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Average Salary in United Kingdom 2020

How much money does a person working in United Kingdom make?


Average Yearly Salary
119,000 GBP
( 9,940 GBP monthly)

LOW
16,100
GBP
AVERAGE
119,000
GBP
HIGH
528,000
GBP

A person working in United Kingdom typically earns around 119,000 GBP per year. Salaries range from 16,100 GBP (lowest average) to 528,000 GBP (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Distribution of Salaries in United Kingdom

Median and salary distribution yearly United Kingdom
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in United Kingdom range from 16,100 GBP per year (minimum salary) to 528,000 GBP per year (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 114,000 GBP per year, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 114,000 GBP while the other half are earning more than 114,000 GBP. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of the population are earning less than 58,800 GBP while 75% of them are earning more than 58,800 GBP. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 308,000 GBP while 25% are earning more than 308,000 GBP.


What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage.

Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.

Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.


Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.

Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

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It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.


Change in salary based on education varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.

Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a cerificate or diploma.

Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.


Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in United Kingdom costs anywhere from 49,700 Pound Sterling(s) to 149,000 Pound Sterling(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

The decision really depends on your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.



Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly United Kingdom
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male employees in United Kingdom earn 5% more than their female counterparts.

Female
117,000 GBP
Male+5%
122,000 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United Kingdom

How much are annual salary increments in United Kingdom? How often do employees get salary raises?

United Kingdom

Employees in United Kingdom are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 15 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate United Kingdom
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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in United Kingdom is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Banking
3%
Energy
6%
Information Technology
9%
Healthcare
3%
Travel
6%
Construction
9%
Education
3%

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in United Kingdom for the year 2019. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.


Average Salary Increase Rate by Experience Level

Junoir Level
3% - 5%
Mid-Career
6% - 9%
Senior Level
10% - 15%
Top Management
15% - 20%

The difference in increment rates is somehow justified because employers put more effort to retain more experienced staff since they are harder to acquire than less experienced ones.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Bonus and Incentive Rates in United Kingdom

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate United Kingdom
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47% of surveyed staff in United Kingdom reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 53% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 5% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
53%
No Bonus
47%

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.


Bonus Rates Comparison by Career Field

Finance
High
Architecture
High
Sales
High
Business Development
High
Marketing / Advertising
High
Information Technology
Moderate
Healthcare
Moderate
Insurance
Moderate
Customer Service
Moderate
Human Resources
Moderate
Construction
Low
Transport
Low
Hospitality
Low

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.


Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in United Kingdom earn 4% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
117,000 GBP
Public Sector+4%
122,000 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Trend and Forecast in United Kingdom

How are United Kingdom salaries changing over time? The chart below shows the average salary change in the past few years.

Salary trends and forecast yearly United Kingdom
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Average Salary 2016
106,000 GBP
Average Salary 2017+4%
110,000 GBP
Average Salary 2018+2%
112,000 GBP
Average Salary 2019+3%
115,000 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salaries in United Kingdom are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 3% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant80,500 GBP
Accounting Assistant79,700 GBP
Accounting Manager154,000 GBP
Bookkeeper60,100 GBP
Chartered Accountant106,000 GBP
Corporate Treasurer202,000 GBP
Financial Analyst126,000 GBP
Financial Manager251,000 GBP
Internal Auditor123,000 GBP

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant63,900 GBP
Office Manager80,700 GBP
Receptionist63,500 GBP
Secretary63,800 GBP

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director120,000 GBP
Creative Director124,000 GBP
Graphic Designer79,400 GBP
Photographer82,500 GBP

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer129,000 GBP
Air Traffic Controller123,000 GBP
Flight Attendant98,300 GBP
Pilot141,000 GBP

Architecture
Architect103,000 GBP
CAD Drafter87,300 GBP

Automotive
Mechanic63,100 GBP
Service Advisor90,500 GBP

Banking
Bank Branch Manager168,000 GBP
Teller79,200 GBP

Bilingual
Teacher90,900 GBP
Translator106,000 GBP

Business Planning
Business Analyst145,000 GBP
Business Development Manager184,000 GBP
Project Manager138,000 GBP

