Average UK Wage and Salary 2015


Average Wages in the United Kingdom.

How much has the average wage changed in the UK ?

In 1980 the average wage was £5,720 and the average house cost £22,677
In 2015 the average wage was £29,934 and the average house was £188,566


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In 1980 it was 3.96 years wages to buy a house
In 2015 it was 6.30 years wages to buy a house

But, when compared to some other things, how do wages really compare?

Lets assume the following are bought every week:

20 Litres of Petrol, 5 Pints of beer, 5 Loaves of bread and 14 Pints of Milk

In 1980 that would cost £591.76 or 10.3% of income.
In 2015 that would cost £1,901.12 or 6.4% of income.

Some things have become cheaper.


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1980 to 1999 Average UK wages

  • 1980: £5,720 Average annual earnings in UK
  • 1985: £8,890
  • 1990: £13,760
  • 1995: £17,470
  • 1999: £20,800

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/593477.stm

I assume the above figures are the Mean Average, which is about 25% higher than the Median Average, according to the 2008 figures shown below.

2005 Average UK wages

  • £22,411 Average UK Salary

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2005/feb/16/business.pay

I assume the above figure is for Full Time employees, both Male and Female.

2008 Average UK wages

Median Gross Annual Earnings

  • £20,801 All Employees
  • £25,123 Full Time Employees, both Male and Female.

Mean Gross Annual Earnings

  • £26,020 All Employees
  • £31,323 Full Time Employees, both Male and Female.

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/8151355.stm

2011 Average UK wages

Median Gross Annual Earnings:

  • £24,024 Full Time Employees, both Male and Female.

Mean Gross Annual Earnings:

  • £28,277 Full Time Employees, both Male and Female.

Source: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/publications/re-reference-tables.html?edition=tcm%3A77-222417

Median = The Mid Point (Half of the people will be above, and half will be below, that figure)

Mean = The sum of all incomes divided by the number of employees

Median Gross Annual earnings for Full-time Adult employees in the UK.

Median Full Time Earnings
Year Male Change  Female  Change
2017 £ % £ %
2016 £ % £ %
2015 £29,934 1.60% £24,202 1.40%
2014 £29,472 0.70% £23,878 1.20%
2013 £29,271 1.90% £23,584 2.10%
2012 £28,717 1.20% £23,090 2.10%
2011 £28,376 1.10% £22,619 0.60%
2010 £28,080 -0.70% £22,492 1.70%
2009 £28,264 2.70% £22,118 2.90%
2008 £27,518 4.70% £21,494 4.80%
2007 £26,281 2.70% £20,513 3.00%
2006 £25,599 2.10% £19,923 2.50%
2005 £25,064 3.50% £19,442 4.80%
2004 £24,222 4.10% £18,551 5.60%
2003 £23,264 3.70% £17,567 3.50%
2002 £22,435 3.10% £16,973 5.10%
2001 £21,762 4.40% £16,151 4.50%
2000 £20,836 5.20% £15,461 5.90%
1999 £19,800 £14,598

Source: www.ons.gov.uk


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6 thoughts on “Average UK Wage and Salary 2015”

  1. Office of National Statistics figures for April 2019 show:

    Median weekly earnings for full-time employees reached £585 (£30,420 pa) in April 2019, an increase of 2.9% since April 2018.
    Mean average weekly earnings for full-time employees reached £681 (£35,423 pa) in April 2019.

    Men aged between 40 and 49 earned the most at a median of £707.70 a week (£36,800)

    Chief executives and senior officials earn a median of £97,000.
    Medical practitioners earn a median of £75,855.
    Marketing and sales directors earn £75,126.
    IT and telecommunications directors earn a median of £72,109.
    Legal professionals earn a median of £69,992.

    Average salary (mean) in the UK for men and women combined was £29,009

    Full-time was £35,423.
    Part-Time was £12,083.

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  3. Median Gross Annual earnings for Full-time Adult employees in the UK.

    Year Male Increase Female Increase All Adults Increase
    2006 £25,184 £19,932 £23,067
    2007 £25,912 2.89% £20,530 3.00% £23,795 3.16%
    2008 £27,144 4.76% £21,445 4.46% £24,913 4.70%
    2009 £27,612 1.72% £22,142 3.25% £25,402 1.96%
    2010 £27,986 1.36% £22,828 3.10% £25,938 2.11%
    2011

    2010 Figures are provisional

    Source: ONS: Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings. (Weekly wages x 52)

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