Because the range of apprenticeships is so diverse, you could find yourself earning anything from a basic wage right up to a competitive salary for the field.

It’s all down to you finding an apprenticeship that makes the most of what you’re capable of. Broadly speaking, your pay will depend on these three factors:

Some employers will negotiate pay based on what you can bring to the role, and ultimately, you’ll receive whatever gets decided in your contract of employment

But it’s not all about the money – they might also offer you incentives like pension contributions, performance bonuses or discount schemes, and so on.

Just make sure you smash that initial interview.

What’s the minimum wage for an apprentice?

As an apprentice, you must receive at least the apprenticeship minimum wage (MW) of £3.90 per hour – and after your first year, the minimum wage for your age group:

Age Current hourly rate
Apprentice MW £3.90
Under 18 £4.35
18 – 20 £6.15
21 – 24 £7.70
25 and over £8.21


If you don’t know your hourly rate, use this calculator to make sure you’re getting the minimum.

Most employers offer more than the minimum. After all, they want the best apprentices for the role – just like you want the best role for you.

Many higher and degree apprenticeships advertise at around £16,000 to £24,000 a year, and above that you’ll bump into ‘competitive salaries’ again. Which are very, well, competitive.

What are the highest paying sectors for apprenticeships?

Here’s a ranking of the highest paying industries according to Ratemyapprenticeship

But be warned, generalisations about apprenticeships tend to miss the point. Variety is what makes them exciting. And wages differ massively within each sector anyway.

For instance, if you go by the averages, you’d think an accountancy apprentice would always make more than one in law. But what if the law student works on the legal team of a global sports brand? And the accountant for a local cafe?

Apprenticeships are full of outliers. You could be one. Just pay careful attention to each vacancy and put the employers first. Make sure that when you get to that interview you know enough to ask the right questions.

But, if you really must know the average apprentice wage, here it is

What other work benefits can I expect?

Expect holiday pay. And if you earn enough, a pension scheme. Beyond that, it depends on your contract.

Employers may offer you help with relocating or finding accommodation, or give you access to a company car or leisure facilities, for example.

Or you might end up with a free company pen and a pat on the back. It’s at their discretion, and up to you to negotiate if there's something you'd find particularly valuable.

But, if you really must know the average apprentice wage, here it is

Do apprentices get paid for college or university days?

Yes. Wherever your training or study takes place, even if it’s online, you’ll get paid for your time at the rate outlined in your contract of employment.

To really get a feel for what you might earn, take a look at some real vacancies

Advice on money, funding, and finance

Do apprentices pay tax?

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‘I’ve enjoyed every single minute of it’

Apprenticeships offer the chance to earn while you learn, and get a qualification at the same time. You’ll also gain valuable work experience at some of the biggest companies!
Want to learn more? Check out the story of an apprentice at Framestore, an organisation who create scenes for some of Hollywood’s biggest pictures, such as Captain Marvel, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Avengers: Infinity War, and the record breaking sequel, Avengers: Endgame.