Company bosses have seen their pay surge by £9,481 to stand at £171,509 on average, a study by the union GMB has found.
The figures - comparing 2005 with 2004 - still rate directors and chief executives as topping the UK salary league.
Second on the list were medical practitioners with average earnings of £81,744, an increase of £13,849, followed by brokers on £80,233.
That represented an increase of £9,481 over 2004.
At the other end of the salary league table were leisure and theme park attendants with average earnings of £10,420 - a drop of £1, 272 on 2004 and down to the national minimum wage, the GMB said. The data comes from a study of gross salaries for all 340 occupational groups.