Salary prospects for teachers
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.
- Find out more from our advice on getting a teaching job in Northern Ireland
- Find out more from our advice on getting a teaching job in Scotland
What is the pay scale for teachers?
A newly qualified teacher (NQT) in England and Wales earns a minimum of £22,917 a year (or £28,660 if you work in inner London). These figures are revised annually.
Main pay ranges, including NQTs:
- London fringe: £24,018 to £34,934
- Outer London: £26,662 to £37,645
- Inner London: £28,660 to £39,006
- Rest of England and Wales: £22,917 to £33,824
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 £19,258 to £23,497 as an unqualified FE teacher or £24,202 to £36,524 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 £24,000.
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.