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Revealed: Here are the highest-paying jobs in video game industry in the UK

Revealed: Here are the highest-paying jobs in video game industry in the UK

A new study revealed that Game Developers, Marketing Managers, and QA Testers are the professions in the video games industry earning the highest salaries. 

The study, conducted by online gaming platform Solitaired, analysed Indeed UK data for the different video games roles and ranked them according to the average annual salary for each role in the UK. All the data for this research was accessed on April 25, 2022. 

According to results shared with Finbold, the 14 highest-paid video games jobs in the UK are

Ranking  Job   Salary (£) 
Game Developer  43,469 
Marketing Manager  38,278 
QA tester  35,919 
3D Artist  35,828 
Game Producer  33,796 
2D Animator  33,438 
Game designer   31,584 
Writer  31,356 
3D Animator  30,721 
10  Audio engineer  29,885 
11  Market Researcher  28,685 
12  Translator  28,446 
13  Sales Representatives  26,559 
14  IT technical support officer  23,537 
Sources: Indeed UK, solitaired.com

According to the findings, Game Developers are the highest-paid job in the UK, with an average yearly salary of £43,469. 

Game Developers’ main task is to take video game designers’ ideas and concepts and write the code for the game to suit an array of different formats, such as consoles, PCs, and mobiles. 

The top five cities in the UK to be a Game Developer, and their respective average annual salaries, are: 

Rank  City  Annual salary (£) 
London  59,940 
Birmingham  46,897 
Manchester  46,159 
Leeds  44,524 
Glasgow  39,948 
Sources: Indeed UK, solitaired.com

The findings show that Marketing Managers are the second most profitable profession in the video game sector in the UK, earning an average annual salary of £38,278.  

Taking care of the promotional aspects of the game, Marketing Managers are developing and implementing marketing strategies to meet consumer needs and maximize the companies’ financial profits. 

The top five cities in the UK to be a Marketing Manager are: 

Rank  City  Annual Salary (£) 
London  43,178 
Medway  40,000 
Nottingham  39,125 
Manchester  37,745 
Portsmouth  36,823 
Sources: Indeed UK, solitaired.com

With an average yearly salary of £35,919, Video Games QA Testers are the third-best paid video game job in the UK. QA Testers set up plans to test video games software, find and fix bugs, and generally improve the service.  

According to the findings, the top five cities that offer the highest salaries to QA Testers are:

Rank  City   Annual Salary (£) 
Cambridge  46,976 
London  42,030 
Manchester  34,241 
Bristol  34,107 
Cardiff  34,040 
Sources: Indeed UK, solitaired.com

Earning an average of £35,828 a year, 3D artists come fourth in the ranking and are responsible for creating three-dimensional animations and visual effects. Being one of the most common roles nowadays in films and games production, 3D artists are the fourth most paid job in the UK. 

The UK cities that pay their 3D artists the most are:  

Rank  City  Salary 
London  43,616 
Glasgow  40,004 
Newcastle upon Tyne  35,436 
Manchester   31,100 
Leicester  30,883 
Sources: Indeed UK, solitaired.com

With an average salary of £33,796, video game producers are the fifth-highest paid professionals in the industry, according to the findings. Game producers ensure that the whole development of a game is actually implemented and achieved.  

The top 5 UK cities to be a Video Game Producer are: 

Rank  City   Salary 
Liverpool  38,802 
London  36,170 
Bristol  35,632 
Manchester   34,271 
Birmingham   33,628 
Sources: Indeed UK, solitaired.com

The research was conducted by solitaired.com, a free, browser-based card game platform.


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