UK Average Earnings in 2019 with associated Salary Examples

UK Average Salary in 2019. This image shows the United Kingdom flag and information relating to the salary statistics and average salary in the UK in 2019

We all know what we earn in our annual salary and those who are not sure can check their P60 each year to see what there annual earnings are. What we don't really tend to know is how our salary measures up against the average salary of someone else doing the same job in the same position.

Not knowing whether you are being underpaid or getting more than average can be frustrating, particulalry if you are a work horse and feel like you do most of the workload when compared to your colleagues. So, most of us hit google periodically and see what the average wage is in the UK so that we can answer that nagging question... "Do I get paid enough for the job I am do!".

In this section we discuss why it is important to know the average salary and provide current and historical average salaries in the UK, detailed by occupation and supported with a current salary example. This is particulalry useful for comparing your current salary against the average salary (we also have a handy salary comparison calculator you can use to compare upto 6 salaries at the same time).

Why do you need to know the average salary in the UK by occupation?

For most people, knowing their salary and how this compares with the average salary of someone else in their occupation is key for negotiating pay rises. Particularly when demand is high in your industry as the higher the demand and the less availability of skilled Individuals who can do the same job as you, the more likely you are to leverage a better salary and negotiate a higher pay increase.

UK Average Salary in 2019

The links below contain the 2019 average salaries for each occupation defined within the occupation group specified by the Office of National Statistics. If you are not sure which occupation group your occupation is listed in, see below the list of occupation groups for the occupations allocated to each group by the Office of National Statistics.

UK Occupation Groups and Associated Occupations

The following lists detail the UK occupations which are allocated to specific occupation groups by the Office of National Statistics. We have used the same groups on iCalculator so that you can compare these with other payroll and employment statistics published by the government in relation to earnings, pensions, income tax and National Insurance.

Managers, directors & senior officials

  • Chief executives senior officials
  • Production managers directors in manufacturing
  • Production managers directors in construction
  • Production managers directors in mining energy
  • Financial managers directors
  • Marketing sales directors
  • Purchasing managers directors
  • Advertising public relations directors
  • Human resource managers directors
  • Information technology telecommunications directors
  • Functional managers directors n.e.c.
  • Financial institution managers directors
  • Managers directors in transport distribution
  • Managers directors in storage warehousing
  • Senior police officers
  • Senior officers in fire, ambulance, prison related services
  • Health services public health managers directors
  • Managers directors in retail wholesale
  • Hotel accommodation managers proprietors
  • Restaurant catering establishment managers proprietors
  • Publicans managers of licensed premises
  • Leisure sports managers
  • Health care practice managers
  • Residential, day domiciliarycare managers proprietors
  • Property, housing estate managers
  • Shopkeepers proprietors - wholesale retail
  • Managers proprietors in other services n.e.c.

Professional

  • Chemical scientists
  • Biological scientists biochemists
  • Physical scientists
  • Natural social science professionals n.e.c.
  • Civil engineers
  • Mechanical engineers
  • Electrical engineers
  • Design development engineers
  • Production process engineers
  • Engineering professionals n.e.c.
  • IT specialist managers
  • IT project programme managers
  • IT business analysts, architects systems designers
  • Programmers software development professionals
  • Web design development professionals
  • Information technology telecommunications professionals n.e.c.
  • Conservation professionals
  • Environment professionals
  • Research development managers
  • Medical practitioners
  • Psychologists
  • Pharmacists
  • Veterinarians
  • Medical radiographers
  • Podiatrists
  • Health professionals n.e.c.
  • Physiotherapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Therapy professionals n.e.c.
  • Nurses
  • Higher education teaching professionals
  • Further education teaching professionals
  • Secondary education teaching professionals
  • Primary nursery education teaching professionals
  • Special needs education teaching professionals
  • Senior professionals of educational establishments
  • Education advisers school inspectors
  • Teaching other educational professionals n.e.c.
  • Solicitors
  • Legal professionals n.e.c.
  • Chartered certified accountants
  • Management consultants business analysts
  • Business financial project management professionals
  • Actuaries, economists statisticians
  • Business related research professionals
  • Business, research administrative professionals n.e.c.
  • Architects
  • Quantity surveyors
  • Chartered surveyors
  • Construction project managers related professionals
  • Social workers
  • Probation officers
  • Clergy
  • Welfare professionals n.e.c.
  • Librarians
  • Archivists curators
  • Quality control planning engineers
  • Quality assurance regulatory professionals
  • Environmental health professionals
  • Journalists, newspaper periodical editors
  • Public relations professionals
  • Advertising accounts managers creative directors

