Schools develop their own pay policies to attract and retain teachers that have the greatest impact on their pupils’ learning. What you’re paid will be linked to performance, not length of service - meaning your salary can move forward in line with your career.

Qualified teachers

As a newly qualified teacher you could earn between £25,714 and £32,157 depending on where you teach.

As you progress in your teaching career, it’s possible to move up through these pay ranges:

Area Minimum Maximum
Inner London £32,157 £50,953
Outer London £29,915 £45,766
London fringe £26,948 £42,780
The rest of England and Wales £25,714 £41,604

Newly qualified teacher benefits

A new 2-year package to support teachers at the start of their career, based on the Early Career Framework, launches nationally in September 2021.

The support package includes:

  • funded 5% time off timetable in the second year of teaching, in addition to the existing 10% in the first year
  • a range of high-quality, freely available curricula and training materials underpinned by the Early Career Framework
  • funded training for mentors of early career teachers
  • funded time for mentors to support early career teachers

Teaching and learning responsibility (TLR) payments

If you take on extra ongoing responsibilities in your role, you could get a salary uplift.

There are two main ranges for these (TLR 1 and TLR 2), depending on the category your duties come under:

Level Minimum Maximum
TLR 1 £8,291 £14,030
TLR 2 £2,873 £7,017

Factors that apply to awarding TLRs include impact on educational progress beyond the teacher’s assigned pupils. It may also involve leading, developing and enhancing the teaching practice of others.

Holidays

You’ll get more days than people in many other professions. Full-time teachers work for 195 days per year in school.

Teachers’ Pension Scheme

The Teachers’ Pension Scheme gives you a regular source of income when you retire. It is:

  • based on your salary and service rather than investments
  • registered with HM Revenue and Customs - so your contributions are tax-free
  • flexible and allows you to take some of it as a tax-free lump sum

Find out more from Teachers’ Pensions

Career progression

Leading practitioners

A Leading Practitioner is an excellent and highly skilled teacher who consistently demonstrates the highest standards of classroom practice. They share their skills and experience through the coaching, mentoring and induction of teachers, including trainees and newly qualified teachers (NQTs).

In this role you could earn between £42,402 and £72,480 depending on where you teach.

Area Minimum Maximum
Inner London £50,415 £72,480
Outer London £45,766 £67,828
London fringe £43,570 £65,631
The rest of England and Wales £42,402 £64,461

Headteachers

Headteachers lead, motivate and manage staff. In this role you will earn between £47,735 to £125,098 depending on where you teach.

Area Minimum Maximum
Inner London £55,715 £125,098
Outer London £51,082 £120,513
London fringe £48,901 £118,356
The rest of England and Wales £47,735 £117,197

Other leadership team positions

Headteachers work with other leadership teachers. The average salary for leadership teachers (excluding headteachers) in 2019 was £54,911.

Unqualified teachers

As an unqualified teacher you could earn between £18,169 and £33,410 depending on where you teach and your level of experience.

Area Minimum Maximum
Inner London £22,849 £33,410
Outer London £21,582 £32,151
London fringe £19,363 £29,924
The rest of England and Wales £18,169 £28,735