Map shows Kent areas where people take home the highest and lowest salaries

Map shows how Kent wages compare to rest of UK
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A new map has highlighted a £10,000 wage gap between Kent’s best and worst-paid places. Last year the median annual full-time wage rose by 5.8% in the UK to £34,963, while the median weekly salary increased by 6.2% to £681.

But there are huge differences in how well you are likely to be paid, depending on where you live. In Kent, residents of Gravesham are more likely to be higher earners than people living anywhere else in our county.

Among all full-time workers who live in Gravesham, the median annual wage is £39,030. That’s £10,000 more than in Thanet, where the median salary is £29,312. Gravesham also has the highest median salary in Kent for men (£42,444) in Kent, while Thanet has the lowest (£27,314).

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But Thanet is one of only a handful of places where the median salary for women (£31,961) is higher than it is for men living in the same place. However, female workers living in Tunbridge Wells draw the highest median salary for women in Kent (£32,303).

You can see the median wage where you live and how it compares to the rest of the UK using our interactive map.

The ONS data shows the median and mean salaries of full-time workers who live in each part of the country. It comes from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, based on a 1% sample of full-time jobs taken from HM Revenue and Customs’ Pay As You Earn (PAYE) records.

The ONS believes median pay - the amount which 50% of jobs fall below - is a more accurate measure of average earnings than taking the mean amount, which can be skewed by a small number of very high-paid jobs.
It shows median annual pay is higher in Scotland (£35,518) than it is in England (£35,106), Northern Ireland (£32,879) or Wales (£32,371).

Among English regions, there is a distinct North-South divide with workers in London earning the highest annual pay packet (£44,370), followed by the South East (£34,963), and East of England (£34,833). The lowest wages are in the North East (£31,200), followed by the East Midlands (£31,634), and then Yorkshire and the Humber (£31,920).

Tower Hamlets is the local authority where residents earn the highest median salary (£61,984), while the nation’s lowest-paid earners live in Oadby and Wigston, Leicestershire, where the median wage is just £24,337.

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