Recently the Office of National Statistics released the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings 2013, to reveal the best-paid jobs in the UK. This survey looks at salary only and doesn’t take bonuses, self-employment or celebrities into consideration.
The data itself has been taken from a sample of employees paid via PAYE, working out the median gross salary and the pay range.
With this in mind – let’s take a look at five of the jobs mentioned…
1. Heads of large organisations
Includes: CEOs, presidents, managing directors.
Median gross pay: £84,453
What they do: Lead workers to success, inspire the workforce and take the brunt of any complaints.
How to get there: Many successful CEOs have very few formal qualifications, it is more important to have experience leading teams and enough business know-how to turn a profit.
2. Aircraft pilot
Includes: Flight captains, co-pilots, flight engineers, flying instructors.
Median gross pay: £78,356
What they do: Spend 55 hours+ in a cockpit per week, navigate flights, test equipment and get from A to B without incident.
How to get there: You’ll need GCSEs, A-levels and a lot of flying experience. Before you can pursue a commercial pilot’s licence you’ll need 150 hours in the air. To get your licence you’ll need to take nine theoretical exams and 25 hours (minimum) more flying experience. You will also need to shell out around £60,000 to get there.
3. Marketing directors
Includes: Brand managers, sales directors, brand positioners.
Median gross pay: £68,438
What they do: Increase brand awareness to boost profit, market research and projections for the future.
How to get there: Study marketing at university and start work experience as early as possible.
4. Medical practitioners
Includes: GPs, psychiatrists, surgeons, registrars.
Median gross pay: £63,677
What they do: Diagnose illness, treat and (hopefully) cure.
How to get there: After the initial five to six-year medical degree you will need roughly another 10 years of training to become a consultant. Not one for the faint hearted.
5. Company lawyers
Includes: Corporate lawyers, patent attorneys, legal executives.
Median gross pay: £63,484
What they do: Helps companies to stay within the law and protects against anything law related, including lawsuits and copyright issues.
How to get there: After studying law at university you will need a post-graduate legal qualification, then years of practice as a solicitor.