Are you being paid enough? Find out what your peers working in sustainability are earning

Ever wondered what other professionals in your sector are earning, but thought it unprofessional to ask? Then read on.

The latest CR and Sustainability Salary Survey, brought to you by Acre, Carnstone and Flag, asked 1,200 professionals working in the sector a variety of questions about their job satisfaction and their pay.

On average, your male and female peers are earning £67,859 and £52,201 per annum respectively.

Many of you will be pleased to hear that average salaries have risen in all regions - except if you’re in the UK and the rest of the world (beyond Europe and North America), where they have dropped (slightly). The UK average is now £55,071, compared to £56,360 in 2012.

But if you’re working in Europe (excluding the UK) you can rub your hands together smugly. Respondents here are the highest paid at £70,503 on average. Those in North America are not far behind, earning an average of £69,733.

The select few who are being paid more than £140,000 (4%, the same as in 2012), are overwhelmingly based in these two regions.

By sector, natural resources is still top with an average salary rising from £95,000 to £102,000. Following in second place is support services, and banking and finance has returned to the top five. The results aren’t so good for those in leisure, as this sector remains the lowest paid for CR and sustainability professionals.

What about specific roles? Here’s a quick breakdown:


Role, average salary

Director / Head, £132,000

Manager, £63,000

Analyst / Advisor, £39,000

Assistant/Team member, £24,000


Role, average salary

Director / Head, £132,000

Senior consultant, £63,000

Consultant / Analyst, £39,000

For the vast majority of respondents, 90%, their current role was not their first job. On average respondents had been in employment for nearly 14 years and nearly 70% had previously worked in CR or sustainability.

As the survey participation increases over time (it has already jumped from 280 back in 2007 to 1,200 in 2014) Acre hopes to include regional average salaries and bonuses for South America, Africa, Australasia and Asia.

The results of the survey will be unveiled at the Salary Survey results launch event in London on 8 April 2014 from 6-8pm. If you are interested in attending, please email

The full report will be available here as from 9 April 2014.

Let us know your thoughts. How do you measure up? Do the results surprise you?