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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)


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

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries differ drasticly between different jobs. 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

The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in United Kingdom range between 16,100 GBP per year (minimum salary) to 528,000 GBP per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 117,000 GBP per year, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 117,000 GBP while the other half are earning more than 117,000 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 59,900 GBP while 75% of them are earning more than 59,900 GBP. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 310,000 GBP while 25% are earning more than 310,000 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 plently of room for improvement. If your wage is in between the average and median, then things can be a bit confusing. We have written a guide to explain all the different senarios. How to compare your salary

Salary Trend and Forecast in United Kingdom

How are United Kingdom salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary over the past few years.

Salary trends and forecast yearly United Kingdom
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 2020 are 4% higher than those of 2019. The trend suggests a slow yet continous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers differ slightly 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

Architect103,000 GBP
CAD Drafter87,300 GBP

Mechanic63,100 GBP
Service Advisor90,500 GBP

Bank Branch Manager168,000 GBP
Teller79,200 GBP

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

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

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 approximatly 57 GBP for every worked hour.

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

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one working 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 annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximation and they are considered to the be the standard.

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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