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Admiral Sir Tony Radakin took over as Chief of the Defence Staff recently (Picture: Alamy).
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British military top brass: How much do they earn?

Find out how much those in the top forces jobs bring home.

Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Sir TONY RADAKIN is seen outside 10 Downing Street 301121 CREDIT ALAMY.png
Admiral Sir Tony Radakin took over as Chief of the Defence Staff recently (Picture: Alamy).

How much do the highest-ranking UK military officials earn?

The Ministry of Defence has revealed all in data published by the Government department.

While a private in the Army brings in about £20,400 each year, Armed Forces personnel see their salaries rise as they progress through the ranks.

Let's take a look at what those at the top of the services bring in...

Head office

  • Chief of the Defence Staff – £280,000-£284,999
  • Vice Chief of the Defence Staff – £190,000-£194,999
  • Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Military Strategy and Operations) – £140,000-£144,999
  • Defence Senior Adviser Middle East – £140,000-£144,999

Army Command

  • Chief of the General Staff – £195,000-£199,999
  • Deputy Chief of the General Staff – £145,000-£149,999
  • Director Resources – £105,000-£109,999
  • Commander Home Command – £140,000-£144,999
  • Commander Field Army – £140,000-£144,999
  • Commander Allied Rapid Reaction Corps – £150,000-£154,999
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Former Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir Nick Carter earned a salary equating to £280,000 in 2021, according to the data (Picture: Alamy).

Navy Command

  • First Sea Lord/Chief of Naval Staff – £190,000-£194,999
  • Fleet Commander – £150,000-£154,999
  • Second Sea Lord/Deputy Chief of Naval Staff – £150,000-£154,999
  • Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Director Strategy & Policy) – £120,000-£124,999

Air Command

  • Chief of the Air Staff – £190,000-£194,999
  • Assistant Chief of the Air Staff – £120,000-£124,999
  • Director Resources – £100,000-£104,999
  • Deputy Commander Capability and Air Member for Personnel and Capability – £150,000-£154,999
  • Director Legal Services – £125,000-£129,999
  • Deputy Commander Operations and Air Member for Operations – £150,000-£154,999
  • Assistant Chief of Air Staff Plans – £120,000-£124,999
  • Commander UK Space Command – £120,000-£124,999

Strategic Command

  • Commander Strategic Command – £190,000-£194,999
  • Deputy Commander Strategic Command – £145,000-£149,999
  • Director Overseas Bases – £95,000-£99,999
  • Director Resources and Policy – £95,000-£99,999
  • Chief Information Officer for Defence – £180,000-£184,999
  • Chief of Defence Intelligence – £150,000-£154,999
  • Director Capability – £120,000-£124,999
  • Chief of Joint Operations – £170,000-£174,999
  • Director Strategy – £120,000-£124,999
  • Director General Joint Force Development – £140,000-£144,999
  • Commander British Forces Cyprus – £120,000-£124,999
  • Chief of Defence Logistics and Support – £145,000-£149,999
  • Director General Defence Medical Services – £215,000-£219,999