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Do people in the Royal Air Force get paid well?

Asked by TheOnlyException (2182points) March 29th, 2010

Like someone who works as a doctor or someone who trains new recruits in particular.
Would they get paid pretty well? I can’t find any info. on this online, just wondering if anyone has any idea?
If possible even a ballpark figure of however many K/year?
Would these be handsomely paid jobs, or just pretty average?
Also what would be the benefits/drawbacks to being a doctor/trainer in the R.A.F.?

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thanks for getting it out the way ahahahah

TexasDude's avatar

Yes. But not for long, most likely, as the RAF is eventually going to be cut entirely from the British military.

TheOnlyException's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard Seriously?
But do you know if an R.A.F doctor would get paid more than a regular doctor in a hospital/surgery, even at the same level of seniority?

TexasDude's avatar

I can’t find a citation (i know, that’s bad juju) but I do recall reading an article that stated that funding for the RAF is eventually going to be reduced to zero.

About the doctor question, American military doctors aren’t paid as well as private sector doctors, and I’m assuming the same is true of the British military.

I could very well be wrong though.

WestRiverrat's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard that American Military drs don’t get paid as well is true, but they get all their medical school costs paid by the Military, if they complete their first hitch.

TexasDude's avatar

@WestRiverrat, oh, I didn’t know that. That would definitely offset alot of the cost. Thanks for pointing that out.

ucme's avatar

Dash it all old bean one doesn’t discuss one’s financial affairs for all & sundry to here.It’s just not cricket.Tickety boo old chap & chocks away, there’s a good fellow.

njnyjobs's avatar

Generally speaking, newly practicing doctors start off in the military with average salaries much lower than civilian practitioners. However, while enlisted, they gain vaulable experiences, not to mention a piece of the federal pension plan plus a mixture of officer pay, housing and subsistence allowances.

If you want to read on, Check-out the links below:
Career as a doctor in the Royal Navy
Career as a doctor in the British Army
Career as a doctor in the Royal Air Force

Sandydog's avatar

Ive worked with several RAF people and compared with civvies they get paid well. My boss a few years ago was a Wing Commander,and the guy in one of the offices next to me at the moment is a squadron leader – the car he drives is the envy of many, so he must be making a few pennies !!
I dont know precisely about medics though

TheOnlyException's avatar

@Sandydog ah! finally some personal experience. i suspected as much they might get paid a little more…. thanks for your answer :)

njnyjobs's avatar

@Sandydog as with any profession, as you rise up the rungs, compensation, benefits and perks go along with the promotions. Naturally, Commanders and leaders enjoy the experience differentials over the novice.

Sandydog's avatar

One thing to note is that when newspapers are quoting what soldiers etc in the UK are paid is that they are paid 24 hours a day !! So you multiply the hourly rate by 24 and then by 7 for the weekly rate.
I was unaware of this before I started working with the military myself.

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