Fancy getting out in the sun? Best paid jobs for working outdoors

3 July 2018

For anyone fed up of working in a hot and stuffy office, job site Indeed has revealed the 10 best paid jobs that let you work in the great outdoors.

Perhaps surprisingly, seven out of the top 10 roles paid above the UK national average salary of £27,600 and covered a wide range of careers covering, science, construction, sport, agriculture, design and media.

Construction site manager is the top-paying outdoors job, with an average salary for £44,418, followed by senior landscape architect at £36,952. Location managers for TV and film productions come in third at £34,721 a year.

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UK’s top 10 best paid outdoor jobs



Average salary


Site manager



Senior landscape architect



Location manager



Landscape foreman



Travel manager



Environmental specialist



PE teacher



Farm manager



Crew manager





Source: Indeed, June 2018

Analysis from the recruitment website also revealed that more people are interested in jobs that allow them to work outdoors, with searches for these types of jobs up by 9% in May and are currently at their highest level in two years.

Commenting on the research Bill Richards, UK managing director at Indeed says: “Our list shows a variety of outdoor roles that offer great alternatives to 9-5 desk jobs and while five of the roles are management ones, the list shows outdoors jobs aren’t just for the summer but can be solid career choices too.

“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.

He adds: “Britons love talking about the weather so while the traditional office setting is becoming less appealing to younger generations of workers, those interested in an outdoor career should keep in mind how unpredictable the elements can be.

“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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