Teacher Salary UK – How Much do Teachers Get Paid?

Teacher Salary UK – How Much do Teachers Get Paid?

The question of how much a teacher earns is not one that has a straightforward answer. There are several different factors that can influence the amount that they can earn. This includes the experience they have, the role that is carried out within the school and where the school is located.

Salary Of A Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT)

Newly qualified teachers generally receive the lowest salaries on the scale, although these will increase as they become more experienced. The average salary for an NQT is £25,714 to £32,157 depending on where they are based. Higher rates will be paid to those working in London.

The situation is slightly different in Scotland. New teachers are classed as probationers rather than NQTs. While they are on probation, they will earn £27,498. Newly qualified teachers in Northern Ireland will earn £22,243.

Salary Of A Qualified Teacher

There are different scales for the salaries of qualified teachers. After they have passed the NQT stage, moving up the scale tends to be based on performance. The salaries associated with these different stages will vary in different parts of the UK.

  • England and Wales from £25,714 to £50,935. London tends to have higher salaries than other areas of the country.
  • Scotland from £32,994 to £41,412.
  • Northern Ireland from £22,243 to £37,870.

Teachers that can prove they have an excellent command in the classroom will be able to apply for Lead Practitioner Accreditation and these teachers are paid a higher salary than those without the accreditation.

Salary Of An Unqualified Teacher

A teacher that has not obtained Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) can sometimes work in a school while they are completing their training. There is a six-point scale for unqualified teachers which is determined by the School Teacher’s Review Body. However, it is the school where they are employed that will decide which point of the scale they should be paid at. It is possible to move up the scale based on performance.

Salaries for unqualified teachers in England and Wales range from £18,169 to £28,735. Higher rates will be paid to teachers in London. In Northern Ireland the salary of an unqualified teacher can start from $14,151.

Salary Of A Supply Teacher

The amount of money that a supply teacher will earn will depend on their level of experience. Rates for England and Wales are as follows. Teachers based in London will receive a higher rate.

  • Unqualified teachers from £18,169 to £28,735
  • Qualified supply teachers from £25,714 to £36,961
  • Upper level of pay from £38,690 to £41,604

The pay for supply teachers will often be worked out on a daily basis. This is because they may not work every day for the full school year.

Teachers in Northern Ireland will receive a similar rate to those above, while rates in Scotland are based on length of service.

Salary Of A Headteacher

Headteachers will generally earn the highest salaries of all teachers. This is the case all across the UK, although there are differences in pay in the different countries.

  • England from £47,735 to £125,098
  • Scotland from £51,207 to £98,808
  • Northern Ireland from £43,664 to £108,282

The salary that a headteacher will receive in a state school will depend on the number of pupils at the school and the age range that attends. Public schools will set their own salaries for their headteachers.

Teachers’ Pay Scales

Whatever job a person does in the school, there will be a pay scale for that role. These scales will follow the national system.

It is common in England, Wales and Northern Ireland for teachers who have just entered the profession to be paid at the lowest point on the scale. As they become more experienced, their performance and the experience they have gained will be used to determine whether they can move up the scale. In Scotland the situation is different because it is only years of service that can lead to moving up the pay scale.

These scales are predominantly used by state schools as private schools are able to set their own salaries for their staff. There is also no requirement for them to make these figures public. Private schools that belong to the Headmaster and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) or the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) are more likely to have salaries that are in the same range as state schools.

Additional Payments And Benefits

There are certain additional payments and benefits that some teachers may receive on top of their basic salary.

SEN (Special Educational Needs) allowance. If qualified teachers work with children with special needs then they may receive a premium on their wages worth between £2,270 and £4,479 per year.

TLR (Teaching and Learning Responsibility) payments. If teachers take on more responsibility within their role, then they can be paid an additional amount from £2,873 to £14,030 per year.

All teachers will automatically be enrolled into a pension scheme. Another benefit is that teachers have a 195 day working year, which is the amount of time that children are in school. However, in practice they do work more days than this because they often work at least some days during the school holidays.

Salary Of A Teaching Assistant

Teaching assistants do not have a national pay scale in the same way as teachers do. Their salary is set by the Local Education Authority. It is possible for teaching assistants in the same authority to be paid at different rates depending on their level of responsibility.

Teaching assistants that are at level one tend to have a starting salary of £15,000. This can rise to £21,000 for teaching assistants who are level two or three. Teaching assistants can complete a Higher Level Teaching Assistant qualification (HLTA) which can increase their salary to between £21,000 and £25,000.

Salary Of An Early Years Teacher

An Early Years Teacher (EYT) will not earn as much as those who teach older age groups. The starting salary tends to be between £16,000 and £18,000 per year. For those that are working in management roles, the salary can increase to £30,000.

Salary Of A Further Education Teacher

Salaries for further education teachers are recommended by the governing bodies of the further education organisations in the country they are working in. However, because these are only recommendations, institutions have the freedom to set their own salaries for their teaching staff.

Factors that influence the salary that a teacher will be paid include the location of the institution and the qualifications and experience they have, as well as the demand that there is for their subject. Unqualified further education teachers will have a starting salary of around £19,000 and this can rise to £24,000 when they become qualified. There are pay scales that can be worked up as their career progresses which can see the salary reach £42,000.