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NB : How Rich Are You? Updated with latest figures from 2016 so you can check how you stack up - only top figures shown (not median) as these are government figures and therefore likely to be totally deranged - but they will give you a general idea of where the money is if you want to try and get your hands on some of it! One general point, the figures seem very low to me - especially for CEOs, lawyers, bankers and assorted medics. We know for a fact that some CEOs are given multiple millions + bonuses every year for all the hard work they do ruining the economy.
Anybody trying to find a job in the UK will know that living costs are horrendously high and getting higher by the minute. Housing, transport (in London you pay at least £5 ($8) to travel 4 stops on the underground (if you work in London then you can expect 15% of your salary to be spent on transport - compared with just 5% in Paris) and a 4 mile bus journey in Bristol costs you £7 ($11) return), energy (petrol i.e. 'gas' costs around $8 a US gallon - average price 139p per litre) all cost an arm and a leg (and gas and electricity have just gone up another 20%) and yet wages are not particularly high and you hand over a minimum of 25% to the government before you even get paid, in the form of taxes and national insurance payments.
The most recent survey by the Office for National Statistics shows annual average wages for full-time employees were £34,400 ($42,056) in 2016 (that seems high as there are lots of people who earn a lot less).
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The current economic crisis is making job hunting even more difficult of course and it means that people have less bargaining power when it comes to trying to get wage increases. I have also heard that big companies like Microsoft are paying 'American' wages to employees in the UK. That may sound good but it is actually bad, as American wages are generally lower than UK wages as the cost of living in the States is, surprisingly, lower than in the UK. But when you think that US products are sold in the UK for 50% higher than in the US e.g. if something costs $200 in the US then in the UK it will be £200, as it is so much easier to just change the currency sign without actually changing the amount and also, as mentioned above, gas (petrol) costs over $7 a gallon in the UK, then it is not so surprising ! So go for a high-paying job and try to insist on a high starting salary if you can !
However this hubpage is not here to waffle on about prices, but to show you, if you are looking to find a job, which are the top ten best paid jobs and the top ten worst paid jobs in the UK. So here they are ! If you don't want a job but quite fancy the idea of making money online without buying some guys ebook then check out make money online for free
First is the updated top 10 best paid jobs in the UK list - followed by the list from 3 years ago and the list of worst paid jobs in the UK!
Best Paid Jobs in the UK in 2016 (to convert figures to US dollars just multiply by 1.22)
1. Brokers (Stockbrokers, traders on the stock exchange, foreign exchange dealers, insurance brokers)
Average pay before tax: £133,868
2. Chief Executives (Vice-presidents, chief medical officers, civil servants (grade 5 and above)).
Average pay before tax: £123,577.
3. Marketing directors (Sales directors)
Average pay before tax: £87,890.
4. Aircraft pilots (First officers of airlines, flight engineers, flying instructors, helicopter pilots)
Average pay before tax: £86,915.
5. Financial Managers and Directors (Investment bankers, Treasury managers)
Average pay before tax: £84,675.
6. In-house lawyers (Attorneys, legal consultants)
Average pay before tax: £80,210.
7. Air traffic controllers (Air traffic service assistants, flight planners)
Average pay before tax: £81,132.
8. Medical Practitioners (Anaesthetists, hospital consultants, GPs, paediatricians, psychiatrists, radiologists, surgeons)
Average pay before tax: £78,386.
9. IT and Telecommunications Directors (Technical directors of computer services)
Average pay before tax: £78,071.
10. Financial institution managers and directors
Includes: Bank manager, insurance manager.
Average pay before tax: £75,169.
Average Wages in 2014
1. Medical practitioners / surgeons, / anaesthetists, / consultants / GPs / physicians / psychiatrists / clinicians / registrars / arrogant, overpaid and useless quacks.
Top of the range £131,298 (90th percentile).
Annual change + 4.4%
What do they do ? Depends who you get - very much luck of the draw in the UK. My own personal experience is that GPs are often a waste of space and resent the information that is now available on the Internet as you end up knowing more than they do, but of course we all know that the Internet is full of rubbish, especially if it is written by foreigners.
