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Armed Forces: Pay

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average pay for soldiers at each rank was in each year since 1997. (196611)

The following table provides tri-service estimates of average annual basic pay by rank for each year since 1997.

Estimate of average annual salary1 by NATO rank2

NATO rank

OR9

OR8

OR7

OR6

OR4

OR3

OR2

OR13

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

2000-014

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.

Note:

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