Associate professional & technical

  • Laboratory technicians
  • Engineering technicians
  • Quality assurance technicians
  • Planning, process production technicians
  • Science, engineering production technicians n.e.c.
  • Architectural town planning technicians
  • Draughtspersons
  • IT operations technicians
  • IT user support technicians
  • Paramedics
  • Pharmaceutical technicians
  • Medical dental technicians
  • Health associate professionals n.e.c.
  • Youth community workers
  • Child early years officers
  • Housing officers
  • Counsellors
  • Welfare housing associate professionals n.e.c.
  • Police officers (sergeant below)
  • Fire service officers (watch manager below)
  • Prison service officers (below principal officer)
  • Police community support officers
  • Protective service associate professionals n.e.c.
  • Artists
  • Authors, writers translators
  • Arts officers, producers directors
  • Photographers, audio-visual broadcasting equipment operators
  • Graphic designers
  • Product, clothing related designers
  • Sports coaches, instructors officials
  • Fitness instructors
  • Legal associate professionals
  • Estimators, valuers assessors
  • Insurance underwriters
  • Finance investment analysts advisers
  • Taxation experts
  • Importers exporters
  • Financial accounting technicians
  • Financial accounts managers
  • Business related associate professionals n.e.c.
  • Buyers procurement officers
  • Business sales executives
  • Marketing associate professionals
  • Sales accounts business development managers
  • Conference exhibition managers organisers
  • Conservation environmental associate professionals
  • Public services associate professionals
  • Human resources industrial relations officers
  • Vocational industrial trainers instructors
  • Careers advisers vocational guidance specialists
  • Inspectors of standards regulations
  • Health safety officers

Administrative & secretarial

  • National government administrative occupations
  • Local government administrative occupations
  • Officers of non-governmental organisations
  • Credit controllers
  • Book-keepers, payroll managers wages clerks
  • Bank post office clerks
  • Finance officers
  • Financial administrative occupations n.e.c.
  • Records clerks assistants
  • Pensions insurance clerks assistants
  • Stock control clerks assistants
  • Transport distribution clerks assistants
  • Library clerks assistants
  • Human resources administrative occupations
  • Sales administrators
  • Other administrative occupations n.e.c.
  • Office managers
  • Office supervisors
  • Legal secretaries
  • School secretaries
  • Personal assistants other secretaries
  • Receptionists
  • Typists related keyboard occupations

Skilled trades

  • Horticultural trades
  • Gardeners landscape gardeners
  • Groundsmen greenkeepers
  • Metal working production maintenance fitters
  • Precision instrument makers repairers
  • Vehicle technicians, mechanics electricians
  • Electricians electrical fitters
  • Electrical electronic trades n.e.c.
  • Skilled metal, electrical electronic trades supervisors
  • Plumbers heating ventilating engineers
  • Construction building trades n.e.c.
  • Painters decorators
  • Construction building trades supervisors
  • Upholsterers
  • Footwear leather working trades
  • Printers
  • Print finishing binding workers
  • Butchers
  • Bakers flour confectioners
  • Fishmongers poultry dressers
  • Chefs
  • Cooks
  • Catering bar managers
  • Glass ceramics makers, decorators finishers
  • Other skilled trades n.e.c.

Caring, leisure & other services

  • Nursery nurses assistants
  • Playworkers
  • Teaching assistants
  • Educational support assistants
  • Animal care services occupations n.e.c.
  • Nursing auxiliaries assistants
  • Ambulance staff (excluding paramedics)
  • Dental nurses
  • Houseparents residential wardens
  • Care workers home carers
  • Senior care workers
  • Undertakers, mortuary crematorium assistants
  • Sports leisure assistants
  • Travel agents
  • Air travel assistants
  • Rail travel assistants
  • Hairdressers barbers
  • Beauticians related occupations
  • Housekeepers related occupations
  • Caretakers
  • Cleaning housekeeping managers supervisors

Sales & customer service

  • Sales retail assistants
  • Retail cashiers check-out operators
  • Telephone salespersons
  • Pharmacy other dispensing assistants
  • Vehicle parts salespersons advisers
  • Debt, rent other cash collectors
  • Merchandisers window dressers
  • Sales related occupations n.e.c.
  • Sales supervisors
  • Call contact centre occupations
  • Telephonists
  • Communication operators
  • Customer service occupations n.e.c.
  • Customer service managers supervisors

Process, plant & machine operatives

  • Food, drink tobacco process operatives
  • Glass ceramics process operatives
  • Textile process operatives
  • Chemical related process operatives
  • Plastics process operatives
  • Process operatives n.e.c.
  • Paper wood machine operatives
  • Energy plant operatives
  • Metal working machine operatives
  • Water sewerage plant operatives
  • Printing machine assistants
  • Assemblers (electrical electronic products)
  • Assemblers (vehicles metal goods)
  • Routine inspectors testers
  • Weighers, graders sorters
  • Sewing machinists
  • Assemblers routine operatives n.e.c.
  • Construction operatives n.e.c.
  • Large goods vehicle drivers
  • Van drivers
  • Bus coach drivers
  • Fork-lift truck drivers
  • Mobile machine drivers operatives n.e.c.
  • Train tram drivers

Elementary

  • Farm workers
  • Elementary construction occupations
  • Industrial cleaning process occupations
  • Packers, bottlers, canners fillers
  • Elementary process plant occupations n.e.c.
  • Postal workers, mail sorters, messengers couriers
  • Cleaners domestics
  • Launderers, dry cleaners pressers
  • Refuse salvage occupations
  • Vehicle valeters cleaners
  • Security guards related occupations
  • Parking civil enforcement occupations
  • Elementary security occupations n.e.c.
  • Shelf fillers
  • Elementary sales occupations n.e.c.
  • Elementary storage occupations
  • Hospital porters
  • Kitchen catering assistants
  • Waiters waitresses
  • Bar staff
  • Leisure theme park attendants
  • Other elementary services occupations n.e.c.
  • All employees