Armed Forces: Pay

Defence written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of Liam Fox Liam Fox Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average pay for soldiers at each rank was in each year since 1997.

Photo of Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

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)
NATO rank
OR9 OR8 OR7 OR6 OR4 OR3 OR2 OR1( 3)
1997-98 26,800 24,800 23,400 20,500 18,200 15,600 12,400 9,300
1998-99 27,700 25,600 24,200 21,100 18,800 16,100 12,900 9,600
1999-2000 29,000 26,800 25,300 22,100 19,700 16,900 13,500 10,100
2000-01(4) 30,200 27,900 26,400 23,100 20,500 17,700 14,200 10,600
2001-02 33,400 31,100 29,400 26,000 22,900 19,300 15,300 11,600
2002-03 35,000 32,300 30,500 27,000 23,700 20,000 15,900 12,100
2003-04 36,200 33,400 31,600 27,900 24,700 20,700 16,500 12,500
2004-05 37,200 34,300 32,500 28,700 25,400 21,300 17,000 12,900
2005-06 38,300 35,300 33,500 29,500 26,100 21,900 17,500 13,200
2006-07 39,500 36,400 34,500 30,400 26,900 22,600 18,100 13,700
2007-08 40,800 37,600 35,600 31,500 27,800 23,300 18,800 14,500
(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.

http://www.dasa.mod.uk/natstats/ukds/2007/c2/table226.html

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.

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All estimates of average annual salary are rounded to the nearest £100.

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