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Teachers’ salaries

When you choose to become a teacher, you’ll be joining a profession that offers a competitive starting salary with plenty of opportunity for career progression. This means you’ll not only be making a difference, but you’ll be rewarded for your contributions with excellent opportunities to climb the career ladder and receive pay rises.

On average, a teacher earns £37,800 a year. As a newly qualified teacher you’ll begin on a salary of at least £22,244, or £27,819 in inner London. As you rise up the pay ranges, you could earn as much as £114,437 as a headteacher.

Schools now have more freedom to develop their own pay policies to attract and retain the teachers that have the greatest impact on their pupils’ learning. So what you’re paid will be linked to performance and not length of service – meaning you can increase your salary faster than ever before.

The pay ranges shown in the table below are for 2015/2016, and are revised annually.

Salary ranges:

 England and Wales
(excluding London and fringes)
Inner LondonOuter LondonLondon fringe
Headteachers
Max£107,210£114,437£110,243£108,271
Min£43,665£50,966£46,727£44,733
Leading practitioners
Max£58,677£65,978£61,743£59,743
Min£38,598£45,891£41,660£39,660
Upper pay ranges
Max£37,871£46,365£41,660£38,941
Min£35,218£42,756£38,739£36,287
Main pay ranges
Max£32,831£37,862£36,540£33,909
Min£22,244£27,819£25,880£23,313
Unqualified teachers
Max£25,776£29,970£28,841£26,843
Min£16,298£20,496£19,359£17,368
England and Wales (excluding London and fringes)
Headteachers
Max£107,210
Min£43,665
Leading practitioners
Max£58,677
Min£38,598
Upper pay ranges
Max£37,871
Min£35,218
Main pay ranges
Max£32,831
Min£22,244
Unqualified teachers
Max£25,776
Min£16,298
Inner London
Headteachers
Max£114,437
Min£50,966
Leading practitioners
Max£65,978
Min£45,891
Upper pay ranges
Max£46,365
Min£42,756
Main pay ranges
Max£37,862
Min£27,819
Unqualified teachers
Max£29,970
Min£20,496
Outer London
Headteachers
Max£110,243
Min£46,727
Leading practitioners
Max£61,743
Min£41,660
Upper pay ranges
Max£41,660
Min£38,739
Main pay ranges
Max£36,540
Min£25,880
Unqualified teachers
Max£28,841
Min£19,359
London fringe
Headteachers
Max£108,271
Min£44,733
Leading practitioners
Max£59,743
Min£39,660
Upper pay ranges
Max£38,941
Min£36,287
Main pay ranges
Max£33,909
Min£23,313
Unqualified teachers
Max£26,843
Min£17,368

Additional rewards

In addition to the basic salary you’ll earn, there are other great benefits available including:

  • holidays – you’ll get more days than many people in other professions, though teachers work for 195 days per year in school, and tend to do some work during their holidays
  • special educational needs (SEN) allowance – if you work as a qualified teacher with pupils with SEN, you could be eligible for an SEN allowance of no less than £2,064 and no more than £4,075 per annum
  • teaching and learning responsibility (TLR) payments – additional money if you take on more responsibilities

There are two main ranges for TLR payments – TLR 1 and TLR 2. If you take on sustained extra responsibilities, you could be eligible for a salary uplift within one of these ranges, depending on the category your duties come under:

TLR 1 maxTLR 1 minTLR 2 maxTLR 2 min
£12,770£7,546£6,386£2,613
TLR 1 max£12,770
TLR 1 min£7,546
TLR 2 max£6,386
TLR 2 min£2,613

Becoming a teacher doesn’t just offer you financial reward. You’ll get the chance to make a difference to students’ lives on a daily basis – visit our rewards of teaching section for more information.

 

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