Pay Scales

UK Teacher Pay Scales

The salary of a teacher depends on position, experience and location, with rates of pay differing across England and Wales, Inner London, Outer London and the Fringe Area.

As of September 2014, the Department of Education advised that pay progression should be linked to performance, giving schools more freedom to develop their own pay policies. The department still publish pay ranges that serve as a recommendation for decision makers to adopt if they wish to.

With pay increases no longer being linked to length of time served, teachers must now have a successful performance appraisal conducted by their Senior Leaders in order to progress to a higher salary range.

Although only a recommendation, the Pay Ranges issued by the Department of Education serve as a good starting point for school decision makers. A Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) in England and Wales will start on M1 of the Main Pay Scale, earning at least £22,444 or £27,819 in Inner London. In order to move up each point on the Main Pay Range, a teacher will have to undergo a performance appraisal until the highest range M6 has been reached.

A teacher on M6 can apply to ascend to the Upper Pay Scale providing that they have met the conditions of substantial achievement and competence in teaching standards.

Teachers can also earn Teaching & Learning Responsibility Payments (TLRs). These payments are for teachers who have additional management or leadership duties within their educational setting. TLR1 is the highest band, with levels ranging from TLR1a at £7,546 to TLR1c at £12,770. The TLR2 band offers £2,613 for TLR2a and £4,359. The TLR3 payment was introduced in 2014 and can be no less than £517 or greater than £2577.

Headteachers, Deputy Headteachers and Assistant Headteachers are salaried on the leadership pay range. L1 is the starting point, offering at least £38,598 in England and Wales, and ends on L43 at £114,437.