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Environment,Plants and Animal care

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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 are at least £20,000 a year.
  • With experience, farm managers may earn between £26,000 and £30,000.
  • The manager of a large farm with over ten years' experience may earn over £50,000 a year.

Many farm managers will be provided with rent-free accommodation and a vehicle. There may also be other benefits such as free farm produce and a pension scheme.

Farm Workers

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

  • Farm workers usually earn at least £7,239 a year at age 16 and £9,795 at age 19.
  • At over 19, farm workers usually earn at least £14,986 a year.
  • 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

For Garden Centre Workers:

  • Starting salaries may be around £12,000 to £15,000 a year.
  • With experience, workers may earn around £18,000 to £20,000.
  • Those in supervisory or management roles may earn from around £20,000 to over £40,000 a year

For Garden Centre Managers:

  • Starting salaries 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.
  • With experience, officers may earn around £25,000 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.
  • Top salaries can exceed £30,000 a year.

Fish Farmers

  • Starting salaries may be around £13,000 to £14,000 a year.
  • Experienced fish farmers may earn between £13,000 and £20,500 a year.
  • Senior fish farmers or managers can earn between £20,000 and £45,000 a year, or more.

 Gardeners

  • Gardeners working for a local authority may start at around £12,000 to £15,000 a year.
  • More experienced gardeners may earn up to £19,000 a year.
  • Senior gardeners may earn around £25,000 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.
  • Some greenkeepers may be paid an hourly rate, ranging from the minimum wage to £11 an hour.
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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.
  • Top salaries can exceed £14,000 a year.

 Animal Physiotherapists

  • Starting salaries are usually from around £18,500 a year.
  • Experienced animal physiotherapists may earn between £20,000 and £25,000 a year.
  • Senior animal physiotherapists and consultants may earn up to £65,000 a year.
  • Self-employed animal physiotherapists charge hourly rates. These can range from £35 to £70 for an hour's appointment.

 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 £30,000 a year.
  • Senior technologists with managerial experience often earn in excess of £40,000 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.