UK Teacher Pay Scales

Are you interested in starting a career in teaching but are unsure of how much teachers get paid? Then you're in the right place! In this blog post we explain how teacher pay scales work, while giving you a breakdown of how much you should be earning this year.

The same with any profession, how much you will be paid is determined on many different factors.

The key variables for teachers include:

  • The type of school you teach in (state maintained to independent)
  • Where the school is located (teachers that teach in state maintained schools in inner London receive a high salary than outside of London)
  • Your roles and responsibilities
  • Performance related pay

A Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) will start on the Main Pay Scale which ranges from M1 to M6. The rates of pay on each range point will differ across England & Wales, Fringe of London, Outer London and Inner London. With each new academic year, assuming teachers have performed at an acceptable standard, the salary will increase one point up the Main Pay Scale.

Once a teacher has reached M6, the top point on the Main Pay Scale, an application can be made to qualify for the Upper Pay Scale. Like the Main Pay Scale, a salary on the Upper Pay Scale will vary according to location. There are only three points on the Upper Pay Scale, starting at U1 and ending on U3.

To ascend one point on the Upper Pay Scale, performance is assessed and recommendations must be made by members of the teachers’ respective Senior Leadership Team; a teacher will not move up each academic year.

Teachers who take on extra management and leadership responsibilities may be salaried with a Teaching & Learning Responsibility (TLR) payment. The additional responsibility must fulfil a specific criteria set out by the Department of Education in order to qualify for the payment. A school can decide if a teacher will receive a TLR1 or TLR2 and this depends on the level of management responsibility and number of people the teacher is accountable for.

In September 2013, the Department of Education implemented a TLR3, which can be awarded to a teacher on a fixed-term contract.

It should be noted that there is currently a pay freeze for 2021/22 and therefore the pay scales will stay the same as 2020/21.

For a breakdown of what you should be earning check these guides below

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