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Society, Health and Development



Children and Young People's workforce:

  • Teachers may earn from £21,102 a year (£26,000 in inner London) when newly qualified. An experienced teacher earns from £30,842 a year (£35,568 in inner London). Head teachers may earn from £41,426 to £102,734, depending on the size of the school (up to £109,658 in inner London).

  • Teaching/learning assistants may earn from around £12,000 - £14,000 a year. Experienced teaching assistants can earn about £16,000. Higher level teaching assistants or those with special responsibilities may earn up to £19,000.

  • Nursery workers aged 18 to 21 may start on around £9,900; those who are 22 or over may earn around £11,900. With experience and the right qualifications, this can rise to between £13,000 and £17,000. Nursery managers can earn between £18,000 and £35,000.
  • Playworkers with no experience may earn between £11,000 and £12,500 a year. Experienced playworkers may earn between £16,800 and £20,700. Senior managers may earn up to £35,000 or more.
  • Youth support workers with NVQs and VRQs at Levels 2 and 3 will normally work in posts with a starting salary of around £15,000. Youth workers start out at around £22,000 and for posts with more responsibility from £27,000 to £34,000. Salaries for local authority youth service managers vary widely according to the size of the authority and the responsibilities of the post, but are normally upward of £35,000.
  • Connexions Personal Advisers may start on around £17,000 a year and with experience may earn between £19,500 and £27,500. Personal advisers with a management role or specialism may earn up to £35,000 or more.

Community Justice:

  • Community Safety Officers may earn from around £18,000 a year initially and between £25,000 a year with experience. Experienced community safety officers with management responsibilities may earn £40,000 to £50,000 a year.

  • Police Community Support Officers. New entrants may earn from around £17,000. With experience, earnings may rise to around £22,000. PCSOs reaching the top end of the scale, or working in supervisory roles, may earn around £25,000.

  • Trainee Probation Officers earn from £15,000 a year. Qualified probation officers earn from £27,914 to £35,727 a year. Senior officers can earn up to £63,000 a year. Salaries for Probation Service Officers range from £21,179 to £27,102 a year.


  • Junior hospital doctors are paid at least £22,190 to £27,523. Doctors in speciality training earn between £29,411 and £46,246. Hospital consultants earn between £74,504 and £176,242 a year. Salaried GPs earn between £53,249 and £80,354. Most self-employed GPs earn between £90,000 and £130,000.
  • A newly-qualified nurse in the NHS earns from £21,176 a year. Nurses with advanced skills or in team management roles may earn up to £34,189. A modern matron can earn up to £46,621 and a nurse consultant up to £67,134.
  • Physiotherapists earn from £20,710 a year; with experience and specialist skills, earnings can rise from around £24,000 to £33,000 a year. Physiotherapists who reach advanced or consultant level may earn £45,000 or more.
  • Paramedics earn from £20,710 a year. An experienced paramedic can earn up to £26,839. Paramedics with additional training and responsibilities can earn up to £33,436.
  • Radiographers earn from £20,710 a year. A highly skilled radiographer can earn up to £39,273 a year. Consultant radiographers can earn up to £65,657 a year.

Social Care:

  • Social workers may earn from £20,000 to £29,000 a year. Lead social workers or managers may earn from around £29,000 to £42,000 a year depending on the area of the country or specialism. Senior managers may earn considerably more.
  • Social care workers may earn around £11,000 a year. A worker with some qualifications may earn between £14,000 and £18,000 a year. Senior care workers may earn up to £28,000.