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Nurses Salary in the UK. Full details. May 2023

How much do nurses in the UK earn monthly? What is the average nurse salary in the United Kingdom?

Well, if you need answers to the questions above, you got to read this post to the end. Before we commence, know that nurses in the UK are one of the well-paid nurses in the world.

The nursing profession has gained massive attention in recent years. A fair number of students graduating from high school pursue nursing as a major career.

Does nursing really pay? There is no direct answer to this question as the salary of a nurse is solely dependent on the country one is practicing in.

Nurses in developing countries such as Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, etc. are underpaid as compared to those in developed countries (UK, USA, Canada, Cuba, etc.).

UK consist of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In this post we bring you the accurate details of nurses’ salary in the UK.

Under this post we are going to look at the following:

  • Components of nurses’ salary in the UK
  • UK Nurses monthly salary
  • Nurses yearly salary in the UK
  • Deductions, taxes and many more

Nurses are basically trained to care for the sick in the hospital and home.

They provide services such as serving of medications, giving health education, community service, assisting doctors in performing task and other related services.

Things to note abut nurses salary in the UK

The following are some of the factors that determines how much nurses are paid in the UK.

  • Rank
  • Working hours
  • Scope of work
  • Work setting
  • Hospital


It is obvious that a nurse holding a bachelor’s degree will earn higher than one with a lower qualification.

Working hours

The number of shifts run by a nurse per week determines the salary he or she is entitled to. Since nurses are paid based on the numbers of hours worked, a nurse who works over time will earn more.

Scope of work

Nurses in the UK have different responsibilities. Specialist nurses such as ophthalmic nurse, ENT nurse, orthopedic nurse, etc. earn more as compared to general registered nurses/midwives.

Work setting

The nature and place of work can also determine how much a nurse can earn in the UK. For example, nurses working in home care centers earn more than those in the hospitals. Also nurses working in the Covid wards/isolation or heavy duty ward earn bonuses (risk allowance).


Nurses salary in the UK is not the same across all hospitals. Some hospitals give bonuses and other allowances to its staff. This increases their overall salaries.

 If you are in Ghana or any other part of the world planning to move the UK to pursue your nursing career, you need to know the details of their salary before you make a move. In our previous post, we wrote about How to apply for nursing job in the UK. You can check that out here.

Now let’s see the wage of nurses in the UK

Nurses salary components

A typical pay check of a nurse in the UK consist of the following:

  • Tax deductions
  • Basic salary = £ 11.19 per hour (eleven pounds nineteen pence per hour)
  • Basic pay arrears = £ 608.11/month


Gross salary of Nurses in the UK

Summing up the above, a nurse earns an average of £ 2,424.44.


Deductions made

Below are the possible deductions that are likely to be made from the salary.

Pension and miscellaneous = £ 369.55 per month


Salary of Nurses in the UK (Net)

The average salary of nurses in the UK (take home salary) is £ 2,062.89.

nurse salary UK


Annual Income of Nurses in the United Kingdom

The annual gross salary amounts to twenty-five thousand pounds.

The salary doesn’t include overtime and extra duties. That is, it is three shifts in a week with four days off.



Aside the monthly pay given to a nurse, there might be financial bonuses that comes directly from the facility one is working with.

The monthly payment given to nurses in the UK is very lucrative.

However, due to the high cost of living in recent times most nurses opt for second or part time job or even start a business.

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