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Nurses: Pay

Volume 508: debated on Monday 29 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average salary of an NHS ward nurse was in each year since 2005; and if he will make a statement. (323598)

The average salary of a national health service ward nurse is not collected separately from the average salary for qualified nurses, midwives and health visitors working in hospitals as well as other parts of the NHS. The following table shows the average salary of qualified nurses from 2005-06 to 2008-09, the latest year for which figures are available.











1. Average salaries are estimated from the qualified nurse paybill figures using NHS accounts data together with the NHS pension scheme rates, and national insurance rates and thresholds that apply to NHS employers.

2. The paybill data includes all qualified nurses employed by NHS trusts, primary care trusts, strategic health authorities and foundation trusts in England. It excludes agency nurses.

3. Foundation trusts do not submit a breakdown of their paybill by staff group. Figures from 2004-05 onwards include estimates for the breakdown of each foundation trust.


Department of Health Paybill Model 2008-09.

Trust Financial Returns and Foundation Trust Annual Reports (Paybill data).

Information Centre Workforce Census (Staff Numbers).