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.