2. CEOs / presidents / managing director, / director, head honcho, / captain of industry in organisations of more than 500 people.
Top of the range : £126,229 (75th percentile). ? Top of the range is probably several million at least, so where they get this figure of 126k Gawd only knows.
Annual change + 5.6%
3. Marketing directors / sales directors / brand positioner / brand essence creator / brand refresher / brand explorer / president of brand.
Top of the range £104,636 (90th percentile).
Annual change + 4.2%
4. Company lawyers / patent attorney / corporate lawyer / legal executive / attorney.
Top of the range: £93,847 (75th percentile).
Annual change + 10.2%
The word "attorney" was at one time held in such contempt that it was abolished in 1873 and merged with "solicitor" why soliciting should be considered preferable to attorneying I dont know.
5. Transport associate professionals/ air traffic controllers / ship and hovercraft officers.
Top of the range £88,829 (75th percentile).
Annual change + 6.7%
6. Aircraft pilots / flight engineers /flying instructors.
Top of the range: £82,944 (60th percentile).
Annual change - 0.4%
7. Information Technology directors / telecommunications directors / CIOs / IT managers / data processing manager / head of IT.
Top of the range: £76,335 (70th percentile).
Annual change: -11.5%.
8. Public relations directors / communications directors / media directors / publicity managers /advertising directors / head of media relations / chief press officer / spin doctor.
Top of the range: £66,088 (60th percentile).
Annual change: unknown
9. Senior officers in protective services / top officers in the armed forces, fire services, ambulance services and prison services.
Top of the range: £63,481 (80th percentile).
Annual change: -1%.
10. Senior police officers / chief inspectors / chief superintendents / chief constables / chief officers / police commissioners.
Top of the range: £63,103 (75th percentile).
Annual change: -2.2%.
54% of them believe public opinion has changed for the worse over the last 10 years (tip: shoot less innocaent people)
List from 2009
1. Directors and CEOs of major organisations.
Average annual salary: £115,576 ($184,920) [I would have expected more, but this doesn't include bonuses]
Jobs such as : CEO, company director, general manager, managing director (of major organisations).
2. Medical practitioners
Average annual salary: £78,366 ($125,385)
Jobs such as : Anaesthetist, hospital consultant, doctor, GP, psychiatrist, physician, registrar, psycho-analyst, surgeon.
3. Senior officials in national government
Average annual salary: £68,283 ($109,252)
Jobs such as : Assistant secretary, MEP (Member of European Parliament), MP (Member of Parliament- UK), diplomat, permanent secretary.
Average annual salary: £61,117 ($97,787)
Jobs such as : Commodity trader, foreign exchange dealer, financial broker, shipbroker, insurance broker, stockbroker.
5. Air traffic controllers
Average annual salary: £60,548
Jobs such as : Air traffic controller, flight planner, controller of aircraft, ground movement controller.
6. Financial managers and chartered secretaries
Average annual salary: £58,295 ($93,272)
Jobs such as : Company registrar, credit manager, company treasurer, financial director, finance manager, merchant banker.
7. Senior officials in local government
Average annual salary: £55,921 ($88,465)
Job titles include: Chief executive of local government, town clerk.
8. Police officers (inspectors and above)
Average annual salary: £53,937 ($86,299)
Job titles include: Assistant chief constable, chief inspector, chief constable, chief superintendent, deputy chief constable.
9. IT strategy and planning professionals
Average annual salary: £50,143 ($80,228)
Jobs such as: Computer consultant, software consultant.
10. Solicitors and lawyers, judges and coroners [I'm surprised and even incredulous to see the legal profession so far down the pecking order ! ] In fact I was so incredulous that I did some further research. Clearly these figures can only be true if you include everybody working in the legal profession when working out the average,i.e. even secretaries and tea ladies !! Judges in the UK earn anything up to £236,000 ($377,600) so the 'average' shown below is clearly an average and gives no indication of how much lawyers and judges earn. M'lud.
