Salary shouldn’t dictate what career you choose, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to know who are the top earners. The Office for National Statistics has released its Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, from which can be gleaned the top paying professions in the UK.
The data only measures median gross salary, not bonuses or other benefits, and it doesn’t take into account those who are self-employed or those who don’t appear on company payrolls (e.g. celebrities, entrepreneurs etc).
Drumroll please as we take a look at the top paid professions in the UK:
1. Chief executives and senior officials
The big dogs of companies get the big pay: these are the bosses, the guys and girls at the top.
Aka: CEOs, “the big cheese”, “the boss”, managing directors (or MDs).
Median gross pay: £85,223
Pay range: £44,764 - £137,623
2. Aircraft pilots and flight engineers
These fellas in the sky (and on the ground) are all about airplanes: whether that’s flying them, or developing, checking and testing engines or other equipment.
Aka: Commercial pilots, airline captains, flying instructors.
Median gross pay: £78,736
Pay range: £59,068 - £94,495
3. Medical practitioners
This doesn’t just mean your local doctor, but the assortment of medical practitioners you can find in hospitals, laboratories, clinics and healthcare centres.
Aka: Psychologists, GPs, hospital doctors, surgeons, anaesthetists, physicians, psychologists, paediatrician, “Doc”.
Median gross pay: £71,279
Pay range: £28,630 - £135,432
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