Have you ever wondered whether you’re getting paid enough? Or whether you're earning below the average?
The Office of National Statistics has released new figures showing the average salary (UK) for over 400 job roles, from gardeners to artists, IT technicians to sales and marketing managers.
Their yearly survey showed that the average salary in the UK for men and women combined was £29,009, which includes those in both full-time and part work. For those in full-time work, the average UK salary is £35,423 and £12,083 for those in part-time.
In the most recent update, salary figures were up an average of 3.6%, with full-time salaries averaging at £36,611 and part-time salaries at £12,495. The Office of National Statistics, from whom these figures are pulled, calculates the average salary by looking at UK workers' average weekly salary, as well as the annual survey of hours and earnings. You can find out more about how average salary is calculated on the ONS website.
Who earns the most?
Unsurprisingly, senior managers, directors, and officials scooped the highest salaries of the bunch, earning an average salary of £58k with a full-time job. Amongst the lowest paying industries were those working in care and leisure, earning an average salary of £19k full time.
Other sectors see quite a differentiation in payment depending on an individual’s job role and qualification. Healthcare, for example, sees average salaries fluctuate between £23,000 and £79,000 depending on your role, with radiographers earning £34,592, nurses £32,338, midwives £35,348 and paramedics £36,697.
The ONS also reported that UK average salaries are on the increase, with people earning on average 2.5% more year on year. This is where we were sitting just before the 2008 financial crash, which saw 300,000 people made redundant and an average salary in the UK decrease of -2.5% across the board.
- Average Salary UK infographic - All Industries
- Average UK Salary by Age
- Average Salary UK - Top 20 Jobs
Are you earning enough for your age? Or are you earning above your peers? Using data from the Office of National Statistics, you can benchmark your average salary against others from your gender and age to see whether you are earning more or less than you should be.
Average UK Salary by Age: Full-Time
- In your late teens and early twenties, the average salary for both men and women sits at £16,771 per year.
- In your twenties, the average salary for both men and women sits at £26,778 per year.
- In your thirties, the average salary for both men and women sits at £36,983 per year.
- In your forties, the average salary for both men and women sits at £41,789 per year.
- In your fifties, the average salary for both men and women sits at £39,435 per year.
- In your sixties and beyond, the average salary for both men and women sits at £34,200 per year.
From your thirties, the averages for men and women top £30,000 per year, sitting around the UK average salary of £35,423. However, the figures for men and women differ due to a 13.7% gender pay gap for full-time salaries between men and women.
You can see this more starkly when you compare the figures side by side:
Full-Time Male Salary
Full-Time Female Salary
Average UK Salary by Age: Part-Time
In your late teens and early twenties, the average salary for both men and women sits at £6,245 per year.
In your twenties, the average salary for both men and women sits at £10,758 per year.
In your thirties, the average salary for both men and women sits at £13,875 per year.
In your forties, the average salary for both men and women sits at £13,958 per year.
In your fifties, the average salary for both men and women sits at £13,310 per year.
In your sixties and beyond, the average salary for both men and women sits at £11,772 per year.
For the UK’s most popular jobs, full-time staff can expect to earn the following:
IT Technicians - £31,731
Administrator - £25,050
Construction Project Manager - £40,549
Business/Corporate Project Manager - £58,478
Police Officer - £26,605
Education Support Assistant - £16,700
Business Development Manager - £52,500
Labourer - £28,237
Receptionist - £17,808
Sales Executive - £26,302
Account Manager - £52,500
Quantity Surveyor - £42,511
Care Assistant - £18,255
Chef - £21,282
Managers - £58,862 (although this varies widely depending on your field)
Nurse - £32,338
Electrician - £31,277
Doctor - £41,494
Lawyer - £63,771
Writer - £33,887
Teacher - £39,388
Business Analyst - £49,079
Finance Professionals - £42,578
Customer Service Advisor - £21,494
Engineer - £43,628
Unsurprisingly, sales directors scooped the largest take-home salaries, with full-time roles averaging £93,967 per year and part-time roles £32,980.
Sales account managers saw the second highest salary, with an average full-time salary of £52,500 and part-time £23,379. Associates came third, earning £44,990 full-time and £16,910 part time.
For those in the earlier stages of their career, full-time salaries sat just under the national average. Sales administrators take home £22k full-time and £11k part-time, and sales juniors between £17-22k full-time and £9k-£11k part-time.
Sales associate professionals
Business sales executives
Accounts & business dev managers
Elementary sales occupations
Average Full-Time Salary
Public relations professionals (such as PR managers, PR assistant managers and communications managers) also took home higher than the UK average salary, earning £37k full time and £15k part-time, which is £2k and £3k more respectively than their counterparts in other industries.
Associate professionals (such as marketing managers, social media managers, digital marketing specialists and research analysts) took home just under the average salary for the UK when male and female wages were combined.
Content writers and graphic designers took home an annual wage of around £30,000- with writers earning £33k and graphic designers £27k (men and women, full-time).
The lowest wages recorded were for those in junior marketing roles, with a full-time UK average salary of £17k and a part-time salary of £9k.
Marketing associate professions
Web design and development professionals
Public Relations Professionals
Junior marketing positions
Average Full-Time Salary
Legal professionals earn an average of £88,099 a year, which is considerably higher than the £58k of full-time senior managers.
The survey also showed that solicitors take home £53,100, legal associates £32,551 and legal secretaries £22,957.
Legal associates who worked part-time earn significantly less than their full-time counterparts, taking home an average of £13,573 per annum. All part-time legal workers in the legal profession were still earning over the UK average salary of £12,083 per annum for a part-time role.
Legal Professionals (n.e.c)
Average Full-Time Salary
HR Officers (including roles such as recruitment managers, training and development managers, compensation and rewards managers, and international resources managers) take home slightly lower than the UK average salary.
HR Officers earn an average salary of £35k for men and £29k for women in full-time roles. Their part-time counterparts took home significantly more than average, however, nearly £5k more (officers take home £16k part-time, which includes men and women.)
HR administrators were slightly lower in terms of the earning scale. Men and women earn an average full-time salary of £22k and a part-time salary of £12k. Part-time, administrators still earned more than the standard UK worker, and significantly higher than those in other industries.
HR Managers and Directors
Average Full-Time Salary
Check out our infographic below to see the average salary UK (full-time and part-time) for your role or industry
About the Author
Sophie Austin, Site Manager for findcourses.co.uk moved to Sweden in 2017 from London, England, where she spent 3 years working in the education sector.
Sophie has a First Class Bachelor’s Degree from King’s College London and is currently studying for her Masters in Creative Writing at Stockholm University. A qualified writer, alongside her work Sophie has written two books and is a contributing writer for the 2019 UK L&D Report.