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What were the highest paid jobs in 2014?

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Of course, money doesn't guarantee happiness, but as we strive to push forward in our careers we can't help but wonder which jobs bring in the top salaries.

This month the Office of National Statistics has released its annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, so we take a look at the ten occupations that earned the highest salaries in the UK in 2014.

While there are no surprises in seeing chief executives and financial directors in the rankings, the highest paid job may take you surprise. 

The figures are based on the average (mean) salary of a sample of employed workers who carry out each occupation. The data was taken from PAYE (Pay As You Earn) records and it doesn’t include bonuses. 

The survey also does not include the self-employed or celebrities who don’t appear on company payrolls.

Take a look at the top ten earners below.

1. Aircraft pilots and flight engineers - £90,420

2. Chief executives and senior officials - £81,521

3. Air traffic controllers - £79,874

4. Medical practitioners - £71,141

5. Marketing and sales directors - £70,742

6. Information technology and telecommunications directors - £64,511

7. Financial managers and directors - £61,108

8. Senior police officers - £57,896

9. Financial institution managers and directors - £53,621

10. Senior professionals of educational establishments -£50,367

An official interactive graphic also allows you to see what jobs earn a similar salary to yours and how well other careers pays.

For example, jobs that earn around £25,000 include wide-ranging occupations from hairdressing managers to community workers to vehicle repairers.

In the £35,000 bracket, jobs include musicians, rail construction operatives and aircraft maintenance. 

The Office for National Statistics has also created a fun quiz which asks you to guess which out of two occupations offers more money, before revealing the salaries.

Men and women

The survey also shed light on the current gender pay gap, which has narrowed from 27.5% in 1997 to 9.4% in 2014 (it was at 10% last year).

While the figures (based on median hourly earnings excluding overtime) are the lowest on record, another quiz on the website which asks if you think men or women earn more in specific roles quickly reveal the difference in pay between male and females is still a pressing problem.

While male chief executives earn £97,911, £34,737 more than women who earn £63,174, female midwives earn £1,987 more than their male colleagues who earn £33,511. 

See all the results at neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk.

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