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Hospital porter Average UK Salary & Prospects

Hospital porters move patients, equipment and medical supplies around a hospital.

  • Lift or assist others to lift patients to move them on or off beds, examination tables, surgical tables, or stretchers.  
  • Transport patients to treatment units, testing units, operating rooms, or other areas, using wheelchairs, stretchers, or moveable beds.  
  • Disinfect or sterilize equipment or supplies, using germicides or sterilizing equipment.  
  • Clean
Read more about Hospital porter

Hospital porters typically work around 40 to 42 hours per week.

As a Hospital porter you will typically work evenings / weekends / bank holidays.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical,
  • Read more about Hospital porter
    * from ONETonline
    Average salary
    21,531 GBP *
    per year
    17,652 GBP
    20,795 GBP
    5+ Experience
    * data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
    Average salary for Hospital porter

    Women make 7% more than Men
    • 21,369 GBP
    • 22,927 GBP
    Average salary for part-time Hospital porter
    Average salary for full-time Hospital porter

    • 12,053 GBP
    • 12,601 GBP
    • 21,531 GBP
    • 22,927 GBP
    • 21,369 GBP
    Pay over time for Hospital porter

    Pay for this role has increased over time
    • 19,091 GBP
    • 19,665 GBP
    • 19,397 GBP
    • 19,368 GBP
    • 19,524 GBP
    • 21,531 GBP

    Future outlook for Hospital porters

    Balanced outlook
    4 000+ jobs available
    Balanced outlook
    2% yearly wage growth (on average)
    Balanced outlook
    56% chance of automation in the future

    Hospital porter - Your future job?

    Which qualifications do I need?

    Find out what you need to know in order to become a Hospital porter and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

    In terms of people already doing this job:

    • 89% of people in this role have GCSEs or equivalent
    • 7% of people in this role have do not have GCSEs or equivalent qualifications
    • 4% of people in this role have a post-secondary qualification such as a Higher National Diploma

    You can apply directly to get into this job. Work experience in a healthcare setting will be useful though not essential.

    You'll normally need a good standard of literacy and numeracy. Some employers may ask for GCSEs in English and maths, or equivalent qualifications.

    It might help if you have a manual handling or health and safety certificate, although your employer will train you on these when you start.

    Get the right qualification to begin your journey to becoming a Hospital porter


    Things to highlight for your Hospital porter interview

    Concern for Others Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. Self Control Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. Stress Tolerance Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. Cooperation Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

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