This is the average weekly salary in the UK (so how does yours compare?)

Whether you were brought up with the mindset that it’s rude to ask about other people’s finances, or you just get awkward about sharing the intimate details of your own, there’s still very much a sense that the subject of salaries should be shrouded in secrecy.

But if you’ve ever wanted to know how your pay packet compares to everyone else’s, that’s about to change, as new research from the BBC has delved into the wages of those living the country’s biggest towns and cities, and revealed the average weekly salary in the UK.

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It’ll come as a surprise to no one that those in the capital city London are the highest earners, bringing in an average of £727. The closest town to this was Reading, with £665 per week, followed by Crawley, at £633.

The national average, however, came in at £539. Bottom of the list was Southend, where residents earn an estimated £413 per week.

The cities and towns with the highest weekly wages

  • London: £727
  • Reading: £655
  • Crawley: £633
  • Milton Keynes: £619
  • Cambridge: £609
  • Slough: £606
  • Oxford: £600
  • Edinburgh: £598
  • Aberdeen: £597
  • Derby: £595

The cities and towns with the lowest weekly wages

  • Stoke: £455
  • Bradford: £455
  • Worthing: £455
  • Barnsley: £453
  • Norwich: £450
  • Doncaster: £447
  • Wigan: £436
  • Birkenhead: £428
  • Huddersfield: £424
  • Southend: £413

So, why is there such a discrepancy between the top and the bottom locations? The BBC explains: ‘The main reason why some towns and cities offer lower average wages is simple: they are home to fewer high paying occupations.’ Some areas offer a high proportion of profitable senior level roles, while others offer significantly less opportunities, and have a fewer residents educated to degree level or above.

However, in some instances the pay for the same job was vastly different – sales occupations (such as call centre work) will earn you £207 per week in Wigan, but £354 per week in Crawley.

‘More broadly, there is a definite north-south divide when it comes to wages,’ the BBC notes, ‘Most – but not all – of the lowest paid towns and cities are in Yorkshire and the North West of England.’