Railway wages in the mid-19th Century

I have been looking at some of the old salary registers for Wolverton in the late 1840s. Most men’s weekly age was equivalent to the cost of a daily newspaper today and if you were very well paid, such as an engine driver, yur weekly earnings would buy you a coffee at Starbucks.
However these comparisons are not very meaningful other than to show how money has become inflated over a century and a half. It is more meaningful to look at the relative incomes of the time. Currency is expressed in pounds, shillings and pence. There were 20 shillings to the pound and 12 pence to the shilling. So 10 shillings would be half a pound and 6s 8d. one-third of a pound.
Agricultural labourers in the 1840s could expect to earn 6s to 8s per week (and that was not always certain) so we can use this as a yardstick to measure Wolverton wages.
According to the registers Engine Drivers at Wolverton were paid between 6s 8d per day to 7s 10d per day so on a six day week they could expect to earn over £2. Firemen, who did the hard work of stoking the boilers were paid between 2s 8d and 4s 2d, giving a weekly income of over £1. Porters earned a weekly wage of 19s and tipping was forbidden. Policemen (i.e. men who did the signalling and point switching) were also paid 19s and their inspectors (the men in charge) paid £1 10s.
Clerical staff were much better paid. Babazon Stafford, the senior accountant earned £300 per annum and Alfred Blott, the Station Master, was paid £200 p.a. The schoolmaster, Archibald Laing, earned £100 p.a. and had a house provided. His female colleagues did less well. Emma Hassall, who taught the girls, was rewarded at £40 p.a. and Amelia Prince, the infants teacher, received a measly £30 p.a.
George Weight, the vicar, had a stipend of £50 and the Vicarage, but presumably he had other means to supplement his income.
All of this pales into insignificance beside Richard Creed, the Company Secretary, and Edward Bury, the Locomotive Superintendent, who were each paid a princely annual income of £1400 each.