Fancy working outside? Here are the 10 best paid outdoor jobs

14 August 2017

Although the weather this summer has been mixed, many people are happy to brave the British seasons and are being handsomely rewarded for doing so.

Research conducted by job site Indeed found that many outdoor jobs in construction, science and sport pay more than the UK average salary.

It says that the highest paying outdoor job in the UK is for an environmental manager. This pays almost £37,000, well over the national average of £28,000.

Senior landscape architect, location manager, senior geologist, and PE teacher were among the other outdoor roles to land a higher than average wage.

The website says interest in outdoor jobs generally peaks in the spring months as people look to leave the office and enjoy the good weather.

Bill Richards, UK managing director at Indeed, comments: “In our list we see a variety of outdoor roles that offer great alternatives to 9-5 desk jobs.

“Not only do these roles pay well, they also offer levels of mobility and flexibility that are in high demand with the modern jobseeker. Additional benefits such as fresh air, a non-sedentary lifestyle and a flexible schedule can all help employees achieve a good work/life balance.”

The table below details the UK’s top 10 best paid outdoor jobs. 



 Average salary


Environmental manager



Senior landscape architect



Location manager



Senior geologist



Travel manager



Construction supervisor



PE teacher



Farm manager



Alarm security contractor



Pest management technician


Source: Indeed, 14 August 2017

‘The traditional office setting is becoming less appealing’

Indeed’s research also shows that flexibility is becoming more important for the modern employee. It says the number of searches for home and flexible working has increased in the past year.

Mr Richards adds: “The traditional office setting is becoming less appealing to younger generations of workers - but those interested in an outdoor career should keep in mind that the weather is a central, yet unpredictable variable when outdoors.

“Outdoor roles are also known to include extensive travel, in some cases, or to require overtime. This can be an exciting prospect for some jobseekers, while for others it will mean giving up a comfortable routine.”

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