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Average creative wage is apparently £35K

Creative jobs wage chart
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If you ever really want to spoil your day, simply do a little research into how much other people doing the same job as you get paid. Because unless you're exceptionally brilliant – or fortunate – you'll find that there are plenty of people earning a lot more than you for more or less the same work. Such is the way of the world.

In that spirit, here's an infographic from Liberty Games that tots up the average wage for 50 assorted jobs across the creative industries, and which might have you heading for our design jobs page (opens in new tab). Its UK creative wage chart covers jobs in everything from design through to marketing, TV and even the theatre, and ranks jobs from the highest earners – film and TV directors, coining it in at £57,589 – down to the lowest, who according to Liberty Games are fashion designers, bringing in an average of £20,716.

Ever thought of becoming a news anchor? (Click the top right-hand corner to enlarge) (Image credit: Liberty Games)
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Things aren't looking a lot better than that for graphic designers, who according to Liberty Games' numbers earn an average of £28,569. If you fancy earning a little more then maybe you should switch to illustration; the average illustrator earns £30,954. 

Meanwhile web designers are laughing all the way to the bank at £37,810, web developers are even better off at £39,825, while we imagine that art directors (opens in new tab) are diving, Scrooge McDuck-style, into their swimming pools full of money on their average £42,209.

Liberty Games says that the average creative salary is £35,182; feeling a little under-valued? To be fair, having seen the assertion that journalists pull in an average of £34,667, we feel your pain. 

However, before you storm your boss's office and demand a pay rise (check out our salary negotiation tips (opens in new tab) first), bear in mind that averages don't always tell a reliable story. They're likely to cover a wide range of salaries, from ones much lower than yours to outlier rockstar roles offering silly money, so they're not generally a useful thing to measure your own salary against. 

You can get a closer look at Liberty Games' wage chart here (opens in new tab). If you feel you're not earning enough and the infographic doesn't give you much hope of a pay rise, though, maybe you should think about refocusing your career. We're off to become drama teachers; those guys are rolling in it!

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Jim McCauley is a writer, performer and cat-wrangler who started writing professionally way back in 1995 on PC Format magazine, and has been covering technology-related subjects ever since, whether it's hardware, software or videogames. A chance call in 2005 led to Jim taking charge of Computer Arts' website and developing an interest in the world of graphic design, and eventually led to a move over to the freshly-launched Creative Bloq in 2012. Jim now works as a freelance writer for sites including Creative Bloq, T3 and PetsRadar, specialising in design, technology, wellness and cats, while doing the occasional pantomime and street performance in Bath and designing posters for a local drama group on the side.

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