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What can you earn with CIMA?

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There are many benefits to studying for a CIMA qualification, from learning real-life skills and competencies to becoming more attractive to employers. A CIMA qualification will also considerably boost your earning potential, even whilst you are still studying and you’ll see your salary increase as you move through the qualification.

According to research carried out by CIMA, qualified CIMA members in the UK were earning more than twice the UK national average at £62,791 per annum, excluding bonuses, in 2015.

With CIMA you’ll also earn whilst you learn, and students earned an average salary of £33,031 excluding bonuses last year. Your earning potential will increase as you progress through the qualification, and the graph below shows how much you could expect to earn at each level.

How much you can earn when studying for the CIMA qualification

As you progress through CIMA you’ll be equipped with the skills needed to advance in today’s ever changing business landscape, and you can expect your career to be opened up to a host of different opportunities. Here are just some of the job roles you could expect to hold at each level:


  • Finance or Business Analyst
  • Accounts Assistant
  • Management accountant


  • Finance manager
  • Financial controller

Kaplan have a comprehensive range of CIMA courses that we’re confident will guide you towards CIMA success and these higher salary figures. If you’re at the start of your CIMA journey, our flexible Certificate Level courses can be started at any time with Computer Based Assessments held throughout the year. Professional Level courses start every 3 months and give you the option to complete a level in 6, 9 or 12 months. This means you have the option to fast track through if you want to complete a level sooner, so your earning potential could increase even faster than you think.

Source: CIMA Salary Survey 2015, UK