New map shows Surrey areas where people earn the highest and lowest salaries

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People living in part of Surrey are among the highest earners in the country - and you can see how your wage compares using our interactive map.

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.

Among all full-time workers who live in Guildford, the median annual wage is £43,280. That’s the highest in Surrey, 10th highest in the UK, and second highest outside of London. It’s also nearly £11,000 higher than in Epson and Ewell, where the median salary is £32,322, the lowest in our area.

Residents of Mole Valley earn the highest median weekly salary of £878, which is £34 more per week than workers in Guildford (£844).
However, the median annual salary in Mole Valley is not available because this estimate is “considered unreliable for practical purposes” by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

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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