Perhaps you’re thinking of getting a job in the NHS, or maybe you already work for the NHS. Either way it’s useful to know exactly how much you should get paid for a particular job.

The table below shows you all the pay scales for NHS staff, from clinical secretaries, to nurses, to NHS managers. It also allows you to see how much you’ll earn when you get your annual increment (pay rise).


 NHS Pay Scales 2012/13

Band 1 Band 2 Band 3 Band 4 Band 5 Band 6 Band 7 Band 8 Band 9
Range A Range B Range C Range D
14,153 14,153 16,110 18,652 21,176 25,528 30,460 38,851 45,254 54,454 65,270 77,079
14,508 14,508 16,645 19,077 21,798 26,556 31,454 40,157 46,621 55,945 67,134 80,810
14,864 14,864 17,253 19,750 22,676 27,625 32,573 41,772 48,983 58,431 69,932 84,688
15,279 17,618 20,433 23,589 28,470 34,189 43,388 51,718 61,167 73,351 88,753
15,694 18,104 21,054 24,554 29,464 35,184 45,254 54,454 65,270 77,079 93,014
16,110 18,652 21,176 25,528 30,460 36,303 46,621 55,945 67,134 80,810 97,478
16,645 19,077 21,798 26,556 31,454 37,545
17,253 27,625 32,573 38,851
34,189 40,157

Since March 2011, all NHS staff earning over £21,000 have had their pay frozen (you still get your annual increment as this is part of your contract).

The pay freeze is due to end in 2013, when the NHS pay scales shown above should be updated.

 

High cost area supplements:

If you work in London, then the NHS pay scales are slightly different. NHS staff in London get a supplement to their pay, as shown below:

Area Level (1 April 2010)
Inner London 20% of basic salary, subject to a minimum payment of £4,036 and a maximum payment of £6,217
Outer London 15% of basic salary, subject to a minimum payment of £3,414 and a maximum payment of £4,351
Fringe 5% of basic salary, subject to a minimum payment of £933 and a maximum payment of £1,616

 

Staff Benefits

Don’t forget that if you work for the NHS, you get a whole host of staff benefits:

  • A great pension scheme – The NHS Pension Scheme is one of the most generous in the UK. Each new member of staff automatically becomes a member and gets an excellent package of pension benefits, protected against inflation and guaranteed by the government.
  • A starting holiday entitlement of 27 days per year, plus eight general and public holidays. The holiday entitlement increases to 33 days after ten years’ service.
  • NHS staff also receive discounts in many high street shops and restaurants.