The salary that an RAF worker can earn will be dependent on what rank they are, what experience they have and what qualifications they have. For example it is possible for an RAF Pilot to reach degree and Masters Level during their years of training.
It is also worth mentioning that if you have any particular skills that you have acquired and ones that would be useful within the job role e.g. parachuting then you may find that you can earn more money when carrying out certain jobs.
We shall now look at several job roles within the RAF and the salary that you may earn –
Airmen/Airwomen – your annual starting salary is usually around £13,000 but this will increase as you become more experienced and move up the ranks. This salary can sometimes reach £36,000 should you become Sergeant.
Officers – the starting wage for a Pilot Officer is £24,000 and can reach over £50,000 should you progress to Squadron Leader.
Non – Commissioned Aircrew – during the first six months of your training your starting salary is £13,000 however once you have passed this mark your salary during the rest of your training will reach £27,000. Should you reach the rank of Master Air crew you could be earning £46,000 per annum.
Above is just a rough guide of what your starting salary can be as a trainee within the RAF and also displays what kind of salary you could be earning as your career progresses.
We shall now look at some of the other benefits of training in the RAF, firstly that you will be paid whilst you learn, you will not receive a full pay (which is what you will receive once qualified) but any further training you do throughout your career you will receive full pay. Another financial benefit is that you will have very little out goings. You will receive subsidised rates for both your accommodation and what food you eat, so you will find that your salary will go further than if you had a civilian job. You will also receive free medical and dental care whilst in the RAF and in some cases this benefit can be offered to your family – wife/husband and children etc.
Should you wish to pursue a degree as a part of your RAF training and this too is funded which saves you from the huge debt that other students usually have.
All recruits in the RAF receive six weeks holiday which is paid, and it is also worth mentioning that should you serve at least 18 years then you can expect a rather nice pension.
If you take into consideration not only the starting pay and possible earnings you could receive should you progress in the ranks, but also the benefits that come with working in the RAF it would seem that this will not only be a very fulfilling career but also one that can be very lucrative.