Apprentice Wages

Apprentice Wages

The amount apprentices will get paid is negotiated with employers. Pay rates, as for all fulltime employees, will vary on the sector, regions and employers.


To protect apprentices there is a national minimum wage (NMW) in the UK which applies to 16–18-year-olds, and all those aged 19 and above in their first year of their apprenticeship.


Current Rates

These rates are for the National Living Wage (for those aged 23 and over) and the National Minimum Wage (for those of at least school leaving age). The rates change on 1st April every year.

23 and over 21 to 22 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice
April 2023 £10.42 £10.18 £7.49 £5.28 £5.28


Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate if they’re either:

  • aged under 19
  • aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship


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