The figures, from the Scottish Government statistics website, show the gross mean average weekly earnings (in GBP) for full time workers based at a workplace by council area. In other words, the rankings are based on the pay at the workplace in a given area as opposed to where people live. Here is a list of Scotland’s council areas, ranked from highest to lowest, in terms of the workplace-based earnings. No earnings data is available for East Dunbartonshire.
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Earnings: £771.70/week. The oil industry is key to Aberdeen. It has suffered in recent years but the recovery is underway. Pic: Shutterstock
Earnings: £753.50/week. The main industry historically was shipbuilding. Pic: Shutterstock
Earnings: £717.70/week. A diverse economy, ranging from electronics and software to engineering, life sciences and retail. Pictured is the UK's biggest recycling centre at Pumpherston.
Earnings: £716/week. Today's main revenue producers in Shetland are oil and gas, renewable energy and fishing and aquaculture. Pic: Shutterstock
Earnings: £714.10/week. The Capital thrives on tourism, is the nation's political centre and employs a lot of people in the insurance sector. Pic: Shutterstock
Earnings: £686.70/week. The islands enjoy an above average employment rate and industry has developed from agriculture and fishing towards manufacturing, tourism, food processing and reneweables. Pictured is Kirkwall. Pic: pixabay.com
Earnings: £684.90/week. Farming and fishing are the two big players in this part of Scotland. Pic: Shutterstock
Earnings: £679.50/week. Primary industries are retail trade and motor repair, as well as the professional, scientific and technical sectors. Pic: Shutterstock
Earnings: £663.50/week. Shipbuilding and manufacturing have gradually been replaced by growing sectors like financial services, communications, biosciences, creative industries and healthcare. Pic: Shutterstock
Earnings: £660.50/week. Stirling Castle is a big tourist draw.
Earnings: £658.50/week. Ayr is the administrative centre of South Ayrshire. Pic: Shutterstock
Earnings: £638.60/week. Clydebank, pictured, is within the West Dunbartonshire Council area. Pic: Shutterstock
Earnings: £636.40/week. Hamilton, pictured, is the administrative centre. Pic: Shutterstock
Earnings: £630.80/week. Motherwell, pictured, is the administrative centre for North Lanarkshire. Pic: Shutterstock
Earnings: £629.20/week. The public sector is a key employer in Renfrewshire's biggest town, Paisley, which is historically famous for textiles. Pic: Shutterstock
Earnings: £617.80/week. Dundee has received lots of major investment in its waterfront area, with the V&A Museum already proving a major tourism draw. Pic: Shutterstock
Earnings: £617.70/week. Pictured is Midlothian House, the main office for Midlothian Council, Dalkeith.
Earnings: £613.50/week. Elgin, pictured, is the administrative centre for the region, and whisky tourism is also a big part of the economy in this part of Scotland. Pic: Shutterstock.
Earnings: £609.10/week. The region is a big draw for tourists with its stunning landscape and the main town of Oban, pictured, is bustling in the summer months. Pic: Shutterstock
Earnings: £604.40/week. Tourism is the major industry in Scotland's biggest region by area. Inverness Castle, which will be turned from a courthouse into a major tourist destination, is pictured. Pic: Shutterstock
Earnings: £602.70/week. The council is a major employer and the wider region also depends on agriculture and tourism. Pic: Shutterstock
Earnings: £599.70/week. A mix of public and service sector jobs in the bigger towns like Kirkcaldy and Glenrothes, with fruit farming still vibrant in farming areas along with work in the golf industry, particularly St Andrews. Pic: Shutterstock
Earnings: £589.60/week. Traditional industries in this part of the world include mining, textiles and agriculture. Pic: Shutterstock
Earnings: £585/week. According to ONS data, major employers in the region today include the motor vehicle repairs trade, social work and manufacturing and construction. Pictured is Irvine. Pic: Shutterstock
Earnings: £583.40/week. The administrative headquarters is in Giffnock. Pictured is the Scottish Power visitor centre at Whitelee Farm, near Eaglesham. Pic: Shutterstock
Earnings: £582.90/week. Despite East Lothian's low ranking, there are major opportunities around the former Cockenzie Power Station site and the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal. Pictured is North Berwick. Pic: Shutterstock
Earnings: £576.70/week. Clackmannanshire is a small council area with a history of coal mining, an industry which has declined in recent decades. Pictured is Tillicoultry. Pic: Google Maps
Earnings: £573.50/week. Pictured is the Devorgilla Bridge crossing the River Nith in Dumfries. Pic: Shutterstock
Earnings: £568.30/week. Fruit farming is still a key employer in Angus. Pic: Charlton Farm, Montrose
Earnings: £553/week. The textiles industry was once booming in the Borders but there's much less of it now.
Earnings: £541.30/week. There is only a small amount of industry in this rural part of Scotland but tourism is a growing sector with such spectacular scenery on offer. Pic: Shutterstock