How much will I earn in teaching and education?

How much will I earn in teaching and education?
Find out about starting pay for qualified and unqualified teachers, how much you could earn as your career progresses and what salaries are like in education and care.

The starting salary for newly qualified teachers is currently around £22,000, rising to £27,543 in inner London. This compares favourably to the average starting pay for all graduates, which is around £20,000.

However, graduates who take up teaching jobs outside London are likely to find themselves on lower pay than their peers who take up jobs with big multinational employers. A recent survey carried out by the Association of Graduate Recruiters found that its members, which tend to be large graduate recruiters, were planning to offer graduate starting pay of £27,000 on average in 2014.

If you manage to get a teaching job without having the qualifications that are usually required (a degree plus a teacher training qualification), you can expect to be paid less. Unqualified teachers earn between £16,136 and £25,520.

What could I earn as my career in teaching progresses?

If you stay in the teaching profession, you could earn up to £114,437 – the maximum pay for a headteacher – depending on how your career develops. If you choose to specialise in teaching and become a leading practitioner rather than moving into a more managerial position, you could earn between £38,215 and £58,096. The leading practitioner role involves leading the development of teaching skills and supporting other teachers as well as continuing to teach your own classes.

There are also additional payments available to teachers who take on sustained additional responsibilities, worth up to £12,643. Teachers’ pay is reviewed regularly and is subject to negotiations between the teaching unions and the government.

Another benefit of going into teaching is having access to the teachers’ pension scheme and having more days’ holiday than many people in other professions, though in practice many teachers work during their holidays. They work in school for 195 days per year.

What could I earn as a teaching assistant?

There is not a nationally agreed pay structure for teaching assistants in the same way as there is for teachers. They typically earn between £12,500 and £15,500 a year. The type of contract they are employed on varies and this affects both pay and holiday entitlement. Teaching assistants on full-time permanent contracts can expect to get the school holidays as paid leave, but this is unlikely to be the case for those with term-time or casual contracts.

What could I earn in other jobs in education or care?

Broadly speaking, salaries in education are higher than in care-related roles. For example, a further education lecturer can earn anything from around £23,000 to more than £80,000 a year, while the starting salary for a school inspector is £64,000 a year.

Nursery workers typically start on around £10,000 to £14,000 a year, rising to around £22,000 with qualifications and experience. Similarly, playworkers can earn between £12,000 and £20,000 a year, rising to around £30,000 if they take on managerial responsibilities.

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