Posted by on Feb 9, 2018 in Career Insights | 0 questions


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Ever since the historic Brexit vote, the UK economy has been in a state of flux. No one entirely knows how life outside of the bloc will work out for the UK and, as a result, many Americans who may once have thought of emigrating have put their plans on hold.

However, while the future for the UK may be somewhat indistinct, salaries are salaries. The UK does not officially leave the EU until 2019, and even that date just signals the beginning of a two-year transition period. That means there are three years, at the very least, in which you could potentially be earning more in the UK than you are in the US.

Below are a few of the most common job types with comparisons between UK and US average salaries– if you’ve always dreamed of moving to the UK, it might be worth a look.

Property Occupations

Do you want to transfer your real estate skills to the UK, giving you the chance to make your professional life showcasing properties to potential buyers or helping clients negotiate tricky issues with complex compulsory purchase compensation? Then here are your prospective earnings across the Atlantic.

- Property consultants earn on average of $72,414, which is around £49,000. The UK average is slightly more complicated — as the role goes under various names — but job listings show an upper margin of around £40,000 – £60,000. Verdict: about the same.
- Realtors earn a median salary of $44,090 (£34,000)  in the US. In the UK, it’s £41,392. Verdict: you will likely earn more in the UK.
- Real estate attorneys earn an average of $139,186 (£99,000). In the UK, you’ll earn £54,000 on average, and up to £180,000 depending on your experience. Verdict: you will likely earn more in the UK.

Medical

If you are a qualified nurse or doctor, then the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) will likely welcome your assistance. Here’s an idea of what you can expect to earn:

- The average nurse salary in the USA is $67,930 (£47,000). In the UK, it’s £23,382. Verdict: you will earn more in the USA.
- General practitioners earn $189,000 (£134,560) in the USA. In the UK, it’s £101,500. Verdict: you will earn more in the USA.
- EMTs earn a median salary of $32,670 (£22,784) in the USA. In the UK, it’s £24,594. Verdict: you will earn slightly more in the UK.

Miscellaneous

Finally, here’s a quick look at the comparative salaries for some of the most popular occupations…

- Retail workers earn on average $26,000 (£18,000)  in the USA. In the UK, it’s £18,579. Verdict: about the same.
- Office clerks earn $30,131 (£21,000). In the UK, it’s £17,180. Verdict: you will earn more in the USA.
- Waiters/waitresses earn a median salary of $19,990 (£13,527). In the UK, in London, it’s £16,660. Verdict: you will earn more in the UK.

In conclusion

In the next three years, much will change for the UK, but skilled overseas workers will always be welcome in the country. If your work is more valuable across the pond than it is at home, it might be worth thinking of making your move sooner rather than later.