Airmen / airwomen

If you join as an airman or airwoman you can expect to be paid the following:


Gross monthly pay (approx.)

Annual pay

Aircraftman/woman during recruit and
professional training



Leading Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman



Senior Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman

£1,520 – £2,446

£18,245 – £29,357


£2,232 – £2,805

£26,785 – £33,660


£2,537 – £3,121

£30,445 – £37,461

During your recruit and professional training, you will be paid £14,348 – approximately £298 per week.

You will normally be promoted to Leading Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman after six months or when you complete your specialist training.

You will normally be promoted to Senior Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman after you have passed a trade ability test and completed one year’s total service.

Promotion to Corporal and above is by competitive selection.

Within the pay scales shown above, your salary will be determined by your experience and your performance.

RAF Fitness challenge

Pay and benefits

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