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Nursing Average Salaries in United Kingdom 2020

How much money does a person working in Nursing make in United Kingdom?

Average Yearly Salary
68,600 GBP
( 5,710 GBP monthly)


A person working in Nursing in United Kingdom typically earns around 68,600 GBP per year. Salaries range from 44,000 GBP (lowest average) to 132,000 GBP (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different Nursing careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Acute Care Nurse67,800 GBP
Assistant Director of Nursing98,300 GBP
Case Manager83,400 GBP
Company Nurse46,300 GBP
Critical Care Nurse66,700 GBP
District Nurse58,300 GBP
Head Nurse66,000 GBP
Home Nurse54,800 GBP
ICU Registered Nurse59,200 GBP
Informatics Nurse Specialist62,000 GBP
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)57,700 GBP
MDS Coordinator65,600 GBP
Mental Health Nurse62,500 GBP
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner78,600 GBP
Nurse54,500 GBP
Nurse Midwife67,400 GBP
Nurse Practitioner72,000 GBP
Nursing Assistant48,900 GBP
Nursing Coordinator65,800 GBP
Nursing Director136,000 GBP
Nursing Services Instructor67,300 GBP
Nursing Supervisor83,500 GBP
Occupational Health Advisor103,000 GBP
Occupational Therapist94,600 GBP
Personal Support Worker46,400 GBP
Psychiatric Nurse53,200 GBP
Registered Nurse59,700 GBP
Respiratory Manager108,000 GBP
School Nurse51,500 GBP
Staff Nurse57,400 GBP
Theatre Manager98,200 GBP
Utilization Review Nurse61,300 GBP

Nursing Jobs Salary Distribution in United Kingdom

Median and salary distribution yearly United Kingdom Nursing
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Nursing salaries in United Kingdom range from 44,000 GBP per year (minimum average salary) to 132,000 GBP per year (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 74,100 GBP per year, which means that half (50%) of people working in Nursing are earning less than 74,100 GBP while the other half are earning more than 74,100 GBP. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of people working in Nursing are earning less than 53,100 GBP while 75% of them are earning more than 53,100 GBP. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Nursing are earning less than 111,000 GBP while 25% are earning more than 111,000 GBP.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage.

Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.

Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.

Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.

Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Nursing Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly United Kingdom Nursing
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male employees in United Kingdom who work in Nursing earn 5% less than their female counterparts on average.

66,900 GBP
70,200 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in United Kingdom for all Careers

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Nursing Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United Kingdom

How much are annual salary increments in United Kingdom for Nursing professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?


Nursing professionals in United Kingdom are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 18 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate United Kingdom Nursing
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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

United Kingdom / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in United Kingdom is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in United Kingdom for the year 2019. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Nursing Bonus and Incentive Rates in United Kingdom

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate United Kingdom Nursing
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Nursing is considered to be a moderate bonus-based field due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

41% of surveyed staff in Nursing reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 59% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 2% to 7% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Nursing Hourly Average Wage in United Kingdom

33 GBP per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United Kingdom is 33 GBP. This means that the average person in United Kingdom earns approximately 33 GBP for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Nursing VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Nursing and Health and Medical yearly United Kingdom
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The average salary for Nursing is 35% less than that of Health and Medical. Also, Health and Medical salaries are 49% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Aberdeen69,000 GBP
Abingdon64,000 GBP
Armagh68,300 GBP
Bangor60,500 GBP
Belfast72,400 GBP
Birmingham82,000 GBP
Bradford77,800 GBP
Brighton75,700 GBP
Bristol80,800 GBP
Cambridge69,400 GBP
Canterbury65,200 GBP
Cardiff74,800 GBP
Chester67,400 GBP
Coventry78,300 GBP
Derby76,200 GBP
Derry65,000 GBP
Dundee67,000 GBP
Durham66,900 GBP
Edinburgh74,500 GBP
Exeter70,600 GBP
Glasgow76,600 GBP
Gloucester69,900 GBP
Hartlepool68,500 GBP
Inverness61,200 GBP
Kingston upon Hull78,000 GBP
Kirkwall59,200 GBP
Leeds82,400 GBP
Leicester79,600 GBP
Lincoln71,700 GBP
Lisburn63,000 GBP
Liverpool81,900 GBP
London83,400 GBP
Manchester81,300 GBP
Newcastle77,800 GBP
Newport68,100 GBP
Newry65,200 GBP
Norwich71,300 GBP
Nottingham78,700 GBP
Oxford73,600 GBP
Peterborough74,400 GBP
Plymouth76,700 GBP
Poole72,400 GBP
Portsmouth75,400 GBP
Ripon65,200 GBP
Salisbury67,500 GBP
Sheffield82,200 GBP
Somerset79,100 GBP
Southampton76,400 GBP
St Davids59,300 GBP
Stirling64,000 GBP
Stromness58,700 GBP
Strontian58,100 GBP
Swansea70,900 GBP
Truro66,200 GBP
Wakefield62,600 GBP
Wells58,700 GBP
Winchester61,400 GBP
Wolverhampton70,200 GBP
York68,200 GBP

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
England130,000 GBP
Northern Ireland62,600 GBP
Scotland96,200 GBP
Wales65,100 GBP

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in United Kingdom earn 4% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
69,500 GBP
Public Sector+4%
72,600 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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