Glasgow revealed as one of the cities with the highest salary for 3D Artists and Game Developers

A NEW study revealed that Game Developers, Marketing Managers and QA Testers are the professions in the video games industry earning the highest salaries. 

The study, conducted by online gaming platform Solitaired, analysed Indeed UK data for the different video games roles and ranked them according to the average annual salary for each role in the UK. 

The study also explored salaries for jobs in the video games industry in different UK cities and ranked them to find out what cities pay the most in the gaming sector. The findings show that Glasgow is the second UK city with the highest salary for 3D artists and the fifth one for game developers.

According to results, the 14 highest-paid video games jobs in the UK are: 

Ranking Job  Salary (£) 
Game Developer 43,469 
Marketing Manager 38,278 
QA tester 35,919 
3D Artist 35,828 
Game Producer 33,796 
2D Animator 33,438 
Game designer  31,584 
Writer 31,356 
3D Animator 30,721 
10 Audio engineer 29,885 
11 Market Researcher 28,685 
12 Translator 28,446 
13 Sales Representatives 26,559 
14 IT technical support officer 23,537 

According to the results of the study, Game Developers are the highest-paid job in the UK, with an average yearly salary of £43,469. 

Game Developers’ main task is to take video games designers’ ideas and concepts and write the code for the game to suit an array of different formats, such as consoles, PCs and mobiles.  

The top five cities in the UK to be a Game Developer, and their respective average annual salaries, are: 

Rank City Annual salary (£) 
London 59,940 
2 Birmingham 46,897 
Manchester 46,159 
Leeds 44,524 
Glasgow 39,948 

The findings show that Marketing Managers are the second most profitable profession in the video game sector in the UK, earning an average annual salary of £38,278.  

Taking care of the promotional aspects of the game, Marketing Managers are developing and implementing marketing strategies to meet consumer need — and maximize the companies’ financial profits. 

The top five cities in the UK to be a Marketing Manager are: 

Rank City Annual Salary (£) 
London 43,178 
2 Medway 40,000 
Nottingham 39,125 
Manchester 37,745 
Portsmouth 36,823 

With an average yearly salary of £35,919, Video Games QA Testers are the third best paid video game job in the UK. QA Testers set up plans to test video games software, finding and fixing bugs and generally improving the service.  

According to the findings, the top five cities that offer the highest salaries to QA Testers are:

Rank City  Annual Salary (£) 
1 Cambridge 46,976 
London 42,030 
Manchester 34,241 
Bristol 34,107 
Cardiff 34,040 

Earning an average of £35,828 a year, 3D artists come fourth in the ranking, and are responsible for creating three-dimensional animations and visual effects. Being one of the most common roles nowadays in films and games production, 3D artists are the fourth most paid job in the UK. 

The UK cities that pay their 3D artists the most are:  

Rank City Salary 
London 43,616 
2 Glasgow 40,004 
Newcastle upon Tyne 35,436 
Manchester  31,100 
Leicester 30,883 

With an average salary of £33,796, video games producers are the fifth highest paid professionals in the industry, according to the findings. Game producers ensure that the whole development of a game is actually implemented and achieved.

The top 5 UK cities to be a Video Game Producer are: 

Rank City  Salary 
Liverpool 38,802 
London 36,170 
Bristol 35,632 
Manchester  34,271 
Birmingham  33,628 

The research was conducted by solitaired.com, a free, browser-based card game platform with more than 500 games available to play. 

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