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


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