You may be surprised by how rewarding a teaching career can be. With starting salaries matching what you'd receive in many other professions, your experience and performance can see you achieve rapid progression, and enjoy the financial rewards to match.
Schools now have the freedom to develop pay policies that are tailored to their needs and circumstances, and that enable them to attract and retain those teachers that have the greatest impact on their pupils.
Schools can decide how much they pay a teacher and how quickly pay progresses, enabling the most successful teachers to progress faster on the basis of annual appraisals.
Once you have completed your initial teacher training (ITT) and achieved qualified teacher status (QTS), you can expect to start as a newly qualified teacher (NQT) in England and Wales on a minimum of £21,804 a year (or £27,270 if you work in inner London).
Main pay ranges, including NQTs:
- London fringe: £22,853 to £32,914
- Outer London: £25,369 to £35,468
- Inner London: £27,270 to £36,751
- Rest of England and Wales: £21,804 to £31,868
View definitions of the London fringe, outer London, and inner London
Find out more about the reforms to teachers' pay in the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document 2013 (PDF, 1.1MB)
Head teacher and leading practitioner pay ranges
For the first few years of your career, you might find yourself progressing to a higher pay range. These pay ranges could include:
- head teacher pay ranges
- leading practitioner pay ranges
- upper pay ranges
Where you fit into these ranges will depend on your performance, position, experience and location, as well as on your individual school. Compare pay ranges
In addition to your basic salary, you will also receive a range of benefits, including:
- teaching and learning responsibility (TLR) payments – additional money if you take on additional responsibilities
- teachers' pension – the second largest public sector pension scheme in the country
- holidays – more days than many people in other professions, though teachers work for 195 days per year in school, and do some work during their holidays