How much do the top earners in your industry earn? A new analysis has looked at 52,000 salaries in the capital and found that, surprise, surprise, those in the finance industry stand to make the highest salaries.
The analysis, by salary benchmarking site Emolument, found the top 10 per cent of earners in the capital's financial services sector make an average £290,000 a year, when gross salary and annual bonus are taken into account.
That was followed by the insurance sector, where the top 10 per cent of earners make as much as £153,000, and the energy, mining, chemicals and environmental sector, where the average top salary is £143,000.
At the bottom end of the scale was charity and not for profit, where the top average salary is a rather humbler £61,000. In the public and education sectors, it's a slightly higher £67,000, while top earners in sports, culture and recreation make £72,000.
|Industry||Top earners' salaries|
|Energy, Mining, Chemicals, Environmental||£143,000|
|Recruitment & Executive Search||£124,000|
|Technology & Telecoms||£120,000|
|Consulting & Professional Services||£118,000|
|Apps, Web, eCommerce||£113,000|
|Pharmaceuticals & Biotech||£110,000|
|Transportation & Logistics||£103,000|
|Construction & Real Estate||£92,000|
|Media & Communication||£88,000|
|Retail & Trade||£77,000|
|Services, Tourism, Restaurants||£72,000|
|Sports, Culture, Recreation||£72,000|
|Public sector & Education||£67,000|
|Charity & Not For Profit||£61,000|
If you're really after a six-figure salary, though, it may be worth investing in an MBA: those who have been to business school can command salaries of £290,000, the research suggested.
PhDs weren't far behind, with an average salary of £226,000, while the top 10 per cent of earners with a Master's degree can expect to pull in £194,000 a year.
However, Alice Leguay, co-founder of Emolument, pointed out those starting out in their careers are becoming less enthusiastic about the prospect of a six-figure salary.
"While finance remains in the lead when it comes to remuneration, young professionals are more and more reluctant to sign up just for the money, which means that the financial sector has to work harder to incentivise millennials to either join the industry or remain for more than a couple of opportunistic years of training," she said.
"The attempt to attract top talent by injecting a stronger sense of purpose, flexibility and impact into financial sector jobs may be its biggest challenge yet."
|Degree||Top earners' salaries|