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Pay

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Land management and production

Agricultural Technical Advisor/Consultants

  • Salaries may start at around £20,000 to £26,500 a year.
  • With experience, salaries can rise to around £33,000 to £44,000 a year.
  • Salaries in senior posts could be £50,000 or more.

Farm Managers

Minimum wage scales for agricultural work are set each year by the Agricultural Wages Boards for England and Wales.

  • Starting salaries for farm managers range from around £16,000 a year to over £21,000..
  • Experiences farm managers may earn over £30,000.
  • Sometimes rent-free accommodation and a vehicle are provided

Farm Workers

Minimum rates of pay for farm workers are set by the Agricultural Wages Board.

  • Experienced farm workers may earn up to £19,000.

Many farm workers are given free or low-rent accommodation or a lodging allowance. Overtime may also be available.

Garden Centre Managers/Workers

  • Salaries may be around £12,000 to £20,000 a year for non managers.
  • Starting salaries for managers may be around £18,000 to £22,000 a year.
  • With experience, managers may earn around £26,000 to £35,000.
  • Senior managers may earn around £40,000 a year or more.
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Environmental work:

Countryside Officers/Rangers

  • Starting salaries may be around £18,000 a year.
  • Officers in senior positions may earn £30,000 a year or more.

Education and Interpretation Officers

  • Salaries may start at between £14,000 and £21,000 a year, depending on previous experience and qualifications.
  • With experience, salaries can rise to around £22,000 to £30,000 a year.

Fish Farmers

  • Salaries may be around £13,000 to £18,000 a year.
  • Senior fish farmers or managers can around £38,000 a year
  • Accommodation and a vehicle may be included

 Gardeners

  • Gardeners can earn from around £11,000 to £19,000 or more a year.
  • Self-employed gardeners normally negotiate an hourly rate, which varies depending on their experience and where they work.

Greenkeepers

  • Apprentice greenkeepers may start on around £10,000, rising to around £14,000 a year once qualified.
  • Greenkeepers with a few years experience may earn up to £23,000 a year.
  • Golf course managers working for a prestigious course may earn in excess of £44,000 a year.
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Work with Animals

Animal Care Assistants

  • Starting salaries are usually in line with the national minimum wage.
  • Experienced animal care assistants may earn up to £13,000 or more.

 Animal Physiotherapists

  • Salaries vary enormously, depending on the employer (charity, veterinary private practice, self-employed, etc) - from around £20,000 a year to well over £50,000.

 Animal Technologists

  • The starting salary for a trainee animal technologist is about £12,000 to £15,000 a year.
  • Once fully qualified, animal technologists may earn between £15,000 and £20,000 a year.
  • Senior technologists can earn around £30,000 a year.

 Horse Grooms

  • Starting salaries are usually in line with the national minimum wage.
  • Experienced grooms may earn around £12,000 to £14,000 a year.
  • Salaries for head grooms may be around £14,000 to £20,000 a year.
  • Some employers provide accommodation, food, free stabling for their employees' horses and riding instruction.

 Veterinary nurses 

  • Starting salaries are usually from around £12,000 a year.
  • Experienced veterinary nurses may earn between £14,000 and £20,000.
  • Senior veterinary nurses or supervisors may earn up to £25,000 or more.

 

Salary figures (Nov 2011) are mostly taken from the Next Step and Lantra websites, and are for guidance only because pay can depend on various factors, including location, qualifications and experience