Wales average salary comparison

The average salary in Wales is £31.5k. The UK average salary is £38.6k in 2020. Gross average salary is calculated for full-time employees. Employee has to be in the same job for over 12 months. The data collected is Tax Year Ending. The income includes incentive payments and are available for local government districts/counties.
Wales average salary comparison
AreaAverage salary in 2020
Wales£31.5k
South West£34.2k
North West£34.6k
West Midlands£35.5k
United Kingdom£38.6k
Wales average salary by year

Wales average salary comparison by sex

The average salary for female in Wales is £29.0k. The UK average salary for female is £33.3k in 2020. The average salary for male in Wales is £33.4k. The UK average salary for male is £42.2k in 2020.
Wales average salary comparison by sex
AreaFemale average salary, 2020Male average salary
Wales£29.0k£33.4k
South West£29.9k£36.8k
North West£30.9k£37.3k
West Midlands£30.1k£39.0k
United Kingdom£33.3k£42.2k

Wales median salary comparison

The median salary in Wales is £28.1k. The UK median salary is £31.5k in 2020.
Wales median salary comparison
AreaMedian salary in 2020
Wales£28.1k
West Midlands£29.5k
South West£29.5k
North West£29.6k
United Kingdom£31.5k
Wales median salary by year

Wales median salary comparison by sex

The median salary for female in Wales is £26.3k. The UK median salary for female is £28.0k in 2020. The median salary for male in Wales is £29.5k. The UK median salary for male is £33.9k in 2020.
Wales median salary comparison by sex
AreaFemale median salary, 2020Male median salary
Wales£26.3k£29.5k
West Midlands£26.3k£32.0k
South West£26.0k£31.8k
North West£27.0k£31.7k
United Kingdom£28.0k£33.9k

Wales unemployment rate comparison

The unemployment rate in Wales is 3.8%. The UK unemployment rate is 3.9% in 2020.
Wales unemployment rate comparison
AreaUnemployment rate in Q3/2019 - Q2/2020
North West3.8%
South West3.8%
Wales3.8%
United Kingdom3.9%
West Midlands4.6%
Wales unemployment rate by year

Wales house price to earnings ratio

The median property price to median earnings ratio in Wales is 5.7. Ie. Wales resident with middle-income needs 5.7 gross annual salaries to buy a medium-priced property. The England and Wales ratio is 7.7 in 2020.
Wales house price to earnings ratio
AreaMedian house price to median salary ratio in 2019
Wales5.7
North West5.8
West Midlands6.9
England and Wales7.7
South West8.6
Wales house price to earnings ratio history

Wales net household income map

Map shows the net average household income in 2016 by middle layer super output area (MSOA). The lowest average net household income was in Dyfed, with £25.7k. The area with the highest average net income was South Glamorgan, with £28.8k. Median income was £26.4k - i.e. half of the areas had income equal or above £26.4k. Median income for England and Wales was 31.9k ( the lowest income was in Leeds 086, £16.8k, the highest in Tower Hamlets 033, £93.8k).

Wales net household income map
NameNet income
lowest Dyfed £25.7k
median £26.4k
highest South Glamorgan £28.8k

Wales relative housing costs map

The map below shows housing costs share of net household income in 2016. The higher the share of income costs the darker the displayed color. An equivalisation scale and different models for income before housing costs and after housing costs may result in a few inconsitencies. Although there are some inconsistencies, it does not change significantly the overall picture of area comparison.

Wales relative housing costs map

Wales working age population share

2019 population estimates.

41.8

Wales
average age

40.3

England & Wales
average age
Wales working age population share
age grouphead-count% share of population% for Eng & Wales
0-15564k17.9%19.1%
16-641.9M61.1%62.3%
65+662k21.0%18.5%

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