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Healthcare and Society




 Children and Young People's workforce

  • Teachers may earn from around £21,000 outside London. An experienced teacher earns from around £33,000.
  • Teaching/learning assistants may earn from around £12,000 to over £17,000 a year. Experienced teaching assistants can earn over £16,000.
  • Nursery workers may start on around £10,000. With experience and the right qualifications, this can rise to between £14,000 and £18,000. Nursery managers can earn £25,000 plus. 
  • Playworkers may earn between £12,000 and £20,000 a year. Senior staff may earn around £30,000.
  • Youth support workers can earn between around £15,000 and £18,000. Salaries for qualified local authority youth service workers in management can be from £35,000.

Community Justice

  • Police Community Support Officers may earn from around £16,000. With experience, earnings may rise to around £19,000 or up to £25,000 in some areas.
  • Probation Officers earn from £19,000 a year. Qualified probation officers earn from £26,000 to £35,000 a year. 


  • Hospital doctors are paid varying amounts depending on overtime, workload, whether they work in private hospitals or the NHS, etc. If they reach consultant level, they can earn £74,000 plus.
  • Nurses in the NHS earns from around 21,200 a year. Nurses with advanced skills or in team management roles may earn up to £40,000. Nurse consultants can earn more.
  • Physiotherapists earn from £21,000 in the NHS; with experience and specialist skills, earnings can rise to around £34,000 a year.
  • Paramedics who are qualified earn from £21,000 a year. An experienced paramedic with additional training and responsibilities can earn up to around £34,000.
  • Radiographers earn from £21,000 a year. A highly skilled radiographer can earn around £40,000 a year. Consultant radiographers can earn up to around £67,000 a year.

 Social Care

  • Social workers may earn from around £20,000 to £25,000 a year. Lead social workers or managers may earn up to around £40,000 a year depending on the area of the country or specialism.
  • Social care workers may earn around £12,000 a year. A worker with qualifications and experience may earn between £18,000 to £21,000.


Salary figures (Nov 2011) are taken from the Next Step website, and are for guidance only because pay can depend on various factors, including your location, qualifications and experience.