Revealed: The Highest-Paying Jobs In The Video Game Industry In The UK | News

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.

According to results, the 14 highest-paid video games jobs in the UK are:

RankingJob Salary (£)
1Game Developer43,469
2Marketing Manager38,278
3QA tester35,919
43D Artist35,828
5Game Producer33,796
62D Animator33,438
7Game designer31,584
8Writer31,356
93D Animator30,721
10Audio engineer29,885
11Market Researcher28,685
12Translator28,446
13Sales Representatives26,559
14IT technical support officer23,537

 

According to the results of the study, 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 games 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:

RankCityAnnual salary (£)
1London59,940
2Birmingham46,897
3Manchester46,159
4Leeds44,524
5Glasgow39,948

 

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 need — and maximize the companies’ financial profits.

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

RankCityAnnual Salary (£)
1London43,178
2Medway40,000
3Nottingham39,125
4Manchester37,745
5Portsmouth36,823

 

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, finding and fixing bugs and generally improving the service.

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

RankCityAnnual Salary (£)
1Cambridge46,976
2London42,030
3Manchester34,241
4Bristol34,107
5Cardiff34,040

 

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:

RankCitySalary
1London43,616
2Glasgow40,004
3Newcastle upon Tyne35,436
4Manchester31,100
5Leicester30,883

 

With an average salary of £33,796, video games 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:

RankCitySalary
1Liverpool38,802
2London36,170
3Bristol35,632
4Manchester34,271
5Birmingham33,628

The research was conducted by solitaired.com, a free, browser-based card game platform with more than 500 games available to play.

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