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A career in the Royal Navy gives you more. You’ll go places you’ve never been, experience things you wouldn’t anywhere else and develop new skills you don’t even know you have yet.

Regardless of your specialisation or role, you’ll be paid a competitive monthly salary from the day you start training. After that, how you progress is in your hands and because you’re rewarded on merit, your salary will develop as much as you want it to.

An enviable benefits package to match means that more of your money stays where it should be – in your pocket.

Your starting salary depends on your level of entry

Officer

After training, all salaries are role specific but here’s how your salary could progress as a Royal Navy Officer.

If you join the Medical Branch or the Submarine Service, your rate of pay will differ. If you have a particular role in mind, you can use the role finder for a more tailored search.

Pay for Officers

Rating

After training, all salaries are role-specific but here’s how your salary could progress as a Royal Navy Rating.

If you join the Medical Branch or the Submarine Service, your rate of pay will differ. If you have a particular role in mind, you can use the role finder for more tailored results.

Pay for Ratings

Officer Pay

Pay for officer roles

Officers are the managers and leaders of the Royal Navy. If you graduated from university, or did well at school, there are 19 potential officer careers available to you.

After training, all salaries are role specific. Here’s how your salary could progress as a Royal Navy Officer.

Day one

£25,727 a year

  • £2,143.92 a month
  • £494.75 a week

After Britannia Royal Naval College

£30,923 a year

  • £2,576.92 a month
  • £594.67 a week

First promotion – Sub-Lieutenant

£32,009 a year

  • £2,667.42 a month
  • £615.56 a week

Second promotion – Lieutenant

£39,629 a year

  • £3,302.42 a month
  • £762.10 a week

Highest level – Captain*

£84,978 a year

  • £7,031.75 a month
  • £1,622.71 a week

 *The highest rank in the whole of the Royal Naval Service is First Sea Lord – Admiral.

Six weeks of paid holiday

On top of public holidays, with extra allowance for time at sea

Forces Help to Buy Scheme

On the housing ladder: get a 0% loan of up to 50% of your salary

More qualifications

From NVQs to Masters Degrees, with a sizeable fee contribution

Ratings Pay

Pay for rating roles

Ratings roles mostly require GCSEs but there are some that require no qualifications. See introducing levels of entry for more information but here’s how your salary could progress as a Royal Navy Rating.

After training, all salaries are role specific. Here’s how your salary could progress as a Royal Navy Rating.

Day one

£14,784 a year

  • £1,232.00 a month
  • £284.31 a week

26 weeks on

£18,000 a year

  • £1,500 a month
  • £346.15 a week

First promotion - Leading Rating

£29,474 a year

  • £2,456.17 a month
  • £566.81 a week

Second promotion - Petty Officer

£33,159 a year

  • £2,735.83 a month
  • £631.35 a week

Highest level - Warrant Officer

£47,018* a year

  • £3,918.17 a month
  • £904.19 a week

*At any point in your career as a rating, you could go on to become a Commissioned Officer and have greater earning potential.

More qualifications

From NVQs to Masters Degrees, with a sizeable fee contribution

Forces Help to Buy Scheme

On the housing ladder: get a 0% loan of up to 50% of your salary

Six weeks of paid holiday

On top of public holidays, with extra allowance for time at sea