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)
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
||England and Wales (excluding London and fringes)
|Upper pay ranges
|Main pay ranges
Teaching and learning responsibility (TLR) payment
An additional payment to a teacher for taking on sustained additional responsibilities:
|TLR 1 max
|TLR 1 min
|TLR 2 max
|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.