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 £23,720, or £29,664 in inner London. As you rise up the pay ranges, you could earn as much as £118,490 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.

View the table below for teachers’ pay ranges for 2018/2019 (revised annually)

 England and Wales
(excluding London and fringes)
Inner LondonOuter LondonLondon fringe
Headteachers
Max£111,007£118,490£114,147£112,105
Min£45,213£52,771£48,383£46,318
Leading practitioners
Max£61,005£68,652£64,245£62,164
Min£40,162£47,751£43,348£41,268
Upper pay ranges
Max£39,406£48,244£43,348£40,520
Min£36,646£44,489£40,310£37,758
Main pay ranges
Max£35,008£40,372£38,963£36,157
Min£23,720£29,664£27,596£24,859
Unqualified teachers
Max£27,216£31,644£30,452£28,343
Min£17,208£21,641£20,441£18,339
England and Wales (excluding London and fringes)
Headteachers
Max£111,007
Min£45,213
Leading practitioners
Max£61,055
Min£40,162
Upper pay ranges
Max£39,406
Min£36,646
Main pay ranges
Max£35,008
Min£23,720
Unqualified teachers
Max£27,216
Min£17,208
Inner London
Headteachers
Max£118,490
Min£52,771
Leading practitioners
Max£68,652
Min£48,751
Upper pay ranges
Max£48,244
Min£44,489
Main pay ranges
Max£40,372
Min£29,664
Unqualified teachers
Max£31,644
Min£21,641
Outer London
Headteachers
Max£114,147
Min£48,383
Leading practitioners
Max£64,245
Min£43,348
Upper pay ranges
Max£43,348
Min£40,310
Main pay ranges
Max£38,963
Min£27,596
Unqualified teachers
Max£30,452
Min£20,441
London fringe
Headteachers
Max£112,105
Min£46,318
Leading practitioners
Max£62,164
Min£41,268
Upper pay ranges
Max£40,520
Min£37,758
Main pay ranges
Max£36,157
Min£24,859
Unqualified teachers
Max£28,343
Min£18,339

Additional rewards

There are other great benefits available including:

  • holidays – you’ll get more days than many people in other professions, though full-time 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 become 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 £2,149 and no more than £4,242 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
£13,288£7,853£6,646£2,721
TLR 1 max£13,288
TLR 1 min£7,853
TLR 2 max£6,646
TLR 2 min£2,721

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.