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 rise.

As a newly qualified teacher, you’ll begin on a salary of at least £25,714, or £32,157 in Inner London. As you rise up the pay ranges, you could earn as much as £125,098 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 2020/2021 (revised annually)

 England and Wales
(excluding London and fringes)
Inner LondonOuter LondonLondon fringe
Headteachers
Max£117,197£125,098£120,513£118,356
Min£47,735£55,715£51,082£48,901
Leading practitioners
Max£64,461£72,480£67,828£65,631
Min£42,402£50,415£45,766£43,570
Upper pay ranges
Max£41,604£50,935£45,766£42,780
Min£38,690£46,971£42,559£39,864
Main pay ranges
Max£36,961£42,624£41,136£38,174
Min£25,714£32,157£29,915£26,948
Unqualified teachers
Max£28,735£33,410£32,151£29,924
Min£18,169£22,849£21,582£19,363
England and Wales (excluding London and fringes)
Headteachers
Max£117,197
Min£47,735
Leading practitioners
Max£64,461
Min£42,402
Upper pay ranges
Max£41,604
Min£38,690
Main pay ranges
Max£36,961
Min£25,714
Unqualified teachers
Max£28,735
Min£18,169
Inner London
Headteachers
Max£125,098
Min£55,715
Leading practitioners
Max£72,480
Min£50,415
Upper pay ranges
Max£50,935
Min£46,971
Main pay ranges
Max£42,624
Min£32,157
Unqualified teachers
Max£33,410
Min£22,849
Outer London
Headteachers
Max£120,513
Min£51,082
Leading practitioners
Max£67,828
Min£45,766
Upper pay ranges
Max£45,766
Min£42,559
Main pay ranges
Max£41,136
Min£29,915
Unqualified teachers
Max£32,151
Min£21,582
London fringe
Headteachers
Max£118,356
Min£48,901
Leading practitioners
Max£65,631
Min£43,570
Upper pay ranges
Max£42,780
Min£39,864
Main pay ranges
Max£38,174
Min£26,948
Unqualified teachers
Max£29,924
Min£19,363
 

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 £2,270 and no more than £4,479 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
£14,030£8,291£7,017£2,873
TLR 1 max£14,030
TLR 1 min£8,291
TLR 2 max£7,017
TLR 2 min£2,873