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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.

Starting salary

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)

Teaching benefits

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

Salary ranges

England and Wales (excluding London and fringes) Inner London Outer London London fringe
Head teachers
Max £106,148 £113,303 £109,151 £107,199
Min £42,803 £49,961 £45,805 £43,851
Leading practitioners
Max £57,520 £64,677 £60,525 £58,565
Min £37,836 £44,986 £40,838 £38,878
Upper pay ranges
Max £37,124 £45,450 £40,838 £38,173
Min £34,523 £41,912 £37,975 £35,571
Main pay ranges
Max £31,868 £36,751 £35,468 £32,914
Min £21,804 £27,270 £25,369 £22,853
Unqualified teachers
Max £25,267 £29,379 £28,272 £26,313
Min £15,976 £20,092 £18,977 £17,025

Teaching and learning responsibility (TLR) payment

An additional payment to a teacher for taking on sustained additional responsibilities:

TLR 1 max £12,517
TLR 1 min £7,397
TLR 2 max £6,259
TLR 2 min


Special educational needs (SEN) allowance

An additional payment is available for taking on SEN responsibilities. An SEN allowance of no less than £2,022 and no more than £3,994 per annum is payable to a classroom teacher.