Hotel managers are amongst the happiest workers in the nation, according to a new government survey into job satisfaction.
They are ranked ninth on a list of 274 job categories, which highlights hotel and accommodation managers and owners receive an average annual salary of £32,470.
Meanwhile, publicans, who earn an average annual salary of £25,222, are the least satisfied workers, being ranked 274 at the bottom of the list.
The most up-beat profession, says the survey, is the clergy, despite an average salary of only £20,568. Following close behind are chief executives (average salary: £117,700), managers and proprietors in agriculture and horticulture (£31,721), company secretaries (£18,176), and quality assurance and regulatory professionals (£42,898).
Other hospitality professionals don't fare as well as hotel managers, with restaurant managers coming in at number 204, chefs at 209 and waiters and waitresses at 244.
The government has compiled the survey as part of its commitment to boost the wellbeing of the nation. It believes the public should have access to information on the relationship between the salary and the satisfaction associated with a career.
Below are the rankings of hospitality professions, together with their mean income:
9. Hotel and accommodation managers and proprietors £32,470
200. Cooks £11,346
204, Restaurant and catering establishment managers and proprietors £23,402
206. Catering and bar managers £17,934
209. Chefs £17,394
230. Kitchen and catering assistants £8,865
244. Waiters and waitresses £7,651
266. Bar staff £7,317
274. Publicans and managers of licensed premises £25,222