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Society, Health and Development



Children and Young People's workforce

  • Teachers may earn from £21,588 a year (£27,000 in inner London) when newly qualified. Head teachers may earn up to £105,097, depending on the size of the school (up to £112,181 in inner London).
  • Teaching/learning assistants may earn from around £12,000 to £14,000 a year. Experienced teaching assistants can earn about £17,500. Higher level teaching assistants or those with special responsibilities may earn up to £20,000.
  • Nursery workers may start on between £10,000 and £12,000. With experience and the right qualifications, this can rise to between £13,000 and £20,000. 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 £17,000 and £22,000. 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 £20,000 and for posts with more responsibility from £29,000 to £36,000. 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 £36,000.
  • 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 to £25,000 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. Senoir officers can earn up to £63,000 a year. There are also senior grade posts for Probation Officers to progress to. Salaries for Probation Service Officers range from £21,179 to £27,102 a year.


  • Junior hospital doctors are paid at least £22,412 to £27,798. Doctors in speciality training earn £29,705. Hospital consultants earn between £74,504 and £100,446 a year. Salaried GPs earn between £53,781 and £81,158. 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 £21,176 a year; with experience and specialist skills, earnings can rise from around £25,528 to £34,189 a year. Physiotherapists who reach advanced or consultant level may earn £45,000 or more.
  • Paramedics earn from £21,176 a year. An experienced paramedic can earn up to £27,625. Paramedics with additional training and responsibilities can earn up to £34,189.
  • Radiographers earn from £21,176 a year. A highly skilled radiographer can earn up to £40,157 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 workers may earn up to £28,000.