Average annual salary: £48,908 ($78,252)
Jobs such as : Articled clerk, coroner, barrister, judge, solicitor.
Lowest paying jobs
1. Waiters and waitresses
Average annual salary: £11,930 ($19,088)
2. Bar staff ($19,088)
Average annual salary: £11,930
3. Kitchen and catering assistants
Average annual salary: £12,410 ($19,856)
Jobs such as : Canteen assistant, counterhand, catering assistant, kitchen assistant, dining room assistant, kitchen porter, washer-up.
4. Travel and tour guides
Average annual salary: £12,561 ($20,097)
Jobs such as: Coach guide, escort, courier for tour operator, guide
5. Launderers, dry cleaners, pressers
Average annual salary: £12,657
Jobs such as : Carpet cleaner, garment presser, dry cleaner, laundry worker.
6. Retail cashiers and check-out operators
Average annual salary: £12,736
Jobs such as : Cashier, forecourt attendant, check-out operator, petrol pump attendant, restaurant cashier.
7. Leisure and theme park attendants
Average annual salary: £12,767
Job titles include: Arcade attendant, funfair attendant, fairground worker, usher/usherette.
8. Hairdressers and related occupations
Average annual salary: £13,194
Jobs such as : Barber, hairdresser, beautician, manicurist, make-up artist, slimming consultant, barber.
9. Cleaners, domestics
Average annual salary: £13,807
Jobs such as : Car valeter, cleaner, chambermaid, domestic cleaner.
10. Nursery Nurses
Average annual salary: £13,872
Jobs such as : Creche assistant, nursery nurse, nursery assistant
Average wages in the UK - 145 Jobs
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Here is the official list of average wages for 145 jobs in the UK in 2016 - see how you stack up or what sort of job you would like to do. (Remember to convert the pounds into US dollars - multiply by 1.2) NB : I find most of the figures unbelievable - but they are the official figures - Barristers and Judges on £43,000 ? Very strange. Authors and writers getting paid less than plumbers !
1. Brokers - £133,677
2. Chief executives and senior officials - £107,703
3. Aircraft pilots and flight engineers - £90,146
4. Marketing and sales directors - £82,962
5. Information technology and telecommunications directors - £80,215
6. Advertising and public relations directors - £77,619
7. Legal professionals - £73,425
8. Medical practitioners – 69,463
9. Senior police officers - £58,533
10. Human resource managers and directors - £56,315
11. Sales accounts and business development managers - £51,576
12. Senior professionals of educational establishments - £49,679
13. Senior officers in fire, ambulance, prison and related services - £48,228
14. Business and financial project management professionals – £47,795
15. Train and tram drivers - £47,101
16. Solicitors - £46,576
17. Taxation experts - £46.551
18. Finance and investment analysts and advisers - £45,490
19. Property, housing and estate managers - £44,423
20. Insurance underwriters - £43,487
21. Barristers and judges - £43,368
22. Architects - £43,029
23. Mechanical engineers - £43,029
24. Financial accounts managers - £41,389
25. Quantity surveyors - £41,086
26. Information technology and telecommunications professionals - £40,957
27. Programmers and software development professionals - £40,748
28. Construction project managers and related professionals - £40,519
29. Advertising accounts managers and creative directors - £40,510
30. Dental practitioners - £40,268
31. Civil engineers - £40,200
32. Rail transport operatives - £40,060
33. Higher education teaching professionals - £40,054
34. Police officers (sergeant and below) - £38,720
35. Chartered and certified accountants - £38,692
36. Veterinarians - £37,763
37. Arts officers, producers and directors - £37,519
38. Pharmacists - £37,439
39. Paramedics - £36,771
40. Psychologists - £36,495
41. Chartered surveyors - £36,470
42. Rail construction and maintenance operatives - £35,781
43. Business, research and administrative professionals - £35,545
44. Crane drivers - £35,458
