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Nursery Nurse Average Salary in United Kingdom 2023

How much money does a Nursery Nurse make in United Kingdom?

Average Yearly Salary
30,600 GBP
( 2,550 GBP monthly)


A person working as a Nursery Nurse in United Kingdom typically earns around 30,600 GBP per year. Salaries range from 15,900 GBP (lowest) to 46,900 GBP (highest).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Nursery Nurse salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Nursery Nurse Salary Distribution in United Kingdom

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

  • Salary Range

    Nursery Nurse salaries in United Kingdom range from 15,900 GBP per year (minimum salary) to 46,900 GBP per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 29,400 GBP per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Nursery Nurse(s) are earning less than 29,400 GBP while the other half are earning more than 29,400 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 Nursery Nurse(s) are earning less than 20,400 GBP while 75% of them are earning more than 20,400 GBP. Also from the diagram, 75% of Nursery Nurse(s) are earning less than 36,600 GBP while 25% are earning more than 36,600 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

Nursery Nurse Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience yearly United Kingdom Nursery Nurse
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Nursery Nurse salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Nursery Nurse with less than two years of experience makes approximately 18,100 GBP per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 24,300 GBP per year, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 31,600 GBP per year, 30% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

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.

Additionally, Nursery Nurse(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 38,200 GBP per year, 21% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 41,800 GBP per year, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 43,900 GBP per year, 5% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Nursery Nurse average salary change by experience in United Kingdom

0 - 2 Years
18,100 GBP
2 - 5 Years+34%
24,300 GBP
5 - 10 Years+30%
31,600 GBP
10 - 15 Years+21%
38,200 GBP
15 - 20 Years+9%
41,800 GBP
20+ Years+5%
43,900 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Nursery Nurse Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Nursery Nurse(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

Salary comparison by education level yearly United Kingdom Nursery Nurse
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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Nursery Nurse salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a Nursery Nurse is 22,700 GBP per year.

While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 41,000 GBP per year, 80% more than someone having a Certificate or Diploma degree.

Nursery Nurse average salary difference by education level in United Kingdom

Certificate or Diploma
22,700 GBP
Bachelor's Degree+80%
41,000 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Nursery Nurse Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly United Kingdom Nursery Nurse
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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 Nursery Nurse employees in United Kingdom earn 4% less than their female counterparts on average.

30,000 GBP
31,300 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in United Kingdom for all Careers

Salary comparison by gender yearly United Kingdom
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Nursery Nurse Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United Kingdom

How much are annual salary increments in United Kingdom for Nursery Nurse(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Nursery Nurse

Nursery Nurse(s) in United Kingdom are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 15 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate United Kingdom Nursery Nurse
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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 2022

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in United Kingdom for the year 2022. 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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Nursery Nurse Bonus and Incentive Rates in United Kingdom

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate United Kingdom Nursery Nurse
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A Nursery Nurse is considered to be a low bonus-based job 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.

71% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 29% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 1% to 3% 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.

Nursery Nurse Average Hourly Wage in United Kingdom

15 GBP per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United Kingdom is 15 GBP. This means that the average Nursery Nurse in United Kingdom earns approximately 15 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.

Nursery Nurse VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Nursery Nurse and Care Giving and Child Care yearly United Kingdom
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The average salary for Nursery Nurse is 43% less than that of Care Giving and Child Care. Also, Care Giving and Child Care salaries are 25% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Activity Assistant25,100 GBP-18%
Advice Worker29,300 GBP-4%
Care Manager88,300 GBP+190%
Care Worker25,300 GBP-17%
Child Care Assistant Director63,600 GBP+110%
Child Care Specialist103,000 GBP+240%
Child Care Teacher29,200 GBP-5%
Child Development Center Assistant41,100 GBP+34%
Child Development Specialist102,000 GBP+230%
Child Life Specialist95,200 GBP+210%
Child Protection Officer33,000 GBP+8%
Child Psychotherapist112,000 GBP+270%
Clinical Care Coordinator32,200 GBP+5%
Custodian47,600 GBP+55%
Day Care Director121,000 GBP+300%
Elderly Care Giver24,600 GBP-20%
Group Home Manager128,000 GBP+320%
Kids Activity Assistant24,300 GBP-21%
Live In Carer27,500 GBP-10%
Nanny28,700 GBP-6%
Nursery Nurse30,600 GBP-0%
Nursery Teacher27,200 GBP-11%
Nursing Home Administrator39,000 GBP+27%
Personal Assistant23,100 GBP-25%
Physical Health and Wellness Specialist105,000 GBP+240%
Preschool Education Coordinator48,000 GBP+57%
Primary Therapist75,800 GBP+150%
Psychiatric Aide35,900 GBP+17%
Rehabilitation Counselor92,300 GBP+200%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Aberdeen32,400 GBP
Abingdon27,200 GBP
Armagh30,500 GBP
Bangor28,400 GBP
Belfast34,000 GBP
Birmingham34,800 GBP
Bradford34,800 GBP
Brighton32,200 GBP
Bristol36,100 GBP
Cambridge29,500 GBP
Canterbury29,100 GBP
Cardiff33,400 GBP
Chester28,600 GBP
Coventry35,000 GBP
Derby32,400 GBP
Derry29,000 GBP
Dundee29,900 GBP
Durham29,900 GBP
Edinburgh35,000 GBP
Exeter30,000 GBP
Glasgow34,200 GBP
Gloucester31,200 GBP
Hartlepool29,100 GBP
Inverness28,800 GBP
Kingston upon Hull34,800 GBP
Kirkwall26,500 GBP
Leeds35,000 GBP
Leicester35,600 GBP
Lincoln30,500 GBP
Lisburn29,600 GBP
Liverpool36,600 GBP
London35,500 GBP
Manchester36,300 GBP
Newcastle33,100 GBP
Newport32,000 GBP
Newry29,100 GBP
Norwich31,900 GBP
Nottingham33,500 GBP
Oxford32,900 GBP
Peterborough31,700 GBP
Plymouth34,300 GBP
Poole30,800 GBP
Portsmouth33,700 GBP
Ripon27,700 GBP
Salisbury30,100 GBP
Sheffield35,000 GBP
Somerset35,300 GBP
Southampton34,100 GBP
St Davids26,500 GBP
Stirling30,100 GBP
Stromness26,200 GBP
Strontian27,300 GBP
Swansea33,300 GBP
Truro28,200 GBP
Wakefield28,000 GBP
Wells27,600 GBP
Winchester27,400 GBP
Wolverhampton33,000 GBP
York30,500 GBP

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
England61,200 GBP
Northern Ireland29,400 GBP
Scotland43,000 GBP
Wales29,100 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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