Big Four : Audit vs. Consultancy salary


We have analysed salary data from 504 Consultants and Auditors working in London for Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG and PWC.

Start and end your career at EY: Ernst & Young pays both its junior and senior staff the most, up to 25,000 more than some big 4 companies.

But best salary is not guaranteed between these two stages: Meaning that you have one of the best salaries as a junior employee does not mean that it?ll be the case 5 or 10 years into a career. Pay evolution seems much more volatile at these levels of experience, before stabilizing again for 15 years of Experience employees. 

Big 4 pay Consultants more than Auditors : While at the beginning of a career the gap between Audit and Consultancy is minimal (less than 5 %), it increases dramatically with experience, up to 28% for 15 years of experience professionals.

Average salaries for Big 4 firms in London

  0-5 years 5-10 years 10-15 years 15+
Deloitte 36,000 58,000 79,000 115,000
Ernst & Young 37,000 54,000 80,000 135,000
KPMG 35,000 54,000 92,000 110,000
PWC 36,000 52,000 71,000 118,000

Average salaries for Big 4 Consultants & Auditors

  Consultants Auditors
1 to 5 years 39,000 37,000
5 to 10 years 56,000 55,000
10 to 15 years 93,000 74,000
15+ 150,000 108,000


Emolument provides bonus and salary statistics based on data submitted directly by professionals like you. It is free, anonymous, and already a trusted tool for thousands of professionals worldwide. Are you paid enough? Click here to find out now.

Are you an employer?

Hire and retain the best talent with accurate and reliable data

Benchmark Your Teams


Know what you're worth

Compare your compensation with peers in your industry


Back to Top