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Careers Royal Navy

Pay details

How many jobs pay you while you’re still learning and then go on to reward you consistently as you develop more skills and develop in your role? Jobs in the Royal Navy do. Here you can find out just what you could be earning during your Royal Navy career. 

Rating pay 

Typically as soon as you join the Royal Navy, you’ll earn £14,349 and could go on to earn £17,767 up to £47,428. 

When you join the Royal Marines, you’ll immediately be earning £14,349 and could go on to earn £17,767 up to £47,428. 

Officer pay

The pay for both Royal Navy and Royal Marines officers is slightly higher. As soon as you join Britannia Royal Naval College or Commando Training Centre Royal Marines you'll earn £24,971 (as of September 2013). You could go on to earn £30,014 to £90,560.

Take a look below to see what you could be earning as you move through the ranks. You can also learn more about additional forms of pay, like joining bonuses, and how you will get paid your salary. 


Pay Details

Pay by rank


When you first join the Royal Navy as a rating you could be earning £14,349. Once you've completed your 26 weeks' training or phase 2 (whichever comes first), you'll then earn £17,767. The table below outlines the salary you would be paid according to your rank. 



Able Rating 

£17,767 to £29,357 

Leading Rating

£26,786 to £33,661

Petty Officer

£30,446 to £37,462

Chief Petty Officer / Warrant Officer 2

£33,702 to £43,876

Warrant Officer 1

£39,157 to £47,428


When you first join as a Royal Marine, and during your training, you will be on a salary of £14,349. Below is what you could be earning according to your rank.  




£17,767 to £29,357


£26,786 to £33,661


£30,446 to £37,462

Colour Sergeant / Warrant Officer 2

£33,702 to £43,876

Warrant Officer 1

£39,157 to £47,428




Defence Technical
Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS)

£4000 a year

Other engineering bursars

£4000 a year

All other bursars

£1500 a year

Direct entry basic pay



Midshipman / Second Lieutenant


On passing out of
Britannia Royal Naval College /
Commando Training Centre
Royal Marines

increasing to £30,014

After 1 year of service

Sub Lieutenant / 2nd Lieutenant

£30,807 to £33,175

You could go on to earn

Lieutenant / Captain

£38,463 to £45,741

Lieutenant Commander / Major

£48,450 to £58,025

Commander / Lieutenant Colonel

£67,999 to £78,737

Captain / Colonel

£82,381 to £90,560


Even as a student nurse at Queen Alexandra's Royal Naval Nursing Service, you'll be earning a good salary. Once you've completed 26 weeks of training this will increase. Once you've qualified, you'll go on to earn anything from £29,111 to £35,007. 

Student nurses (weeks 1 to 26)
and qualified nurses on joining


Student nurses (after week 26)


Qualified nurses
(on completion of initial
professional courses THP and PBPQC)

£29,111 to £35,007

Additional pay

For some types of work you can get additional pay on top of your annual basic salary. These figures here are for guidance only.

Submariner pay:
Submariners receive a £5000 ‘golden hello’ on completion of training, and a daily supplement to their basic pay of between £12.24 and £26.93 plus an extra £5.29 a day at sea. They also receive a nuclear propulsion supplement of between £2.44 and £20.81 per day.

Mine Clearance Diver pay:
This is awarded to Mine Clearance Divers and Minewarfare and Clearance Diving Officers on completion of their professional training and ranges from £4.28 to £33.05 per day..

Flying pay: 
This is awarded to Pilots and Observers on completion of professional training and ranges from £14.07 on qualifying up to a maximum of £37.96 per day.

Other specialists: 
Additional forms of pay are awarded to Hydrographers, Nurses and for a few other very specialist activities.

Longer separation allowance:
Once you have completed basic training, you will be eligible for a bonus of £6.69 a day, rising to £28.24 a day when serving away from your family or base unit.

Retention bonuses: 
Several bonuses are available to various branches and specialisations for service over a certain period. For more details speak to your Careers Adviser.

How you get paid

When you join the Royal Navy you’ll need to have a bank account – because we’ll pay your salary straight into it at the end of each month. We will also send you a pay slip that shows the details of your earnings and the deductions made for tax, National Insurance and other standard charges. 

In order to make sure that your first month’s salary can be paid without any problems, we strongly recommend that you open a bank account before joining the Royal Navy or Royal Marines. 

If for any reason you’re not able to open one we can help you out after you've joined the Royal Navy. But in order for you to start getting paid straight away, it's best to sort it out before you start your training.


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.


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.


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