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.

95% of newly qualified teachers (NQTs) are employed in a teaching role within six months of completing their training. As an NQT, you’ll begin on a salary of at least £22,917, or £28,660 in inner London. As you rise up the pay ranges, you could earn as much as £116,738 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 2017/2018, and are revised annually.

Salary ranges:

 England and Wales
(excluding London and fringes)
Inner LondonOuter LondonLondon fringe
Headteachers
Max£109,366£116,738£112,460£110,448
Min£44,544£51,991£47,667£45,633
Leading practitioners
Max£59,857£67,305£62,985£60,945
Min£39,374£46,814£42,498£40,458
Upper pay ranges
Max£38,633£47,298£42,498£39,725
Min£35,927£43,616£39,519£37,017
Main pay ranges
Max£33,824£39,006£37,645£34,934
Min£22,917£28,660£26,662£24,018
Unqualified teachers
Max£26,295£30,573£29,422£27,384
Min£16,626£20,909£19,749£17,718
England and Wales (excluding London and fringes)
Headteachers
Max£109,366
Min£44,544
Leading practitioners
Max£59,857
Min£39,374
Upper pay ranges
Max£38,633
Min£35,927
Main pay ranges
Max£33,824
Min£22,917
Unqualified teachers
Max£26,295
Min£16,626
Inner London
Headteachers
Max£116,738
Min£51,991
Leading practitioners
Max£67,305
Min£46,814
Upper pay ranges
Max£47,298
Min£43,616
Main pay ranges
Max£39,006
Min£28,660
Unqualified teachers
Max£30,573
Min£20,909
Outer London
Headteachers
Max£112,460
Min£47,667
Leading practitioners
Max£62,985
Min£42,498
Upper pay ranges
Max£42,498
Min£39,519
Main pay ranges
Max£37,645
Min£26,662
Unqualified teachers
Max£29,422
Min£19,749
London fringe
Headteachers
Max£110,448
Min£45,633
Leading practitioners
Max£60,945
Min£40,458
Upper pay ranges
Max£39,725
Min£37,017
Main pay ranges
Max£34,934
Min£24,018
Unqualified teachers
Max£27,384
Min£17,718

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 £2,106 and no more than £4,158 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
£13,027£7,699£6,515£2,667
TLR 1 max£13,027
TLR 1 min£7,699
TLR 2 max£6,515
TLR 2 min£2,667

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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