Tube stop salaries: how an underground map can reveal your income and top places to work

Maria Sergeeva
January 12, 2018

Tell me at what station you work and I will tell you your salary. You might be surprised to find out how much your daily movements can tell about your habits, your revenue and even your income.

Adzuna, a jobs website, decided to analyze this correlation in order to find out the average salary along underground lines crossing London and to prompt where to search for the best-payed job.

The study might be useful if you consider moving to London for a job but also might be applied to other big cities.

This new research is based  on almost 250,000 vacancies across the capital.

The top ten list of highest paying tube stations are all found in Zone 1, with average salaries around Barbican, Monument, Bank, Cannon Street and St. Paul’s all topping £50k, reveals the study.

Advertised salaries for vacancies near zone 1 stations paid £45,982 on average – £13k more than jobs near Zone 2 tube stops, which had a combined average salary of £32,611.

Salaries near tube stop generally get lower the further out of the centre, with Zone 8 stations providing the only exception.

The lowest paying tube stop meanwhile is Uxbridge (£21,786), with Hounslow Central / Hounslow West (both £22,437) and Elm Park (£22,565) also paying poorly.

 Waterloo & City Line is Top of the Tubes

The high number of well-paid jobs around Bank helps make Waterloo & City the most lucrative line, despite vacancies around Waterloo have a relatively modest £27,443 average salary.

The Circle line, which counts Westminster, Embankment and Monument on its route is the second-highest tube line with average salaries of £47,738, while the Central (£46,375) and District (£44,213) lines also pay handsomely.

At the other end of the scale jobs along the Victoria line – serving the likes of Brixton, Green Park and King’s Cross – are worth £29,056, while the Metropolitan line fares little better at £31,927.

According to various studies, London is often picked ahead of New York and Paris as the world’s most desirable city in which to work, so many people. Now you could decide  will your overpriced central apartment  ever turn out to have been worth it.

Hop up the payscale

Commenting on the findings, Adzuna co-founder Doug Monro noted how a top salary often comes down to location: “Jobseekers hoping for a hop up the pay scale can pinpoint better-paid positions by looking at location. Roles in central London typically come hand-in-hand with more money, with positions near tube stops Barbican, Monument and Bank proving most lucrative. But there are some exceptions for workers reluctant to commute – if you know where to look.

The Elizabeth Line, due to launch a year from now, will connect one of these high-paid hotspots – Canary Wharf – to other areas of London. The route will link Woolwich in the south, Reading in the west and Brentwood in the east to Canary Wharf, simplifying the journey to the financial district for thousands of city commuters.
Londoners love to argue about whose tube line is the best, and in terms of pay the Waterloo & City Line takes top place in the commuting charts, with the Circle and Central Lines following close behind. Meanwhile, Victoria Line commuters may boast of frequent tubes and a speedy service, but this research conclusively shows jobs located along the Victoria Line route offer the lowest pay, proving the Victoria Line is not where the money is.