What are the highest paid jobs in the UK?

Are you considering a change of career to boost your finances? Or are you about to leave school and figuring out the best options for you? When it comes to choosing a career, it can be difficult to know where to start. There are many factors to consider, including job satisfaction, your skillset, the lifestyle and of course, the salary. After all, the majority of us work to earn enough money to support ourselves and our loved ones, so it’s important to take the salary into account when choosing a career.

Here, we take a look at some of the highest paid jobs in the UK based on data from the Office for National Statistics.

Chief Executives

Roles with high responsibility often come with high salaries, which is certainly the case with Chief Executive Officers (aka CEOs). Usually, a CEO is the highest-ranking individual in a company or institution. They are responsible for managing the business they work in, which often involves making key decisions, overseeing operations, ensuring profitability and acting as the ‘face’ of the company both internally and publicly. CEOs can expect to earn just under £100,000 for the responsibility.

Air traffic controllers, pilots and flight engineers

Safe and effective management of air traffic is essential for passenger safety. Pilots, flight engineers and air traffic controllers have a huge responsibility to ensure that everything operates smoothly. Strong organisational skills, in-depth knowledge and effective leadership are qualities that candidates must be able to offer. To qualify for a role in the industry, you need to pass several exams and rigorous training. In return you’ll be offered one of the highest salaries in the UK, between £78,000 and £94,000 per year.

Marketing/sales directors

Marketing or sales directors sit near the top of organisations and are responsible for delivering successful sales/marketing plans. Typically, they seek to improve the business’s revenue by hitting sales targets, developing strategies and building strong internal and external relationships. Usually, they report into the CEO and/or board of directors. On average, marketing/sales directors are on an annual salary of £80,000.

Legal professionals

Legal professionals are essential for all parts of society – from crime and punishment, to employment, family and corporate affairs. There are two main types of legal professionals: lawyers and barristers. While solicitors provide advice and assistance on a range of things, barristers are more specialist and often represent clients in court. As legal work requires a huge amount of training, with professionals needing to obtain university degrees and pass the Bar examination, they are rewarded with high salaries of £74,000 on average.

If you’re ready to kick-start your career, remember – job satisfaction isn’t all about how much money you earn. The right role should challenge you, interest you, excite you and suit your talents and skills. It isn’t easy to land the perfect role and you may try your hand at a few different things before discovering what truly suits you. So try to enjoy the journey along the way!

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