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 in your role? Jobs in the Royal Navy do just that. 

Use the tabs 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 your salary will be paid. Actual Salary varies for each role and is subject to Armed Forces Pay Reform 2016.

£27,000 Graduate Engineer Joining Bonus

The Royal Navy is always looking for the highest calibre graduate engineers. As the minimum educational entry requirement for an Engineer Officer is a relevant Bachelors degree, graduates will be rewarded with a £27,000 bonus, paid to you in three instalments when you complete certain phases of your professional training with the Royal Navy.

Pay Details

Pay by rank



When you first join the Royal Navy as a rating you could be earning £14,784. Once you've completed your 26 weeks' training or phase 2 (whichever comes first), you'll then earn £18,125. The table below outlines the salary you would be paid according to your rank. 



Able Rating 

£14,784 to £29,037            

Leading Rating

£29,474 to £34,011

Petty Officer

£33,159 to £39,459

Chief Petty Officer / Warrant Officer 2

£37,325 to £46,095

Warrant Officer 1

£47,018 to £48,865


When you first join as a Royal Marine, and during your training, you will be on a salary of £14,784. Below is what you could be earning according to your rank.  




£14,784 to £29,037       


£29,474 to £34,011


£33,159 to £39,459

Colour Sergeant / Warrant Officer 2

£37,325 to £46,095

Warrant Officer 1

£47,018 to £48,865    




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 £30,923

After 1 year of service

Sub Lieutenant / 2nd Lieutenant

£32,009 to £34,180

You could go on to earn

Lieutenant / Captain

£39,629 to £47,127

Lieutenant Commander / Major

£49,918 to £59,783

Commander / Lieutenant Colonel

£70,059 to £81,123

Captain / Colonel

£84,918 to £93,304


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 £29,696 to £35,711.

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)

£29,696 to £35,711       


Sub Lieutenant on entry


On passing out of Britannia Royal Naval College


You could go on to earn

Sub Lieutenant (after 1 year of service)

£32,471 to £35,039


£40,378 to £49,136

Lieutenant Commander

£51,763 to £62,934


£71,277 to £82,558


£85,779 to £94,362

Additional pay


There are generous bonuses and additional pay available for certain roles and specialisations on top of your annual basic salary. These figures here are for guidance only.

Graduate Engineer Officer bonus:
A recruitment incentive of up to £27,000 will be paid to all Engineer Officers and some other specialist officer roles where the minimum entry educational requirement is a relevant Bachelors degree. It will be paid in three stages.

Submariner pay:
Submariners receive a £5000 ‘golden hello’ on completion of training, and a daily supplement to their basic pay of between £12.48 and £27.47 plus an extra £15 per day at sea. 

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 £19.67 to £45.14 per day.

Flying pay: 
This is awarded to Aircrewmen, Pilots and Observers on completion of professional training and ranges from £14.35 on qualifying up to a maximum of £45.58 per day.

Other specialists: 
Additional forms of pay are awarded to Hydrographers, Nurses and for a few other very specialist activities. For more details speak to your Careers Adviser.

Longer separation allowance:
Once you have completed basic training, you will be eligible for a bonus of £6.90 a day, rising to £31.54 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.

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    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.

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      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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