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NHS Pay Calculator for Nurses & Healthcare Staff. How much will you be paid? Shows take-home pay after tax and pension.

Please note, our calculator includes the NHS pay rise announced in May 2023.

Your NHS Band

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Your Experience

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Take Home
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  • £{{this.formatCurrency(takeHome / 12)}} per month
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Types of NHS Pay Bands

The NHS Pay Bands referred to within our NHS pay calculator are part of a system that was introduced to structure salaries within the NHS in a transparent way.

The different bandings are introduced at different stages in a Nurse’s career, starting from Band 5.

Within each banding, salaries increase with every year of service until the top of the banding is reached. Thereafter, higher salaries are only achievable by moving on to a higher banding, which is normally possible through further qualifications and applying for a more senior position.

  • Band 5 salaries are offered to newly registered Nurses, and the current starting salary is £28,407.With 2-4 years’ experience, a Band 5 Nurse will earn £30,639, and the most a Nurse can earn in this banding is £32,934
  • Band 6 salaries are offered typically to Senior Nurses, Health Visitors and other specialists, and the starting salary at this banding is £35,392. This rises to £42,618 for Nurses with more than 5 years’ experience
  • Band 7 salaries are often offered to roles like Ward Managers, Emergency Nurse Practitioners and other specialists. Salaries in this banding start at £43,742 and rise to £50,056 for anyone with more than 5 years of experience
  • Band 8 and 9 salaries are for exceptionally senior and consultant level Nurses – like Modern Matrons and Chief Nurses. Band 8a roles start at £50,952, but at Band 8d, can rise to £96,376 a year.Meanwhile, Band 9 roles start at £99,891, and rise to more than £114,949 a year with 5 years or more experience.

NHS salary calculator FAQs

What’s the minimum a qualified Nurse will earn?

The starting salary for a newly qualified Nurse is currently a Band 5 salary, which pays £28,407 a year.

Do salaries within the NHS pay bands increase each year?

As is the case with other public sector workers, annual pay increases for professionals at every level are normally introduced but are hotly debated. Over the last few years, pay increases have normally amounted to somewhere between 3% and 5%.

Does the NHS Pay calculator take into account deductions like pensions and tax?

The calculator is a flexible tool that is able to show you both your ‘gross’ pay as well as your ‘take-home’ pay.

That means you can see not just your total remuneration but also what you’re likely to earn each month or each week – and how much you will pay in tax and pension payments.

How do I move into a higher banding?

Moving into a higher banding is all about qualifications and experience.

A Band 6 role, for example, might be something like a Senior Nurse or a Health Visitor. And in both of those cases, the difference from being a new qualified Nurse is experience and qualifications.

So moving up the bandings demands more study – perhaps through a Master’s course or similar – or gaining experience within different specialisms or care settings.

As you accumulate this extra experience, you’ll harness your employability, and you’ll be able to apply for roles specifically advertised within higher bandings.

It’s also important to note that simply gaining experience within the same role won’t necessarily equip you for that move into a higher banding. In most cases, you’ll need to show new skills gained in a different context.

Is the NHS salary calculator updated each year?

Our NHS calculator is updated as soon as new pay rise deals are fully confirmed.

This process can be a little confusing, because pay deals are sometimes announced but then delayed because unions refuse to accept them.

But once formally confirmed, we update all of our figures immediately to ensure you can calculate an accurate indication of your expected salary.

What’s the most an NHS Nurse can earn?

Exceptionally qualified and experienced consultant-level Nurses can earn in excess of £100,000 a year at Band 9 or above.

These roles are relatively scarce of course, but it’s a level that is reachable.

How much do Nurses earn in the private sector compared to the NHS?

Pay in the private sector is unregulated, so an accurate comparison is difficult.

Anecdotally, private sector Nurses may earn slightly more than equivalent NHS Nurses. However, benefits tend to be better within the NHS than in the private sector.

It’s also worth noting that many major private hospitals benchmark Nurse salaries against the NHS, so in many cases salaries aren’t that different.

It makes sense to view every single role, in or outside of the NHS, on its own merit.

More information about UK nursing pay

Go to our Nursing Pay Guide for more information about nursing salary & NHS pay scale and bands as well as the one-off payment awarded as part of the 2023 pay rise.

About our Pay Calculator

We have used the most reliable sources available to build our NHS Pay Calculator, and fact-checked them. Of course, your personal situation may change some outcomes so please check with your employer. Do contact us if you feel we could improve the information on this page.