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How much are teachers paid in the UK?

Teaching is a very important profession and matters related to teaching and teachers should be treated carefully without any political influence. There is no doubt that at this point in time, teachers are being paid well, Campaigners said that teachers are being paid higher than the average UK salary of £25,600 despite some claims that they are underpaid.

In terms of funding, an analysis carried out in 2018 by the Institute for fiscal studies established that school funding is a lot higher than it was in the past 20 years, saying that more money has been spent on hiring teaching assistants.

Newly qualified teacher (NQT) salary

As a newly qualified teacher in England and Wales, your salary will start from the lowest point in the salary scale for classroom teachers which is within the range of £23,720 to £29,664 depending on your exact location but teachers in London get higher pays.  In Scotland, NQT are employed on probationary contract with a salary of £22,866 while in Northern Ireland, the minimum salary is £22,243.

Qualified teacher salary

After being employed as an NQT, you will be remunerated according to your level of excellence which also increases the salary potential.  Salaries vary from the main rate to the higher upper rate and these rates differ across the UK. The rates are regionally approximated as:

  • London fringes – £24,859 to £41,268,
  • Outer London £27,596 to £43,348
  • Inner London £29,664 to £47,751
  • Scotland – £27,438 to £36,480
  • Northern Ireland – £22,243 to £37,870
  • England and Wales – £23,720 to £35,008

Unqualified teacher salary

An unqualified teacher is one who has not been awarded the qualified teacher status through an accredited program or body. These group of teachers’ salary is guided by a six-point pay scale that is coordinated by the government’s school teachers’ review body. The teachers rank is dependent on the discretion of the academy that employed him or her.

The 6 point scale is as follows:

  • Northern Irish unqualified teachers will expect a salary of £14,151.
  • England and Wales is £17,208 to £27,216
  • London rates vary at roughly £1,000 (fringes) to 4,000 (inner).

Supply teacher salary

Teachers in England and Wales offer 3 rates, which are – Unqualified – £16,626 to £26,295, Main – £22,917 to £33,824, Upper – £35,927 to £38,663. These teachers are paid on a daily rate and the rates are derived by dividing annual pay by 195days, supply teachers in London get higher pay up £47,298 per annum.

Headteacher salary

Headteachers get the highest teaching salaries which go as follows:

  • England and Wales – £45,213 to £111,007
  • Scotland – £45,111 to £88,056
  • Northern Ireland – £43,664 to £108,282.
  • London – £46,318 to £118,490

Pay varies between public and state schools depending on age and number of pupils enrolled in the school.

Teaching assistant salary

Teaching assistant salaries fall between £11,500 and £14,000 while Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTA) can get as much as £17,000 to £23,000.

Additional payments and benefits

Many teachers enjoy benefits like:

  • Special education needs (SEN) allowance – for working as a qualified teacher of SEN pupils, ranging between £2,149 and £4,242 per annum.
  • Teaching and learning responsibility (TLR) payments – for taking on more responsibilities within the role, ranging from £2,721 to £13,288 per annum.


Teaching is a lucrative profession which comes with a lot of benefits, they close from work earlier than other workers and are on vacation more than others. Even though their job requires a lot of mental and physical involvement, the remuneration is proportionate to the responsibility.

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