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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.

As a newly qualified teacher you’ll begin on a salary of at least £22,467, or £28,098 in inner London. As you rise up the pay ranges, you could earn as much as £115,582 as a headteacher, in inner London.

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 2016/2017, and are revised annually.

Salary ranges:

 England and Wales
(excluding London and fringes)
Inner LondonOuter LondonLondon fringe
Headteachers
Max£108,283£115,582£111,346£109,354
Min£44,102£51,476£47,195£45,181
Leading practitioners
Max£59,264£66,638£62,361£60,341
Min£38,984£46,350£42,077£40,057
Upper pay ranges
Max£38,250£46,829£42,077£39,331
Min£35,571£43,184£39,127£36,650
Main pay ranges
Max£33,160£38,241£36,906£34,249
Min£22,467£28,098£26,139£23,547
Unqualified teachers
Max£26,034£30,270£29,130£27,112
Min£16,461£20,701£19,553£17,542
England and Wales (excluding London and fringes)
Headteachers
Max£108,283
Min£44,102
Leading practitioners
Max£59,264
Min£38,984
Upper pay ranges
Max£38,250
Min£35,571
Main pay ranges
Max£33,160
Min£22,467
Unqualified teachers
Max£26,034
Min£16,461
Inner London
Headteachers
Max£115,582
Min£51,476
Leading practitioners
Max£66,638
Min£46,350
Upper pay ranges
Max£46,829
Min£43,184
Main pay ranges
Max£38,241
Min£28,098
Unqualified teachers
Max£30,270
Min£20,701
Outer London
Headteachers
Max£111,346
Min£47,195
Leading practitioners
Max£62,361
Min£42,077
Upper pay ranges
Max£42,077
Min£39,127
Main pay ranges
Max£36,906
Min£26,139
Unqualified teachers
Max£29,130
Min£19,553
London fringe
Headteachers
Max£109,354
Min£45,181
Leading practitioners
Max£60,341
Min£40,057
Upper pay ranges
Max£39,331
Min£36,650
Main pay ranges
Max£34,249
Min£23,547
Unqualified teachers
Max£27,112
Min£17,542

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
  • a generous pension – when you’re employed as a teacher you’ll automatically be a member of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme
  • 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 £2,085 and no more than £4,116 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
£12,898£7,622£6,450£2,640
TLR 1 max£12,898
TLR 1 min£7,622
TLR 2 max£6,450
TLR 2 min£2,640

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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