The 12 industries where you're most likely to earn more than £100,000

For many people, earning a six figure salary is the ultimate goal of their career. But which industries give their staff best chance of reaching that goal and earning in excess of £100,000 ($US139,000)?

According to data from Emolument, staff working in financial services – banking, asset management and other jobs – are the most likely to do so, with 60% of staff surveyed by the salary benchmarking site taking home a six-figure salary.

The number of financial services professionals earning over £100,000 is double that of the second most likely profession – the law. Other professions to feature highly include mining, pharmaceuticals, and agriculture.

“While the current picture puts financial services at top of the high paying list for experienced employees, trends are changing for those recently in the job market as technology giants work hard to close the pay gap with the financial sector,” Alice Leguay, Emolument’s cofounder and chief marketing officer said in a statement.

“A battle for talent is playing out which will drastically impact earnings by sector over the coming 5 years, causing reshuffling at the top.”

Check out the professions where workers are most likely to earn £100,000 or more below.


T11. Transportation

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Employees earning more than £100,000: 17%

Experience needed: 15 years


T11. Consumer goods

Stephen Lam/StringerApple CEO Tim Cook.

Employees earning more than £100,000: 17%

Experience needed: 15 years


T9. Recruitment

Employees earning more than £100,000: 19%

Experience needed: 12 years


T9. Agriculture

Employees earning more than £100,000: 19%

Experience needed: 12 years


8. Apps, web and ecommerce

Employees earning more than £100,000: 23%

Experience needed: 12 years


7. Tech and telecoms

EEUS actor Kevin Bacon fronts advertising for one of the UK’s biggest telecoms networks, EE.

Employees earning more than £100,000: 25%

Experience needed: 15 years


T4. Pharmaceuticals

Peter Macdiarmid / Getty ImagesThere is no evidence that homeopathy has any medical value at all.

Employees earning more than £100,000: 26%

Experience needed: 14 years


T4. Energy and mining

Employees earning more than £100,000: 26%

Experience needed: 14 years


T4. Consulting

Glassdoor/CapcoConsultants working for Capco outside the company’s Canary Wharf office

Employees earning more than £100,000: 26%

Experience needed: 13 years


T2. Insurance

Employees earning more than £100,000: 30%

Experience needed: 14 years


T2. Law practice

Employees earning more than £100,000: 30%

Experience needed: 11 years


1. Financial services

Employees earning more than £100,000: 60%

Experience needed: 12 years

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