What Mortgage Can You Get on Your Salary?

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Home Mortgage Affordability What Mortgage Can You Get On Your Salary?

Author: Pete Mugleston

Mortgage Advisor, MD

Reviewer: Nathan Porter

Independent Mortgage Advisor

Updated: March 11, 2024

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March 11, 2024

We’ll explain how to calculate how much you could borrow for a mortgage and how mortgage lenders assess affordability

Calculating how much you could borrow

Most mortgage lenders will consider lending 4 or 4.5 times a borrower’s income, so long as you meet their affordability criteria. In some cases, you could find lenders willing to go up to 5 times income, or even 6 times income under the right circumstances.

Those who wish to borrow based on higher income multiples usually need to speak to a mortgage broker to find a specialist lender.

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Use this calculator to determine how much you could potentially borrow for a mortgage, based on the typical salary multiples used by most UK lenders.

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Most lenders would consider letting you borrow

This is based on 4.5 times your household income, the standard calculation used by the majority of mortgage providers. To borrow more than this, you will need to use a mortgage broker to access specialist lenders.

Some lenders would consider letting you borrow

This is based on 5 times your household income, a salary multiple you might struggle to qualify for without the help of a broker. This income multiple is not widely available to customers who are applying directly with a lender.

A minority of lenders would consider letting you borrow

This is based on 6 times your household income, a salary multiple you will struggle to get without a broker. Six-times salary mortgages are usually only available under very specific circumstances.

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  • You need to borrow more than 4.5 times your annual income
  • You are only using one income on your application
  • You earn income through sources such as Benefits, Commission or Rental income
  • You consider yourself to be on ‘low’ income

If one or more of the above apply to you, it’s important to get expert advice before making an application. The right broker can help maximise your chances of approval based on your circumstance.

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How much can you borrow on £12k a year?

Take a look at the chart below to see how much you could borrow with an annual income of £12,000 per year. For comparison purposes, we have included other salaries in this ballpark.

As you can see, even a slightly higher salary can make a big difference:

Salary 4.5 Times Income 5 Times Income 6 Times Income
£12,000 £54,000 £60,000 £72,000
£14,000 £63,000 £70,000 £84,000
£16,000 £72,000 £80,000 £96,000
£18,000 £81,000 £90,000 £108,000

This chart is for comparative purposes only and we recommend that you contact your lender or broker for the most up-to-date information for your circumstances.

£20K to 28K per year

The table below shows example calculations for maximum borrowing based on salaries between £20,000 and £28,000 per year.

Salary 4.5 Times Income 5 Times Income 6 Times Income
£20,000 £90,000 £100,000 £120,000
£22,000 £99,000 £110,000 £132,000
£24,000 £108,000 £120,000 £144,000
£26,000 £117,000 £130,000 £156,000
£28,000 £126,000 £140,000 £168,000

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£30k to £34K per year

The table below shows example calculations for maximum borrowing based on salaries between £30,000 and £34,000 per year.

Salary 4.5 Times Income 5 Times Income 6 Times Income
£30,000 £135,000 £150,000 £180,000
£32,000 £144,000 £160,000 £192,000
£34,000 £153,000 £170,000 £204,000

£35K to 39K per year

The table below shows example calculations for maximum borrowing based on salaries between £35,000 and £39,000 per year.

Salary 4.5 Times Income 5 Times Income 6 Times Income
£35,000 £157,000 £175,000 £210,000
£37,000 £166,500 £185,000 £222,000
£39,000 £175,500 £195,000 £234,000

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£40k to £48k per year

If you want to buy a house with a £40,000-to-£48,000 salary, and can meet lender’s affordability criteria, the following table will give you a guide as to how much you may be able to borrow on a mortgage.

Salary 4.5 Times Income 5 Times Income 6 Times Income
£40,000 £180,000 £200,000 £240,000
£42,000 £189,000 £210,000 £252,000
£44,000 £198,000 £220,000 £264,000
£46,000 £207,000 £230,000 £276,000
£48,000 £216,000 £240,000 £288,000

£50K to £60k per year

The table below shows example calculations for maximum borrowing based on salaries between £50,000 and £60,000 per year.

Salary 4.5 Times Income 5 Times Income 6 Times Income
£50,000 £225,000 £250,000 £300,000
£52,000 £234,000 £260,000 £312,000
£44,000 £198,000 £220,000 £264,000
£54,000 £243,000 £270,000 £324,000
£56,000 £252,000 £280,000 £336,000
£58,000 £261,000 £290,000 £348,000
£60,000 £270,000 £300,000 £360,000

£70k to £95k per year

The table below shows example calculations for maximum borrowing based on salaries between £70,000 and £95,000 per year.

Salary 4.5 Times Income 5 Times Income 6 Times Income
£70,000 £315,000 £350,000 £420,000
£75,000 £337,500 £375,000 £450,000
£80,000 £360,000 £400,000 £480,000
£85,000 £382,500 £425,000 £510,000
£90,000 £405,000 £450,000 £540,000
£95,000 £427,500 £475,000 £570,000

£100k to £200K per year

The table below shows example calculations for maximum borrowing based on salaries between £100,000 and £200,000 per year.

Salary 4.5 Times Income 5 Times Income 6 Times Income
£100,000 £450,000 £500,000 £600,000
£110,000 £495,000 £550,000 £660,000
£115,000 £517,500 £575,000 £690,000
£120,000 £540,000 £600,000 £720,000
£130,000 £585,000 £650,000 £780,000
£140,000 £630,000 £700,000 £840,000
£150,000 £675,000 £750,000 £900,000
£200,000 £900,000 £1,000,000 £1,200,000

These tables give you an at-a-glance guide to the amount you might be able to borrow on your salary.

If you earn £250,000 or more, the same multiples will apply so simply multiply your salary by 4, 4.5 or 6 to find out the kind of mortgage you may be able to borrow against your earnings.

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How much can you borrow with a joint salary?

Many borrowers apply for a joint mortgage with another applicant, whether that be a partner, relative or friend, which means that more than one income can be taken into consideration when calculating affordability.

For example, if two people applied for a mortgage and they both earned £20,000 a year, the lender would calculate their overall annual salary as £40,000. If the lender agreed to loan the pair 5 x this amount, they could borrow £200,000.

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FAQs

Most mortgage lenders don’t specific a minimum income requirement. As we’ve discussed throughout this article, the amount you need to borrow would usually need to be no more than 4.5-5 times the annual salary of all the applicants who will be named on the mortgage combined.

If your total income falls short of this, keep in mind that a mortgage broker could find you a flexible lender who offers up to 6 times salary mortgages or allows applicants to declare supplemental income, such as benefits, investments and freelance work on the side.

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About the author

Pete, an expert in all things mortgages, cut his teeth right in the middle of the credit crunch. With plenty of people needing help and few mortgage providers lending, Pete found great success in going the extra mile to find mortgages for people whom many others considered lost causes. The experience he gained, coupled with his love of helping people reach their goals, led him to establish Online Mortgage Advisor, with one clear vision – to help as many customers as possible get the right advice, regardless of need or background.

Pete’s presence in the industry as the ‘go-to’ for specialist finance continues to grow, and he is regularly cited in and writes for both local and national press, as well as trade publications, with a regular column in Mortgage Introducer and being the exclusive mortgage expert for LOVEMoney. Pete also writes for Online Mortgage Advisor of course!

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