• 16 June 2020
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A Nurse’s Guide To NHS Pay Bands In 2020

  • Matt Farrah
    Co-Founder - Nurses.co.uk, Socialcare.co.uk, Healthjobs.co.uk, Healthcarejobs.ie
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"A brief guide to the pay on offer within each banding as of April 2020."

If you’ve ever wondered how the NHS pay bands compare with one another, here is a brief guide to how your responsibilities will change, along with your pay.

Topics covered in this article

NHS pay for Nurses is structured around different bandings

Band 5 salaries and roles

Band 6 salaries and roles

Band 7 salaries and roles

Bands 8 and 9

What will you earn?

NHS pay for Nurses is structured around different bandings

Newly qualified, NMC registered Nurses start at Band 5, and the most qualified and experienced nursing consultants and specialists can climb all the way to the uppermost pay band, which is band 9.

Within each banding, different levels of pay are on offer according to experience.

And movement between bandings can come with enough experience and further study, allowing Nurses to apply for more senior roles.

Here’s a brief guide to the pay on offer within each banding as of April 2020, and the typical job titles found within each banding.

Band 5 salaries and roles

Band 5 nursing roles apply to newly qualified Nurses.

As of April 2020, the starting salary for a Band 5 Nurse is £24,907 a year.

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With 2-4 years’ experience, a Band 5 Nurse will earn £26,970, and the very top of this banding pays £30,615.

Band 6 salaries and roles

Band 6 Nursing roles typically include Senior Nurses, Deputy Ward Managers, Health Visitors and various specialist Nurses.

Band 6 roles start at £31,365, and rise to £37,890 for Nurses with more than 7 years of experience.

It’s important to note that all roles at Band 6 and above will require increasingly specialised skills, qualifications and experience.

Band 7 salaries and roles

Band 7 Nursing roles include Ward Managers, Emergency Nurse Practitioners and clinical specialists.

Band 7 roles start at £38,890 and rise to £44,503 for anyone with more than 7 years of experience.

At this level, it’s likely that highly specialised knowledge will be essential for securing a position – which will probably come from a Master’s degree.

Experience is vital too, as Band 7 roles tend to come with a great deal of responsibility.

Bands 8 and 9

At the very top of NHS nursing banding there are only a few types of roles that qualify.

Band 8 and 9 roles normally only apply to Modern Matrons, Chief Nurses and Consultants.

Band 8 roles start at £45,753, but at Band 8D, can rise to £87,754 a year.

Meanwhile, Band 9 roles start at £91,004, and rise to more than £100,000 a year.

At this level, your role is increasingly consultative.

You’re an expert in your field, and you help to educate others.

What will you earn?

If you’re looking to start a career as a Nurse or move into a new role in a higher banding, you can work out exactly what you’ll earn using our handy pay calculator.

About the author

  • Matt Farrah
    Co-Founder - Nurses.co.uk, Socialcare.co.uk, Healthjobs.co.uk, Healthcarejobs.ie

I studied English before moving into publishing in the mid 90s. I co-founded this and our other three sites in 2008. I wanted to provide a platform that gives a voice to those working in health and social care. I'm fascinated, generally, by the career choices we all make. But I'm especially interested in the stories told by those who choose to spend their life supporting others. They are mostly positive and life-affirming stories, despite the considerable challenges and burdens faced.

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About the author

  • Matt Farrah
    Co-Founder - Nurses.co.uk, Socialcare.co.uk, Healthjobs.co.uk, Healthcarejobs.ie

I studied English before moving into publishing in the mid 90s. I co-founded this and our other three sites in 2008. I wanted to provide a platform that gives a voice to those working in health and social care. I'm fascinated, generally, by the career choices we all make. But I'm especially interested in the stories told by those who choose to spend their life supporting others. They are mostly positive and life-affirming stories, despite the considerable challenges and burdens faced.

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    • John C 2 months ago
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    • John C
      2 months ago

      I work as a nurse Matt and you're right a lot of people do it for the love and not ... read more

      • From my experience of talking to nurses John, I don't think they can become something else - not tougher etc. Otherwise they will lose what it is that makes them who they are. If anything has been lea... read more

        From my experience of talking to nurses John, I don't think they can become something else - not tougher etc. Otherwise they will lose what it is that makes them who they are. If anything has been learned through the last 4 months of a pandemic is how valued nurses are(at least emotionally)by the nation.
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    • Louise Tulloch 3 months ago
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    • Louise Tulloch
      3 months ago

      I have worked as a GPN since 1987 I am disappointed that we still have to approach our Gp employers ... read more