REVEALED: The Average UK Salary by Profession

When it comes to choosing your career, finding your first job or looking for a new opportunity, it’s beneficial to have an understanding of the average UK salaries in your field.

Firstly, you’ll want to understand your value to businesses and have an idea of what you can expect to be bringing in each month. Also, employers will likely ask you what your salary expectations are and you won’t want them to think that you lack commercial awareness by coming out with a random and unrealistic figure.

Take a look at the 2018 average UK salary statistics below, taken from


An entry-level Accountant (with less than 5 year’s experience) can expect to earn an average total compensation (that includes salary, bonus and profit share) of ₤25,000. If you’re based in London the median pay total comes in much higher at £32,662. A Chartered Accountant earns an average wage of £34,637 per year.

accountant average salaries uk 2018


The average salary for an Office Administrator is £17,158 per year. The salary does not increase much with experience, with the most experienced administrators earning no more than £23,237.

If you can progress to Office Manager you will see an increase in salary with the median being £22,156. With profit share and bonuses Office Managers can earn anywhere between £15,489 – £32,371.

administration average salaries uk 2018


If you’re just getting started in your marketing career, a Marketing Coordinator can expect a median salary of £21,744. As you move up to become a Marketing Executive, the median salary increases to £23,101.

Marketing Managers see a reasonable jump in salary to a median of £32,668. With the addition of commission or profit share, Marketing Manager can take home between £22,381 – £52,817 a year.

marketing manager average salary uk 2018


Purchasing Coordinators can expect to earn a median salary of £20,400 with £25,438 being the top end of the salary spectrum. As you progress to Purchasing Manager, the median salary increases to a reasonable £32,568. Plus, Purchasing Managers are reported to earn a profit share of up to £8,081 on top of their salary.

purchasing manager average salary


Salespeople earn an average of £21,995 a year, however, with a few years experience this can quickly increase. The other benefit of working in sales is that you can earn substantial bonuses and commission on top of the highest salaries. PayScale reports that UK salespeople earn anywhere between £2,447 – £30,201 a year in commission.

salespeople average salary uk

If you climb the sales career ladder to a Sales Director position, you’ll be looking at a generous salary of around £61,890. Sales Director salaries are reported to go as high as £99,390 plus commission of up to £47,219!

Average Salary UK

  • Accounts = £34,637
  • Administration = £17,158
  • Marketing = £23,101
  • Purchasing = £20,400
  • Sales = £21,995
  • Average income in Britain = £26,500

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