Average UK Salaries

Average UK Salaries

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How much you get paid can differ significantly from your friends, family, and even people in the same job role.

Salary is usually a reflection of our skills, how long you have been in a particular career or workplace, and your location. It is important to know the average wages because:

  • It will help you to filter out jobs when searching for the right one
  • It may help you to ask for a pay-rise with confidence that you deserve a higher wage
  • It can help you to progress your career and find higher-paid jobs in your field
  • Knowing what you can be paid will help you to understand your worth

So, what are the average salaries across the UK? We decided to find out.

This article will compare your salary against the rest of the UK and conclude whether you are being paid what you deserve.

Average Annual Wage

The average annual wage in the UK is nearly £31,500 a year.

UK Average Annual Wage £31,461 GBP

Data from Statista

Over the past 20 years, the average yearly UK wage has increased from £18,848 to £31,461, increasing by £12,613.

Average annual wage over 20 years

Average Salary by Age

As people age and become more experienced in their careers, their salary will generally increase. Most people start their careers between the ages of 18-21 and will earn around £18,881 a year. Our peak earning period is in our 40s when we earn an annual average of £44k. Over time, the average wage decreases to around £36k when we hit our 60s – the age where many people start working less or retire.

Average Annual Salary By Age

Data from findcourses.co.uk

Average Salary by Location

Wage can also depend on which area you are living in. Due to the price of living costs, travel costs, and property prices going up in the more affluent or popular areas. Additionally, wages will generally reflect this.

London is in the top chart for the country’s highest earners, with average weekly earnings in London coming in at £716 a week. The North East and Northern Ireland earn the least, with weekly average wages of £524 and £529, respectively.

Average Weekly Salary by Region

Data from House of Commons Library

Average Salary by Occupation

Wages differ massively between different occupations. Generally, managers, directors, and senior officials have the highest wages. Lower income occupations include elementary professions such as bar work, window cleaning and construction.

Average Annual Salary by Occupation

Data from Office for National Statistics


Data shows that chief executives are the highest earners in the UK, raking in an average of £97k per year. In terms of specific jobs, bar staff ranked the lowest, only earning an average of £16k.

The below chart highlights the annual wages for various job roles.

Average Annual Salary By Job Title

Data from Office for National Statistics

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The Gender Pay Gap

The gender pay gap is still prevalent in the UK. In 2019, the UK government reported that the median hourly pay gap between men and women is £4.04.

In 2020, men earned a median of £15.60 per hour, whereas women earned a median of £14.37. This had increased from 2010 when male workers earned a median of £13.13 per hour, and women workers earned £11.72.

Average Hourly Salary by Gender

Data from Statista

The gender pay gap fell 15.5% across all employees in the year 2020 – meaning the gap is continuing to close.

The Gender Pay Gap

Data from Office for National Statistics

The Minimum Wage

In the UK, the national minimum wage changes yearly to keep up with the cost of living. People are eligible to receive this when they turn 23. The below diagram demonstrates the minimum wage increase, over recent years.

The minimum wage

Data from tradingeconomics.com

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Nick Cooper
Nick is NCC's resident blog author and covers a range of subjects, including teaching and health & social care. NCC is an international learning provider with over 20 years’ experience offering learning solutions. To date, NCC has engaged with over 20,000 employers, and delivered quality training to over half a million learners.
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