Highest Paid Jobs in the UK

If you’ve just graduated from university, or you’re in your last year, you’re probably on a hunt for a job. Although money isn’t everything and you will want to have a job that you enjoy, we all want to earn the most we can, so figuring out what are the highest paying jobs is the best place to start. You never know, this might be your new profession. 

Just be aware, that while these are the highest paying jobs out there, do not expect this to be your starting salary. We all have to start somewhere, so you probably won’t start on these.

What are the Highest Paying Jobs in the UK?

We put together a list of the best paid jobs with the highest salaries that you can look for in the UK. There might be something for everyone, see what tickles your fancy!

CEO’s & Senior Level Directors

Chief Executive Officers or, better known as CEOs are the main people, the ones at the top of the company, so you can expect that they earn quite a bit of money.

  • Starting Salary: £47,000
  • Average Salary: £77,000
  • Highest Salary: £97,000 


It is no surprise that an Orthodontist is among the highest paying jobs. It is also a great profession to go into as everyone is always going to want to have nice teeth!

  • Starting Salary: £50,000 
  • Average Salary: £78,000
  • Highest Salary: £83,000


If you don’t want to be an Orthodontist, but want to work in a similar field, then Dentistry is a great profession. 

  • Starting Salary: £36,000
  • Average Salary: £51,000
  • Highest Salary: £70,000


If you’re very much an academic, you might want to consider becoming a professor- it will be a few more years of studying, but if that’s what you love to do, then you definitely reap the benefits of it, as professors can earn around £78,000. 

  • Starting Salary: £61,000 
  • Average Salary: £75,000 
  • Highest Salary: £78,000

Investment Banking

If you’re studying economics at university, you might want to look into becoming an Investment Banker.

  • Starting Salary: £45,000
  • Average Salary: £59,000
  • Highest Salary: £91,000

IT Director

IT Directors are in charge of the development, rollout, and ongoing maintenance of an organisations IT systems. Beyond this, they can expect to make strategic decisions on IT investments.

  • Starting Salary: £49,000
  • Average Salary: £54,000
  • Highest Salary: £125,000


So to become a Judge, you do need to have a legal background and have a  good few years’ experience in the field, but this is definitely a career path to aspire to. 

  • Starting Salary: £44,000 
  • Average Salary: £67,000
  • Highest Salary: £71,000

HR Director

Becoming a HR Director is a great profession, especially if you are good with people and like to help others. The salary for HR is also a nice added benefit. 

  • Starting Salary: £58,000 
  • Average Salary: £71,000
  • Highest Salary: £78,000


If you want to see the world, then becoming a Pilot might be the right job for you!

  • Starting Salary: £50,000 
  • Average Salary: £76,000
  • Highest Salary: £113,000


I think Suits and Legally Blonde inspired us all to consider a job in the legal sector at one point or another, and this can only be fuelled by the salary you could get. 

  • Starting Salary: £40,000 
  • Average Salary: £48,000 
  • Highest Salary: £65,000

Marketing or Sales Director

If you’re interested in a creative role, then marketing and sales could be for you.

  • Starting Salary: £30,000 
  • Average Salary: £75,000
  • Highest Salary: £106,000

How to Get a Highly Paid Job

Okay, so maybe if there is one in over a hundred million chance of winning, you might be wondering what else is more likely to happen. We put together a list of weird and wonderful things that are more likely than winning the lottery.

Get Yourself a Good Degree

Having a degree can definitely help you in the long run with finding a job, especially if it is related to the field that you are interested in working in. For example, people who study subjects such as law, physiotherapy, dentistry etc.. (you need a degree to work within these fields).

Find Highly Paid Graduate Scheme in the UK

Graduate Schemes are a great way to secure yourself a well paid job. It is always worth taking a look at what graduate schemes you can get involved with- the starting salaries some of these are incredibly appealing! These are just a couple of the graduate schemes that are on offer, there are so many more, and ones that are tailored to your line of interests. Have a look at our Jobs Finder to help you find something perfect for you.

Upgrade Your CV

To get yourself a top level job (or any job for that matter), you need a strong CV! Read our guide on How to Write a CV, or check out our Student Jobs Guide for some information on how to build your CV. Just make sure that your CV is easy to read and that you include all of your skills, qualifications and any experience you already have! 

Gain Relevant Experience

Gaining any extra experience in the field you want to work in is always an added bonus and this will look really good to employers. You might actually be able to land a job with someone you have done work experience with. Any experience you can get will automatically look really good to employers.

Develop Your Skills

If you have an interest in a set skill, use this to your advantage! You can take LinkedIn courses that can help you enhance your skills. Maybe learn a language if you have a passion for that- anything that will make you stand out to an employer and show your wider range of interests.

Grow Your Network

Networking is a great way to land a job. You may know of opportunities that others won’t. Use your connections on LinkedIn to scout for jobs that might not get advertised to everyone. Have a Google for networking events in your local city, they are going on all the time, and you’ll get talk to people in the line of work you hope to join, and you might find yourself walking away with a new career!

Find Help From Recruitment Agencies

If you’re struggling with your job search, it might be worth looking at contacting a recruitment agency, as they will be able to put you in contact with the right people. This takes some of the pressure off you, as the hard work of finding the job is looked after, all you have to do is wow your future employer at the interview! Just make sure your CV is all up to date and your ready to go! 

Other Ways to Make Money as a Student

So whenever next there’s a rollover, and you’re considering taking your chances on that 100+ million up for grabs, maybe consider trying out for President? You never know though, as your gran probably said, someone’s gotta win it, right?

If you fancy trying to earn some money the old fashion way, have a look through the Student Saviour Jobs Finder to find the right job for you at your university or city. If you’re stuck for ideas on how to get yourself a job, click here to learn How to Get a Job Guide For Students!