I'm afraid the mode wouldn't actually be too meaningful - the median does actually serve the purpose you require though.smokedout said:just to add for all the talk of median and mean
the most relevent analysis for me is the mode
that is the average salary that is most frequently reported, ie, what most people are actually earning, a statistic rarely recorded, i cant find it anywhere, but one which would show what the most comment average salary in the uk is without it being skwed in any way by the super rich/rich/upper middle class class
i would guess that this figure would be significantly lower than the figures posted
because commen sense says to me that more people work in supermarkets and as busdrivers than earn 25k
notice blagsta hasnt anwsered yet, whats the betting his out on the piss spending his poverty wages
It would be very hard to calculate and might give some funny answer far removed from a sensible "average", just because a cluster of people happened to earn that figure.
Modes can be calculated for things like number of bedrooms people have or number of cars per household or number of toes people have, but with pay people very often earn "odd" numbers, like £17,261.29 - certainly this is the case with my old work where you get the 3.5% annual rise to the penny. There might be no-one else in the entire country on this but twenty thousand people getting exactly £60,000.00. Probably not but you get the picture.
Modes would work I suppose if you bracketed pay and looked at number earning £12-13k, £13-14 etc