The following table provides tri-service estimates of average annual basic pay by rank for each year since 1997.
|Estimate of average annual salary( 1) by NATO rank( 2)|
|(1) Estimates of average annual salaries are based on basic pay only and do not include any allowances. They are calculated by multiplying fixed pay level strengths by the corresponding yearly pay rates. As such they will not include the effects of changes to the spread of pay levels within each rank caused by annual increments, promotions, exits and intakes. The figures provided in this table are taken from calculations used for the Military Salaries Index, a copy of which is available in the UK Defence Statistics at Table 2.26. |
Note that UKDS Table 2.26 also includes illustrative rates. These are actual rates corresponding to the pay level populated by the most service personnel of that rank and will therefore differ from the estimates of average rates of pay provided in this answer.
(2) An explanation of the relationship between NATO rank codes and UK service ranks is provided on page 3 of TSP9 available at http://www.dasa.mod.uk/natstats/tsp9/tsp9tab4.html
(3 )OR1 estimates include personnel on New Entrant rates of pay and personnel on Artificer Apprentices, Probationary Medical and Communications Technicians rates of pay.
(4) There is a discontinuity between 2000-01 and 2001-02—signified by the blank row—which is due to the introduction of a new pay system, Pay 2000. The resulting changes to the structure of military salaries meant that the individual pay rates could not be tracked over this period. As such while estimates since 2001-02 are based on strengths by pay level as at 1 May 2005 estimates prior to this will be based on historic pay strengths under the previous pay structure.
All estimates of average annual salary are rounded to the nearest £100.