The average salary for 115 different jobs in the UK

Dusty Baxter-Wright
·5-min read
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Photo credit: NoSystem images - Getty Images

The average salary (UK) figures for jobs in 2020 have been revealed by those helpful number-crunching people over at the Office of National Statistics, in case you want to compare how much you earn with the country's average - and your friends.

Because, whether you're just figuring out what career to choose or you're considering switching to a totally different career path, it's always important to know what your earning potential might be and if you're making the average wage in the UK for your position.

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Photo credit: Cosmopolitan UK

The survey found the average UK salary for full-time employees was £31,461 for the tax year ending 5 April 2020, up 3.6% on the previous year. Of course, 2020 was a tough year for the jobs market due to the pandemic but "annual pay estimates are largely unaffected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic" according to the report.

That said, while pay held up for most, there are groups of employees who fared less well - most notably younger employees, the lowest-paid part-time employees, and those working in accommodation and food services.

In accommodation and food services, paid hours fell by 12% and weekly pay fell by 18.1% compared with 2019.

Beyond that, it's fascinating to read - especially for anyone with those really annoying mates that won't tell you how much they actually earn. What is the average salary of different career paths across the UK?

Here's a selection of the 300+ jobs featured in the survey, compiled from average full-time salaries in 2020.

The average salary (UK) for 115 different jobs

Average UK salary for medical careers

  • Medical practitioners - £62,219

  • Health services and public health managers and directors - £50,837

  • Pharmacists - £43,723

  • Paramedics - £43,180

  • Psychologists - £42,937

  • Radiographers - £36,926

  • Nurses - £33,920

  • Midwives - £38,736

  • Ambulance staff (excluding paramedic) - £25,652

  • Ophthalmic opticians - £43,842

  • Podiatrists - £36,117

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Photo credit: byryo - Getty Images

Average UK salary for teachers

  • Higher education teaching professionals - £51,224

  • Secondary school teaching professionals - £40,881

  • Primary and nursery education teaching professionals, £36,737

  • Special needs education teaching professionals, £33,681

  • Teaching assistants - £17,904

  • Education Support Assistant - £17,212

  • Education advisers and school inspectors - £41,084

  • Nursery nurses and assistants - £18,069

Average UK salary for lawyers

  • Legal professionals (National Executive Committee) - £77,212

  • Barristers and judges - £41,874

  • Solicitors - £43,194

  • Legal associate professionals, £28,517

  • Legal secretaries £22,366

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Photo credit: Hero Images - Getty Images

Average UK salary for dentists

  • Dental nurses - £18,621

  • Medical and dental technicians - £27,509

Average UK salary for electricians

  • Electrical and electronic trades (National Executive Committee) - £34,902

  • Electricians and electrical fitters - £33,495

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Photo credit: fizkes - Getty Images

Average UK salary for marketing careers

  • Marketing Directors - £80,759

  • Public Relations Professionals - £33,604

  • Marketing associate professionals - £28,732

  • Advertising accounts managers and creative directors, £39,663

  • Web design and development professionals - £31,632

  • Graphic Designers - £29,391

Average UK salary for HR careers

  • Human resource managers and directors, £49,359

  • Human resources and industrial relations officer - £29,716

  • Human resources administrative occupations - £21,292

  • Office managers - £32,172

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Photo credit: Vasyl Dolmatov

Average UK salary for IT careers

  • Information technology and telecommunications directors- £69,814

  • IT business analysts, architects and systems designers - £50,775

  • Information technology and telecommunications professionals n.e.c., £38,500

  • IT project and programme managers - £49,331

  • IT specialist managers - £51,053

  • IT support technicians - £30,791

  • IT operations technicians - £31,936

  • Programmers and software development professionals, £44,055

Average UK salary for hospitality careers

  • Hotel and accommodation managers and proprietors, £32,000

  • Bar staff - £18,911

  • Chefs - £22,670

  • Cooks - £16,954

  • Catering and bar managers, £2,024

  • Kitchen and catering assistants, £17,437

  • Waiters and waitresses, £17,633

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Photo credit: PeopleImages - Getty Images

Average UK salary for finance careers

  • Financial institution managers and directors, £53,365

  • Financial managers and directors n.e.c, - £57,345

  • Finance and investment analysts and advisers, £37,180

  • Finance officers - £26,831

Average UK salary for retail careers

  • Managers and directors in retail and wholesale - £30,000

  • Shelf fillers - £17,538

  • Product, clothing and related designers - £31,947

  • Sales and retail assistants - £18,798

  • Retail cashiers and check-out operators - £17,721

  • Sewing machinists - £19,399

Average UK salary for police careers

  • Senior police officers - £56,665

  • Police officers (sergeant and below) - £41,701

  • Police community support officers - £25,841

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Photo credit: Thomas Golden / EyeEm - Getty Images

Average UK salary for other popular careers

  • Architects - £42,930

  • Archivists and curators - £26,443

  • Authors, writers and translators - £28,663

  • Bakers and flour confectioners - £19,924

  • Bank and post office clerks - £22,535

  • Beauticians and related occupations - £18,881

  • Bricklayers and masons - £27,995

  • Butchers - £22,584

  • Bus and coach drivers - £27,191

  • Care workers and home carers - £19.959

  • Childminders and related occupations - £21,944

  • Civil engineers - £43,663

  • Chartered and certified accountants - £41,900

  • Cleaners and domestics - £17,819

  • Clergy - £27,117

  • Counsellors - £25,970

  • Carpenters and joiners - £28,448

  • Chartered surveyors, £37,832

  • Electrical engineers - £50,886

  • Environmental health professionals - £36,828

  • Fitness instructors - £20,843

  • Farmers - £28,126

  • Gardeners and landscapers - £21,574

  • Hairdressers and barbers - £17,223

  • Health and safety officers - £34,807

  • Journalists, newspaper and periodical editors, £40,396

  • Laboratory technicians - £21,069

  • Librarians - £26,265

  • Office managers - £32,172

  • Painters and decorators - £25,591

  • Property, housing and estate managers - £38,441

  • Probation officers - £30,445

  • Physiotherapists - £33,442

  • Plumbers and heating and ventilating engineers - £32,356

  • Receptionists - £18,596

  • Roofers, roof tilers and slaters - £26,994

  • Sales related occupations n.e.c. - £23,217

  • Sales administrators - £23,194

  • Senior care workers - £21,243

  • Social workers - £36,306

  • Social and humanities scientists, £32,296

  • Sports coaches, instructors and officials - £24,901

  • Taxation experts - £45,740

  • Taxi and cab drivers and chauffeurs - £22,394

  • Travel agents - £24,620

  • Leisure and travel service occupations n.e.c. - £26,285

  • Veterinarians - £39,839

  • Veterinary nurses - £22,630

  • Window cleaners - £20,860

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