Practitioners' survey 2017: salaries

Salaries by industry and sector

The pay headline of the practitioners’ survey this year is slow but steady earnings growth. The median annual salary for full-time environment and sustainability professionals stands at £39,000, up by around 2% on £38,180 one year ago. The average or mean salary is £44,008, also up fromlast year’s figure of £43,812.

This headline figure compares favourably to the median of £37,675 recorded for professional occupations in the 2016 Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) – although it slightly lags behind the national median of £40,627 for science, research, engineering and technology professionals.

The 2017 survey finds that the median annual salary for professionals working in business and industry stands at £41,000 over the 2016 calendar year, compared with £37,750 for colleagues working in consultancy. Pay in the consultancy sector appears to have dipped, although this may be explained largely by sampling variations.

The survey reveals a surprisingly high median salary for respondents from academia and research, which stands at £41,000, level-pegging with corporate roles. It should be noted, however, that this figure is based on a smaller sample than other groups. Likewise, the findings for the third sector should be treated with caution due to the small sample size.

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