What you will earn

What you earn will depend on the industry, location, and type of apprenticeship you choose.

If you are aged 16 to 18 or in the first year of your apprenticeship, you are entitled to the apprentice rate.

If you are 19 or over and have completed the first year of your apprenticeship, you are entitled to the National Minimum Wage.

This is the minimum you will earn – many employers pay a lot more and offer their apprentices a competitive salary.

The rates from April 2020 are:

  25 and Over 21 – 24 18-20 Under 18 Apprentice
April 2020 £8.72 £8.20 £6.45 £4.55 £4.15
April 2021 £8.91 £8.36 £6.56 £4.62 £4.30
Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate if they are either:

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

Example: An apprentice aged 22 in the first year of their apprenticeship is entitled to a minimum hourly rate of £4.15.

Apprentices are entitled to the minimum wage for their age if they both:

  • are aged 19 or over
  • have completed the first year of their apprenticeship

Example:  An apprentice aged 22 who has completed the first year of their apprenticeship is entitled to a minimum hourly rate of £8.20.