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NHS pay statistics published

23 September 2014

*HSCIC must be quoted as the source of these figures

NHS staff in England working full time are paid an estimated average basic annual wage of £29,754, a rise of 0.7 per cent on last year and 9.4 per cent on five years ago, new figures show.

A report from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) covering the 12 months to June 2014 looks at the earnings of 1.16 million staff2 working in NHS hospital and community health services in England (excluding GP surgeries).

Looking at mean full-time equivalent (FTE) salaries, the most appropriate measure for comparing earnings between staff groups3, over the last year the largest annual increase of 4.4 per cent per cent went to locum hospital practitioners and clinical assistant doctors taking their pay up to £62,895. The largest decrease of 0.7 per cent went to health visitors, taking their pay to £34,038.

Variations over time in the average pay of a staff group can be caused by a change in the composition of that group (for example a greater proportion of lower-paid, junior staff joining a group would bring down average pay) as well as changes in pay for staff who have remained within a staff group from one year to the next.

Today's report also includes for the first time figures on bonuses and performance related pay. It shows that over the 12 months to the end of February 2014, 87 managers and senior managers across the NHS in England are recorded as having received such a payment and the total paid was £399,131. There were 37,049 such managers in February 2014.

NHS Staff Earnings Estimates to June 2014, Provisional statistics show that looking at average basic pay per FTE member of staff:

Doctors (including consultants and registrars, but excluding locums and GPs), earned on average £59,051, a 0.4 per cent increase on 2013. Within this staff group, 'other medical and dental staff' saw the largest percentage increase on 2013 at 1.6 per cent (to £64,161) while 'other doctors in training' saw a drop of 0.2 per cent (to £26,007).

Qualified nurses including midwives and health visitors earned on average £30,761, a 0.5 per cent increase on 2013. Within this staff group school nurses saw the largest percentage increase on 2013 at 1.2 per cent (to £33,004) while health visitors saw the largest reduction at 0.7 per cent (to £34,038).

Infrastructure support staff4 earned on average £27,969, a 1.5 per cent increase on 2013. Within this group, senior managers saw the largest percentage increase on 2013 at 3.0 per cent (to £78,064) while hotel, property and estates staff saw the smallest increase at 0.5 per cent (to £17,266).

Qualified ambulance staff earned on average £26,885, a 0.8 per cent increase on 2013.

Clinical support staff earned on average £18,598, a 0.5 per cent increase on 2013.

Qualified scientific, therapeutic and technical staff, a group which includes speech therapists, radiographers and others, earned on average £34,509, a 0.2 per cent increase on 2013. Within this group the largest increase went to qualified healthcare scientists at 0.9 per cent (to £35,568) and the largest reduction of 0.4 per cent to speech therapists (to £34,688).

You can find the full report at


Notes to editors

  1. The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) was established on April 1 2013 as an Executive Non Departmental Public Body (ENDPB). It is England's trusted data source, delivering high quality information and IT systems to drive better patient services, care and outcomes. Its work includes publishing more than 220 statistical publications annually; providing a range of specialist data services; managing informatics projects and programmes and developing and assuring national systems against appropriate contractual, clinical safety and information standards.
  2. The statistics published today are based on the earnings of 1.15 million staff and are representative of the wider hospital and community health services workforce of 1.18 million.
  3. The HSCIC preferred measure for comparing pay is the estimated Mean Annual Basic pay per FTE, which is the mean amount of basic pay paid per Full-Time Equivalent post in a 12-month period for the specified staff group. Where the press release refers to average pay, this is mean pay. Using this measure enables comparison between staff groups which tend to have different working patterns.
  4. NHS infrastructure support includes the following sub groups; managers and senior managers, central functions (such as personnel, finance, IT, legal services and library services), and hotel, property and estates (such as laundry, catering, caretakers and domestic services).
  5. For media enquiries please contact or 0300 30 33 888.
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