45. Journalists, newspaper and periodical editors - £34,639
46. Engineering technicians - £34,355
47. Chartered architectural technologists - £33,651
48. Business sales executives - £33,432
49. Secondary education teaching professionals - £32,524
50. Buyers and procurement officers - £32,279
51. Education advisers and school inspectors - £31,655
52. Medical radiographers - £31,521
53. Legal associate professionals - £30,911
54. Social and humanities scientists - £30,888
55. Ophthalmic opticians - £30,834
56. Environmental health professionals - £30,777
57. Rail travel assistants - £30,698
58. Electricians and electrical fitters - £30,345
59. Leisure and sports managers - £30,201
60. Probation officers - £30,026
61. Primary and nursery education teaching professionals - £29,908
62. Web design and development professionals - £29,856
63. Marketing associate professionals - £29,797
64. Midwives - £29,529
65. Public relations professionals - £29,488
66. Health care practice managers - £29,253
67. Human resources and industrial relations officers - £29,221
68. Hotel and accommodation managers - £29,161
69. Social workers - £28,745
70. Physiotherapists - £28,560
71. Further education teaching professionals - £28,486
72. Customer service managers and supervisors - £28,387
73. Product, clothing and related designers - £28,346
74. Podiatrists - £27,330
75. Plumbers and heating and ventilating engineers - £27,330
76. Speech and language therapists - £26,765
77. Prison service officers (below principal officer) - £26,496
78. Medical and dental technicians - £26,440
79. Nurses - £26,252
80. Occupational therapists - £26,037
81. Police community support officers - £26,012
82. Graphic designers - £25,952
83. IT engineers - £25,934
84. Authors, writers and translators - £25,767
85. Vehicle technicians, mechanics and electricians - £25,145
86. Librarians - £24,927
87. Carpenters and joiners - £24,817
88. Bricklayers and masons - £24,790
89. Estate agents and auctioneers - £24,622
90. Finance officers - £24,418
91. Restaurant and catering establishment managers - £23,781
92. Housing officers - £23,521
93. Dispensing opticians - £23,458
94. Artists - £23,228
95. Farmers - £22,763
96. Ambulance staff (excluding paramedics) - £22,582
97. Plasterers - £22,370
98. Painters and decorators - £22,351
99. Archivists and curators - £22,264
100. Bus and coach drivers - £22,176
101. Hairdressing and beauty salon managers - £22,113
102. Laboratory technicians - £21,533
103. Musicians - £21,410
104. Construction operatives - £21,410
105. Fork-lift truck drivers - £21,345
106. Local government administrative occupations - £21,083
107. Book-keepers, payroll managers and wages clerks - £20,915
108. Postal workers, mail sorters, messengers and couriers - £20,855
109. Furniture makers and other craft woodworkers - £20,561
110. Youth and community workers - £20,491
111. Personal assistants and other secretaries – £19,738
112. Bank and post office clerks - £19,557
113. Welfare and housing associate professionals - £19,079
114. Teachers - £18,604
115. Catering and bar managers - £18,535
116. Legal secretary - £18,425
117. Landscape Gardener - £18,010
118. Sales supervisors - £17,812
119. Telephone salespersons - £17,549
120. Counsellors - £17,526
121. Chefs - £17,513
122. Butchers - £17,466
123. Undertakers / crematorium assistants - £17,414
124. Street cleaners - £17,402
125. Bakers - £17,231
126. Travel agents - £17,081
127. Veterinary nurses - £16,746
128. Senior care workers - £16,609
129. School secretaries - £16,366
130. Customer service operations - £15,334
131. Call centre workers - £15,206
132. Dental nurses - £14,788
133. Retail merchandisers - £14,738
134. Fishmongers - £14,299
135. Care workers - £12,650
136. Receptionists - £12,543
137. Teaching assistants - £11,916
138. Nursery assistants - £11,734
139. Beauticians - £11,618
140. Fitness instructors - £10,540
141. Retail assistants - £10,296
142. Hairdressers and barbers - £10,019
143. Cleaners £7,919
144. Waitresses - £7,554
145. Bar staff - £7,404