The 12 industries where you’re most likely to earn more than £100,000

British circuit judges walk to the Houses of Parliament following the annual Judges Service at Westminster Abbey, London, October 1, 2004. The event marks the beginning of the legal year.

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British circuit judges walk to the Houses of Parliament following the annual Judges Service at Westminster Abbey, London, October 1, 2004. The event marks the beginning of the legal year.
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REUTERS/Toby Melville

For many people, earning a six figure salary is the ultimate goal of their career. But which industries give their staff best chance of reaching that goal and earning in excess of £100,000 ($139,000)?

According to data from Emolument, staff working in financial services – banking, asset management and other jobs – are the most likely to do so, with 60% of staff surveyed by the salary benchmarking site taking home a six-figure salary.

The number of financial services professionals earning over £100,000 is double that of the second most likely profession – the law. Other professions to feature highly include mining, pharmaceuticals, and agriculture.

“While the current picture puts financial services at top of the high paying list for experienced employees, trends are changing for those recently in the job market as technology giants work hard to close the pay gap with the financial sector,” Alice Leguay, Emolument’s cofounder and chief marketing officer said in a statement.

“A battle for talent is playing out which will drastically impact earnings by sector over the coming 5 years, causing reshuffling at the top.”

Check out the professions where workers are most likely to earn £100,000 or more below.


T11. Transportation

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Pixabay

Employees earning more than £100,000: 17%

Experience needed: 15 years


T11. Consumer goods

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Apple CEO Tim Cook.
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Stephen Lam/Stringer

Employees earning more than £100,000: 17%

Experience needed: 15 years


T9. Recruitment

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Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett

Employees earning more than £100,000: 19%

Experience needed: 12 years


T9. Agriculture

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Reuters / Phil Noble

Employees earning more than £100,000: 19%

Experience needed: 12 years


8. Apps, web and ecommerce

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A worker wears a branded T-shirt inside Amazon’s Black Friday pop-up space in London, Britain, November 21, 2017.
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REUTERS/Toby Melville

Employees earning more than £100,000: 23%

Experience needed: 12 years


7. Tech and telecoms

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US actor Kevin Bacon fronts advertising for one of the UK’s biggest telecoms networks, EE.
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EE

Employees earning more than £100,000: 25%

Experience needed: 15 years


T4. Pharmaceuticals

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There is no evidence that homeopathy has any medical value at all.
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Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

Employees earning more than £100,000: 26%

Experience needed: 14 years


T4. Energy and mining

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A truck driver walks past a giant mining truck at the largest open pit gold mine in Australia, called the Fimiston Open Pit, also known as the Super Pit, in the gold-mining town of Kalgoorlie, located around 500 kilometres east of Perth July 27, 2001.
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Reuters

Employees earning more than £100,000: 26%

Experience needed: 14 years


T4. Consulting

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Consultants working for Capco outside the company’s Canary Wharf office
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Glassdoor/Capco

Employees earning more than £100,000: 26%

Experience needed: 13 years


T2. Insurance

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Lloyd’s of London staff hold their annual Armistice Day service at the Lloyd’s building in the City of London, Britain November 11, 2016.
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Reuters/Eddie Keogh

Employees earning more than £100,000: 30%

Experience needed: 14 years


T2. Law practice

British circuit judges walk to the Houses of Parliament following the annual Judges Service at Westminster Abbey, London, October 1, 2004. The event marks the beginning of the legal year.

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British circuit judges walk to the Houses of Parliament following the annual Judges Service at Westminster Abbey, London, October 1, 2004. The event marks the beginning of the legal year.
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REUTERS/Toby Melville

Employees earning more than £100,000: 30%

Experience needed: 11 years


1. Financial services

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REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski

Employees earning more than £100,000: 60%

Experience needed: 12 years