REVEALED: The Average UK Salary 2021 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 and therefore your earning potential.

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 2021 average UK salary statistics below for full-time employees, according to data from payscale.com.

Accounts

An entry-level Accountant with less than 1-year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (that includes salary, bonus and profit share) of £22,927. This increases to £26,392 in your first 1-4 years, £30,811 around 5-9 years and £35,722 above that.

For Accountant roles in London and Belfast, you can expect to earn 15.3% and 13.2% respectively more than the overall UK average.

Average UK Salary 2021 - Accounts

Source: Payscale.com

Administration

The national average salary for an Office Administrator is £18,262 per annum (up from £17,459 in 2019). The salary does not increase much with experience, with the most experienced administrators earning no more than £20,000.

If you can progress to Office Manager you will see an increase in salary with the average being £25,456. With profit share and bonuses Office Managers can earn anywhere between £19,000 – £36,000.

Average UK Salary 2021 - Administration

Source: Payscale.com

Marketing

If you’re just getting started in your marketing career, a Marketing Coordinator can expect an average salary of £22,701. As you move up to become a Marketing Executive, the average salary increases to £24,035.

Marketing Managers see a reasonable jump in salary to an average of £34,109. With the addition of commission or profit share, Marketing Manager can take home between £24,000 – £52,000 a year.

Average UK Salary 2021 - Marketing

Source: Payscale.com

Purchasing/Buyer

Buyers can expect to earn an average salary of £27,523 with £39,000 being the top end of the salary spectrum. Purchasing Managers can expect to earn a little more with the average salary being £33,160. Plus, Purchasing Managers are reported to earn a profit share of up to £7,000 on top of their salary.

Average UK Salary 2021 - Purchasing

Source: Payscale.com

Sales

Salespeople earn an average of £20,720 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 £4,000 – £21,000 a year in commission.

If you climb the sales career ladder to a Sales Director position, you’ll be looking at a generous salary average of around £64,181. Sales Director salaries are reported to go as high as £98,000 plus commission of up to £45,000!

Average UK Salary 2021 - Sales

Source: Payscale.com

Warehouse

As a Warehouse Manager, the average annual income in the UK for 2021 is £26,608 with salaries reported between £20,000 – £39,000.

Average UK Salary 2021 - Warehouse

Source: Payscale.com

Average UK Salary 2021

  • Accounts = £29,468
  • Administration = £18,262
  • Marketing = £34,109
  • Purchasing = £27,523
  • Sales = £20,720
  • Warehouse = £26,608

Statistics from Payscale.com and correct as of 18th February 2021.

For more general UK salary figures you can also take a look at the office for national statistics data.

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