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UK Army pay scales

Working for the Army is a rewarding career that can teach you things you wouldn’t learn in civilian life and it’ll take you places you couldn’t afford to go to but it’s also a financially rewarding form of work. The UK Army have pay scales that determine what you’ll earn. We’ll break those down for you.
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Job roles

There are over 200 different roles within the British Army so there’s lot of variety if you choose a career in the armed forces. The pay is determined by a pay scale that begins with £14,492 for a new entrant. After that each position earned, such as Corporal and Sergeant, begins a new pay scale within that rank. For example a level one Corporal will earn £28,270 while Sergeant at the same level can expect to earn £33,561.

List of ranks with lower spine payments
  • Warrant Officer 1
  • Level 7 £45,204
  • Level 6 £43,962
  • Level 5 £42,762
  • Level 4 £41,994
  • Level 3 £41,130
  • Level 2 £40,316
  • Level 1 £39,548
  • Warrant Officer 2
  • Level 9 £40,601
  • Level 8 £39,703
  • Level 7 £39,195
  • Staff Sergeant
  • Level 6 £38,604
  • Level 5 £36,934
  • Level 4 £36,439
  • Level 3 £35,604
  • Level 2 £34,484
  • Level 1 £34,039
  • Sergeant
  • Level 7 £34,950
  • Level 6 £34,685
  • Level 5 £33,527
  • Level 4 £32,675
  • Level 3 £32,348
  • Level 2 £31,555
  • Level 1 £30,750
  • Corporal
  • Level 7 £30,573
  • Level 6 £30,351
  • Level 5 £30,112
  • Level 4 £29,877
  • Level 3 £29,650
  • Level 2 £28,270
  • Level 1 £27,053
  • Lance Corporal
  • Level 9 £24,825
  • Level 8 £23,957
  • Level 7 £22,908
  • Level 6 £21,968
  • Level 5 £21,599
  • Private
  • Level 4 £20,521
  • Level 3 £18,910
  • Level 2 £18,427
  • Level 1 £17,945
  • New Entrant Rate
  • £14,492

Final word

You can earn more from each of these ranks and each of these levels if you’re carrying out a job for the army that pays the “higher spine” amount. The difference is pay is typically £2,000 to £3,000 more for a higher spine job.

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