Top 20 FTSE 100 Dividend Paying Stocks

THE INCOME INVESTOR: The largest companies in the UK source their revenues internationally, meaning your dividend stream is boosted by global economic growth

Emma Wall 13 February, 2018 | 7:54AM

Britain’s largest companies are international players. The 100 stocks in the FTSE 100 operate on a global basis, drawing 70% of their revenues from outside of the UK. For many investors too wary to invest directly in emerging markets, buying FTSE 100 listed stocks can offer access to the emerging markets growth story, but with the comfort of a level of corporate governance and transparent shareholder dealings that are upheld in developed markets.

Income continues to be the main concern for investors in the UK – both in the run up to retirement, where dividends reinvested can significantly boost total returns, and for those that have already started drawing on their pension dividends can help supplement their post-retirement income.

FTSE 100 stocks may not offer the same potential for growth as their smaller counterparts, but broadly speaking the dividends paid by these megacaps are more secure than those paid by small and medium sized companies.

Using Morningstar Direct we screened for the top 20 dividend-paying stocks in the FTSE 100. Please be aware this is a 12-month historic yield, and so is no indication of future pay-outs. New entries to the list are marked with an asterisk.

Centrica (CNA)
Yield: 9.5%
Industry: Utilities

Yield: 7.8%
Industry: Utilities

BT Group (BT.A)
Yield: 6.7%
Industry: Telecom Services

Yield: 6.6%
Industry: Steel

Marks & Spencer (MKS)
Yield: 6.5%
Industry: Department Store

Vodafone Group (VOD)
Yield: 6.5%
Industry: Telecom Services

BP (BP.)
Yield: 6.5%
Industry: Oil & Gas Integrated

Royal Dutch Shell (RDSB)
Yield: 6.4%
Industry: Oil & Gas Integrated

Imperial Brands (IMB)
Yield: 6.2%
Industry: Tobacco

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
Yield: 6.2%
Industry: Drug Manufacturer

National Grid (NG.)
Yield: 6%
Industry: Utilities

Pearson (PSON)
Yield: 5.9%
Industry: Publishing

Legal & General Group (LGEN)
Yield: 5.8%
Industry: Insurance – Life

United Utilities (UU.)
Yield: 5.7%
Industry: Utilities

Persimmon (PSN)
Yield: 5.6%
Industry: Residential Construction

Standard Life Aberdeen (SLA)*
Yield: 5.2%
Industry: Insurance – Life

Aviva (AV.)
Yield: 4.9%
Industry: Insurance

Rio Tinto (RIO)
Yield: 4.7%
Industry: Industrial Metals & Mining

Severn Trent (SVT)*
Yield: 4.7%
Industry: Utilities – Regulated Water

British Land (BLND)
Yield: 4.7%
Industry: REIT Retail


The original version of this article was published in September 2013. The data has changed significantly since then and has been updated accordingly, most recently on February 13, 2018.

Source: Morningstar Direct

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Securities Mentioned in Article
Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar
Aviva PLC482.50 GBX-0.82
BP PLC548.60 GBX0.66
British Land Co PLC636.20 GBX1.37-
BT Group PLC225.75 GBX1.87
Centrica PLC146.40 GBX0.72
EVRAZ PLC461.30 GBX-5.65-
GlaxoSmithKline PLC1,610.00 GBX1.23
Imperial Brands PLC2,983.50 GBX1.03
Legal & General Group PLC254.90 GBX-1.12-
Marks & Spencer Group PLC301.40 GBX2.13-
Pearson PLC916.00 GBX-0.11
Rio Tinto PLC3,689.50 GBX1.10
Royal Dutch Shell PLC B2,513.50 GBX1.05
Severn Trent PLC1,998.50 GBX0.35-
SSE PLC1,264.00 GBX0.52
Standard Life Aberdeen PLC316.00 GBX-0.38-
Vodafone Group PLC177.00 GBX1.13
About Author Emma Wall

Emma Wall  is Senior Editor for