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Teaching and education
Salary prospects for teachers

Salary prospects for teachers

Find out what you can expect to earn as a newly qualified teacher in a state school in England and Wales.
Academies, city technology colleges and independent schools may offer different conditions.

Newly qualified teachers (NQTs) in state-maintained schools in England and Wales usually start their careers on the minimum rate of the main pay range.

Progression within the scale will be determined by schools. Academies, city technology colleges and independent schools may offer different conditions.

What is the pay scale for teachers?

A newly qualified teacher (NQT) in England and Wales earns a minimum of £22,467 a year (or £28,098 if you work in inner London).

Main pay ranges, including NQTs:

  • London fringe: £23,547 to £34,249
  • Outer London: £26,139 to £36,906
  • Inner London: £28,098 to £38,241
  • Rest of England and Wales: £22,467 to £33,160

Additional payments can be awarded for taking on additional responsibility. At all schools, there is flexibility to reward teachers based on their performance. Progression to the upper pay scale is available to all teachers.

Your starting salary should be stated in your written confirmation of appointment.

If you are working in the FE sector you can expect to earn £19,008 to £22,575 as an unqualified FE teacher or £23,952 to £36,162 as a qualified FE teacher. For more information, see the UCU salary scales.

Pay and conditions for early years teachers are set by employers. Starting salaries for early years teachers range from around £18,000 to £23,000.

Can you negotiate your starting pay?

Salary negotiation is possible depending on your subject, age range and the location of the school. However, most new teachers will start their teaching careers on the minimum for a qualified teacher.

Written by Sabrina Altariva, University of Northampton
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