UK Teacher Pay Scales

The salary of a teacher depends on position, experience and location.

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.

It should be noted that as of September 2014, the Department of Education advised that pay progression should be linked to performance, changing the term from ‘Scale’ to ‘Range’. However, schools are still permitted to use the Scales previously set out as the foundation for the pay progression of teachers’.

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.