probably don’t work 40 hours a week on average. This might be true for a lollipop girl or many cleaners.
4. If someone works 37.5 hours a week in the United Kingdom, for £7 gross an hour, this person gets £12,236 gross per year = £1,020 a month.

We have friends who are engineers, teachers, or psychologists, and when they arrived in the UK they worked in the service industry for minimum wage. Other people already came with jobs as engineers or IT technicians with a salary of £15/h, or they were qualified pharmacists or orthodonists and making more than £23 an hour and earning more than £3,000 or £4,000 a month. All these people also exist, and we’ve met them in person. But they’re obviously not in the majority. That’s why you should always be ready to put up a fight: we’re sure that the United Kingdom is a place that’s worth the effort, and you’ll be rewarded in the end.

15 DECEMBER 2014 UPDATE

A few days ago ONS (the British statistics institute), published the 2014 data about average salaries. In total, they looked at the almost 22 million workers in the United Kingdom, and from this data we’ve calculated the average compensation, which is about £27,271, or 34,300€ gross annually.

The cream of the crop is made up of traders, company directors and CEOs, and then pilots. Then in the lower part of the table, we have the worst-paid positions, which are in the service sectors: waiters, cleaners, carers, etc.

If you want to do a quicker search, use Ctrl+F to look for a specific word. To access the whole list, you can look at the article from ThisIsMoney.co.uk or the official ONS website, which has organized the data into some good infographics:

neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/salaries2014

These are the Top100

AVERAGE SALARIES UK 2014

Rank – Job title / Position – Average Salary * – Diff. 2013 – No. Workers **

1
Brokers
£133,677
n/a
16,000
2
Chief executives and senior officials
£107,703
-8.4%
69,000
3
Aircraft pilots and flight engineers
£90,146
12.5%
8,000
4
Marketing and sales directors
£82,962
-2.4%
126,000
5
Information technology and telecommunications directors
£80,215
23.7%
23,000
6
Financial institution managers and directors
£78,782
7.2%
83,000
7
Advertising and public relations directors
£77,619
23.8%
7,000
8
Financial managers and directors
£76,320
-0.9%
238,000
9
Air traffic controllers
£75,416
9.3%
n/a
10
Legal professionals
£73,425
-1.2%
34,000
11
Medical practitioners
£69,463
-1.7%
171,000
12
Actuaries, economists and statisticians
£61,749
0.2%
16,000
13
Senior police officers
£58,533
-0.4%
12,000
14
Human resource managers and directors
£56,315
4.3%
89,000
15
Research and development managers
£52,882
6.7%
39,000
16
Purchasing managers and directors
£52,683
1.2%
45,000
17
Sales accounts and business development managers
£51,576
7.2%
392,000
18
Physical scientists
£50,763
-6%
n/a
19
Production managers and directors in manufacturing
£49,690
-3.5%
416,000
20
Senior professionals of educational establishments
£49,679
0.6%
89,000
21
Production managers and directors in construction
£49,668
5%
79,000
22
IT specialist managers
£49,194
2%
142,000
23
Functional managers and directors
£48,965
-8.6%
61,000
24
Senior officers in fire, ambulance, prison and related services
£48,228
-2.4%
8,000
25
IT project and programme managers
£48,144
-3.8%
17,000
26
Health services and public health managers and directors
£47,894
-2.8%
40,000
27
Business and financial project management professionals
£47,795
-2.8%
183,000
28
Train and tram drivers
£47,101
3.5%
25,000
29
Electrical engineers
£46,984
5.7%
21,000
30
Solicitors
£46,576
3.8%
70,000
31
Taxation experts
£46,551
2.2%
15,000
32
IT business analysts, architects and systems designers
£46,197
3.9%
93,000
33
Finance and investment analysts and advisers
£45,490
-3.6%
96,000
34
Quality assurance and regulatory professionals
£45,458
6%
62,000
35
Property, housing and estate managers
£44,423
14.2%
80,000
36
Financial and accounting technicians
£44,080
1.2%
27,000
37
Management consultants and business analysts
£43,820
2.8%
120,000
38
Insurance underwriters
£43,487
1.4%
23,000
39
Barristers and judges
£43,368
-5.3%
n/a
40
Architects
£43,307
-1.9%
29,000
41
Mechanical engineers
£43,029
-3%
32,000
42
Rail and rolling stock builders and repairers
£42,793
13.5%
n/a
43
Managers and directors in transport and distribution
£41,998
2.8%
58,000
44
Electronics engineers
£41,685
12.2%
n/a
45
Engineering professionals
£41,453
0%
126,000
46
Financial accounts managers
£41,389
2%
109,000
47
Quantity surveyors
£41,086
5.8%
23,000
48
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
£40,957
1.6%
75,000
49
Waste disposal and environmental services managers
£40,857
-3.7%
7,000
50
Programmers and software development professionals
£40,748
1.1%
158,000
51
Construction project managers and related professionals
£40,519
-3.4%
15,000
52
Advertising accounts managers and creative directors
£40,510
7.3%
20,000
53
Dental practitioners
£40,268
-24.9%
8,000
54
Design and development engineers
£40,245
0.7%
66,000
55
Civil engineers
£40,200
4.3%
41,000
56
Rail transport operatives
£40,060
5.6%
n/a
57
Higher education teaching professionals
£40,054
2.6%
152,000
58
Social services managers and directors
£39,698
-0.9%
13,000
59
Ship and hovercraft officers
£39,295
-0.7%
n/a
60
Police officers (sergeant and below)
£38,720
-1.6%
237,000
61
Chartered and certified accountants
£38,692
3.2%
76,000
62
Production and process engineers
£38,223
-0.8%
38,000
63
Biological scientists and biochemists
£38,108
1%
55,000
64
Garage managers and proprietors
£37,997
-0.3%
8,000
65
Pipe fitters
£37,982
3.7%
n/a
66
Veterinarians
£37,763
16.7%
10,000
67
Arts officers, producers and directors
£37,519
4.7%
18,000
68
Marine and waterways transport operatives
£37,517
13.9%
n/a
69
Pharmacists
£37,439
0.5%
35,000
70
Paramedics
£36,771
-0.1%
18,000
71
Natural and social science professionals
£36,594
0.3%
42,000
72
Psychologists
£36,495
6.9%
22,000
73
Chartered surveyors
£36,470
2.7%
50,000
74
Quality control and planning engineers
£36,454
5.1%
30,000
75
Managers and proprietors in other services
£36,035
0%
66,000
76
Rail construction and maintenance operatives
£35,781
-10.4%
12,000
77
Skilled metal, electrical and electronic trades supervisors
£35,709
1.5%
46,000
78
Business, research and administrative professionals
£35,545
-1.2%
61,000
79
Crane drivers
£35,458
10.2%
9,000
80
Health and safety officers
£35,311
6.6%
25,000
81
Protective service associate professionals
£35,249
-0.6%
23,000
82
Journalists, newspaper and periodical editors
£34,639
-1.6%
45,000
83
Engineering technicians
£34,355
5.2%
79,000
84
Quarry workers and related operatives
£34,250
n/a
n/a
85
Chemical scientists
£34,099
-4%
12,000
86
Aircraft maintenance and related trades
£34,088
-1.1%
15,000
87
Construction and building trades supervisors
£34,051
3.3%
36,000
88
Chartered architectural technologists
£33,651
17.8%
n/a
89
Business sales executives
£33,432
1.5%
195,000
90
Coal mine operatives
£33,102
4.1%
n/a
91
Secondary education teaching professionals
£32,524
-2.2%
397,000
92
Telecommunications engineers
£32,320
0.1%
36,000
93
Buyers and procurement officers
£32,279
2.1%
48,000
94
Estimators, valuers and assessors
£32,261
-0.5%
46,000
95
Environment professionals
£32,036
-3.6%
32,000
96
Education advisers and school inspectors
£31,665
-8.2%
16,000
97
Medical radiographers
£31,520
0.6%
32,000
98
Planning, process and production technicians
£31,505
5.3%
34,000
99
Electrical and electronic trades
£31,241
1.7%
102,000
100
Business and related research professionals
£31,214
-2.6%
71,000

And the worst-paid:

341
Hairdressers and barbers
£10,019
-1.6%
50,000
342
Other elementary service occupations
£9,996
-5.9%
n/a
343
Retail cashiers and check-out operators
£9,160
-3.4%
133,000
344
Kitchen and catering assistants
£8,975
1.7%
339,000
345
Market research interviewers
£8,424
15.2%
7,000
346
Cleaners and domestics
£7,919
-1.5%
503,000
347
Waiters and waitresses
£7,554
-0.8%
96,000
348
Bar staff
£7,404
1.6%
89,000
349
Care escorts
£7,244
-3.3%
11,000
350
Playworkers
£6,922
-6.4%
34,000
351
School midday and crossing patrol occupations
£3,394
6.9%
87,000

Thanks for all your input!

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