Sneak Peak at 2011-2012 Jobs in British Archaeology: Field Officer/Project officer

Posted on May 5, 2012


This post gives a more detailed break down of the field officer / project officer position (commercial archaeology UK) in the  Jobs in British Archaeology series.

You can see the methodology here on how these numbers were collected from job postings. In total 30 job postings are represented here. As mentioned in methodology postings that don’t specify how many positions are available are counted as one. This means while 30 advertisements are used as the dataset the actual hiring was much higher.

Average pay

 £ 21,792

Lowest pay offered


Highest pay offered


* this number is unusually low. The only possible explanation is that it is for desk-based assessments and the company does not value that work as much as field work.

Here is a distribution of starting pay (lowest pay) to give you a better idea of what pay is like for this position-

15,000-15,999 1 3%
16,000,-16,999 1 3%
17,000-17,999 3 10%
18,000-18,999 4 14%
19,000-19,999 4 14%
20,000-20,999 7 24%
22,000-22,999 3 10%
23,000-23,999 3 10%
24,000-24,999 1 3%
25,000-25,999 1 3%
27,000-27,999 1 3%

What about those of us with experience?

Most of these positions have ranges of pay and the difference between the lowest, represented above, and the highest was about 17%. You can use that as a rough guide to estimate how much more you are likely to get if you have lots of experience. However the range in difference is from 6% to 41% so realize there will be outliers.