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny72,700 GBP
Nursery Teacher86,000 GBP

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer111,000 GBP
Construction Project Manager147,000 GBP
Health and Safety Officer74,200 GBP

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative81,300 GBP
Customer Service Manager163,000 GBP
Customer Service Representative81,100 GBP

Engineering
Civil Engineer110,000 GBP
Electrical Engineer117,000 GBP
Engineer103,000 GBP
Mechanical Engineer114,000 GBP

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer271,000 GBP
Chief Financial Officer252,000 GBP
General Manager218,000 GBP
Project Manager132,000 GBP

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef94,600 GBP
Executive Chef108,000 GBP
Hotel Manager175,000 GBP
Receptionist86,500 GBP
Travel Agent97,300 GBP
Waiter / Waitress73,900 GBP

Health and Medical
Dentist291,000 GBP
Dietitian258,000 GBP
Laboratory Technician88,000 GBP
Nurse91,700 GBP

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager161,000 GBP
Human Resources Officer96,500 GBP

Information Technology
Computer Technician93,500 GBP
Database Administrator120,000 GBP
Developer / Programmer102,000 GBP
Information Technology Manager168,000 GBP
Network Engineer105,000 GBP

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer90,900 GBP

Legal
Attorney175,000 GBP
Legal Assistant89,100 GBP

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist120,000 GBP

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer107,000 GBP
Pharmacist129,000 GBP

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier66,300 GBP
Sales Manager192,000 GBP
Sales Representative74,100 GBP

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher81,300 GBP
Secondary School Teacher93,000 GBP

Average Hourly Wage in United Kingdom


57 GBP per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United Kingdom is 57 GBP. This means that the average person in United Kingdom earns approximately 57 GBP for every worked hour.


Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Aberdeen120,000 GBP
Abingdon111,000 GBP
Armagh119,000 GBP
Bangor105,000 GBP
Belfast126,000 GBP
Birmingham143,000 GBP
Bradford135,000 GBP
Brighton132,000 GBP
Bristol141,000 GBP
Cambridge121,000 GBP
Canterbury113,000 GBP
Cardiff130,000 GBP
Chester117,000 GBP
Coventry136,000 GBP
Derby132,000 GBP
Derry113,000 GBP
Dundee117,000 GBP
Durham116,000 GBP
Edinburgh130,000 GBP
Exeter123,000 GBP
Glasgow133,000 GBP
Gloucester122,000 GBP
Hartlepool119,000 GBP
Inverness106,000 GBP
Kingston upon Hull136,000 GBP
Kirkwall103,000 GBP
Leeds143,000 GBP
Leicester138,000 GBP
Lincoln125,000 GBP
Lisburn110,000 GBP
Liverpool142,000 GBP
London145,000 GBP
Manchester141,000 GBP
Newcastle135,000 GBP
Newport118,000 GBP
Newry113,000 GBP
Norwich124,000 GBP
Nottingham137,000 GBP
Oxford128,000 GBP
Peterborough129,000 GBP
Plymouth133,000 GBP
Poole126,000 GBP
Portsmouth131,000 GBP
Ripon113,000 GBP
Salisbury117,000 GBP
Sheffield143,000 GBP
Somerset138,000 GBP
Southampton133,000 GBP
St Davids103,000 GBP
Stirling111,000 GBP
Stromness102,000 GBP
Strontian101,000 GBP
Swansea123,000 GBP
Truro115,000 GBP
Wakefield109,000 GBP
Wells102,000 GBP
Winchester107,000 GBP
Wolverhampton122,000 GBP
York119,000 GBP

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
England227,000 GBP
Northern Ireland109,000 GBP
Scotland167,000 GBP
Wales113,000 GBP
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