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Nurses: Pay

Volume 503: debated on Wednesday 13 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average salary was for a nurse in (a) 1997 and (b) 2009. (310465)

The average salary of a nurse was £19,600 in 1998-99 and £30,900 in 2009. No comparable figures are available prior to 1998-99 as this was the first year in which the NHS Staff earnings survey was undertaken.


1. In the context of this answer the term “Nurse” has been interpreted as a qualified nurse

2. The source of the 1998-99 figure is the NHS Earnings Survey 1998-99, available at:

3. The source of the 2008-09 figure is the NHS Information Centre NHS Staff Earnings April-June 2009, available at:

4. Figures have been rounded to the nearest £100.