A&E Nurse Salary and Pay Rate Guide

Want to find out how much an A&E nurse can earn in the UK? The number will vary, depending on your experience, shift type and other factors. We’ve collected A&E nurse pay rate and salary information from across the country. Our handy pay rate guide below will not only help you make better informed career decisions, as well as maximise your earning potential in an agency A&E nurse job. Our findings indicate that A&E Nurses can make, on average, a higher hourly pay rate than some other specialisms, due to the nature of the role.


NHS Nurse Pay Rates for A&E Nurse

As with all nursing specialism, following the “New Pay Deal'' in 2018, nurse salaries saw an increase of between 6.5% and 29%. Working in the NHS, newly qualified A&E nurses automatically start in Band 5, with a starting salary of £24,907. As you gain years of experience and new skills, you will move up the bandings through Band 5 and eventually into Band 6 (should you apply for a Band 6 role). In order to move to a Band 6 position, A&E nurses will need to gain additional specialist training - in many cases your trust, employer or nursing agency can facilitate this, by offering you CPD. 


NHS Nurses can also gain an uplift of between 30% and 60% on their pay rates when working unsocial hours, night shifts, weekends and bank holidays. 


Band 5

  • 1 - 2 years experience   £24,907
  • 2 - 4 years experience £26,970
  • 4 - 5 years experience £27,416
  • 6 - 7 years experience £30,615


Band 6

  • 1 - 2 years experience £31,365
  • 2 - 4 years experience £33,176
  • 4 - 5 years experience £33,779
  • 6 - 7 years experience £37,980

Agency Nurse Pay Rates for A&E Nurse

Working as an agency A&E nurse will mean you’ll likely get paid on an hourly rate, which can fluctuate depending on your experience, shift type and location. Working hours which are considered “anti-social” such as weekends and bank holidays can increase your hourly pay rate by up to 60%, as with the NHS “Agenda for Change” pay rates.


We abide by the pay rates for our rate card, as a “on framework agency” which also means that Mayday Healthcare is subject to strict vetting procedures and audits, to ensure our services continue to meet our high standards. 


Our salary data shows that agency A&E nurses typically make a marginally higher hourly rate than the average for other specialisms. This is often due to the high pressure nature of an A&E nurse job, as well an increase in demand (vs. supply). Below we’ve detailed the mean average for A&E nurse hourly pay rates;

  • Week Day: £20.00 - £29.00
  • Week Night: £24.00 - £35.00
  • Saturday: £25.00 - £35.00
  • Sunday/Bank Holiday: £24.00 - £36.00


You can explore more salary information on our Agency Nursing Salary Hub here. We’ve collected salary data and pay rate details for nurses across the country, to demonstrate how much you could earn as an agency nurse.

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