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Shock Survey

A  recent  Pay Survey has revealed what members of the public think certain occupations are worth and  what  others think we should really earn.

A BBC survey suggests the bosses of Britain's top 100 companies should be paid about £118,000 a year. Those questioned also put the pay of Premier League footballers at £365,000 and financial bond traders and £58,000. The salaries are a big drop on their actual average pay - a 94% fall in the case of chief executives.

According to the survey, even if footballers were paid £365,000 - against their average annual pay of £1.7m - that would still make them the highest paid of the 15 professions.

The survey of 1,000 people found that most believed the prime minister, secondary school head teachers and train drivers should be paid less.

On the other hand, they believed care assistants and call centre workers should get more.

Those people surveyed were not told what the real pay levels were in those professions.

The findings, part of a BBC Radio 4 programme being broadcast today  could be a shock for people in many jobs.

The BBC commissioned research from ComRes about what the public believes 15 different professions should pay.

Reas the results below.

Profession

Actual average pay (£000)

Survey pay (£000)

Difference %

FTSE-100 chief executive

2,100

118

-94

Premiership footballer

1,700

365

-79

Bond trader

225

58

-74

Prime minister

142.5

119

-16

Secondary school head

73

43

-41

Train driver

40

28

-30

Social worker

30

28

-8

Nurse

29

29

0

Technician

29

28.7

-1

Airline cabin attendant

23

25

+9

Secretary/PA

23

25

+9

Hospital porter

18

21

+15

Call centre worker

17

19

+14

Care assistant

16

24

+50

Retail cashier

13

18

+36

 

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