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Careers Fleet

Pay Benefits & Learning

Joining the Royal Navy is much more than just an exciting and fulfilling career. It’s also a well rewarded one giving civilian jobs a run for their money. What’s more, you’ll even start earning from the moment you enter basic training.

Typical starting salaries for ratings begin at £14,349 whereas officers start on a salary of £24,971.

As you progress in your role and move up the ranks you could earn anything from £17,767 up to £90,560 depending on your skills and qualifications.

What’s more, with some roles you can receive additional pay on top of your annual salary in the form of a ‘golden hello’ of up to £5,000, and other financial bonuses.

More than just a well paid job

The perks of being in the Royal Navy go far beyond pay. You’ll get first class and free medical and dental care, six weeks paid holiday, help with housing and education – as well as a fantastic pension that beats nearly anything a civilian employer could offer you.

Find out more about pay, benefits and learning opportunities.

Pay details

With salaries starting from £14,349 and reaching up to £90,560 if you’re driven, you could do well in the Royal Navy. What’s more, as well as your basic pay, you can get extra money for having special skills, serving in certain specialist branches and gaining new skills. Take a look at what you could be earning for your chosen job.


From the very beginning you’ll enjoy many great benefits. Plenty of paid holiday. Free dental and medical care. Free accommodation at sea and help with your shore-based housing. A substantial resettlement package once you’ve decided to leave the Royal Navy. And a pension package that beats anything a civilian employer could offer you. The list of perks goes on.

Lifelong learning

When you join the Royal Navy we will give you all the specialist skills you’ll need. But you can also build on this knowledge throughout your career. And because many of the qualifications you will gain are recognised and valued by both the Royal Navy and civilian employers, you will develop an enviable set of transferrable skills.


If your child is thinking of joining the Royal Navy, you’re bound to have questions. What’s involved in the signing up process? What are we looking for in potential candidates? And what will life in the Royal Navy be like?


With the Royal Navy’s generous funding and scholarships we’ll help you through your studies – whether it’s A-levels or a university degree. And you can earn money while you do it too. Read on to learn about the many funding opportunities.

Sport & fitness

If you’re competitive and enjoy sport, you’ll love the Royal Navy. Staying in great shape comes with the territory. You will have the chance to take part in a huge range of sports from badminton to bobsleigh and tennis to taekwondo What’s more, if you’re talented and driven enough, we’ll support you to compete at national, international or even Olympic level.


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