About the data
In 2018 median gross annual full-time earnings in Somerset was estimated to be £27,503, an increase of 3.6% on the previous year. This is lower than the figure both for the South West (£28,418) and the UK (£29,574). It is however higher than the figure for the Heart of the South West LEP area of £26,927.
If we include earnings from part-time work as well as full-time work, then the median wage in Somerset is just £20,871. This is lower than the South West average of £22,500, and significantly lower than the UK average of £24,006. This is due to a higher incidence of part-time-work in Somerset. We know this to be the case because earnings for part-time work do not differ greatly between Somerset (£9,360), the South West (£9,928) and the UK (£10,146).
There is a significant difference in earnings between males and females. Including both full and part-time work, the median wage for males in Somerset in 2018 was £27,386, whereas for females it was just £14,777. This is partly accounted for by a higher incidence of part-time working among females (see ‘Employment & Gender’), but also significantly lower full-time earnings compared with males.
In 2018 roughly 14,000 jobs were accounted for by male part-time workers compared to 49,000 by females. Earnings are similar for both males and females in part-time work. In 2018, the median annual wage in part-time work was £9,274 for males and £9,427 for females.
However, the median wage for females in full-time work is much lower than it is for males. In 2018, the median annual wage in full-time work was £30,305 for males, but just £22,878 for females.
 The median is the value below which 50% of employees fall. It is preferred over the mean for earnings data as it is influenced less by extreme values and because of the skewed distribution of earnings data.
Source: ONS, Annual Survey of hours and earnings, resident analysis. March 2019