The NHS Pay Scale uses a banded pay system. NHS Band 1 has a starting salary of £20,270 and the highest NHS salary is at Band 9 with an annual salary of £109,475.
The NHS Pay Scale also has a high cost area supplement in;
- Inner London (20% of basic salary, subject to a minimum payment of £4,888 and a maximum payment of £7,377)
- Outer London 15% of basic salary (subject to a minimum payment of £4,108 and a maximum payment of £5,177)
- Greater London Fringe, 5% of basic salary (subject to a minimum payment of £1,136 and a maximum payment of £1,915)
The NHS pay rise in 2022, referred to as “Agenda for Change” pay rates, were introduced in April 2022.
The Agenda for Change pay system covers all staff except doctors, dentists and very senior managers.
Each of the nine NHS pay bands (except for Band 1) is split into a number of pay points. Staff will normally progress to the next pay point annually until they reach the top of the pay band.
2022 NHS Pay Scales
|NHS Pay Scales||Salary|
|Band 2||Band 2|
|<2 years' experience||£20,270|
|Band 3||Band 3|
|<2 years' experience||£21,730|
|Band 4||Band 4|
|<3 years' experience||£23,949|
|Band 5||Band 5|
|<2 years' experience||£27,055|
|Band 6||Band 6|
|<2 years' experience||£33,706|
|Band 7||Band 7|
|<2 years' experience||£41,659|
|Band 8a||Band 8a|
|< 5 years' experience||£48,526|
|Band 8b||Band 8b|
|< 5 years' experience||£56,164|
|Band 8c||Band 8c|
|< 5 years' experience||£67,064|
|< 5 years' experience||£79,592|
|< 5 years' experience||£95,135|