Teachers: Average Earnings

Department for Education written question – answered on 22nd March 2018.

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Photo of Lucy Powell Lucy Powell Labour/Co-operative, Manchester Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average salary of a trainee (a) early years, (b) primary school, (c) secondary school and (d) special school teacher was in each year since September 2013.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

The information requested is not held centrally for teachers going through Initial Teacher Training (ITT).

Statutory guidance for accredited ITT providers, including for employment-based ITT routes where trainee teachers earn a salary whilst they train: “For the period of training all applicants must be employed as unqualified teachers at a school, and (except applicants employed in academies or independent schools) must be paid in accordance with at least point one on the unqualified teachers’ pay scale for the period of their training”.

The minimum of the unqualified teachers’ pay range is specified in the school teachers’ pay and conditions document. The below table shows this for each year from 2013 to 2017. Employment-based trainees who are employed in maintained schools must be paid at least the minimum of this range. Academies or independent schools are not required to follow this range, although they may choose to do so.

Minimum of unqualified teacher pay range – 2013 to 2017

England and Wales

(excluding the

London Area) £

Inner

London

Area £

Outer

London

Area £

Fringe

Area £

Minimum from 1 September 2013

15,976

20,092

18,977

17,025

Minimum from 1 September 2014

16,136

20,293

19,167

17,196

Minimum from 1 September 2015

16,298

20,496

19,359

17,368

Minimum from 1 September 2016

16,461

20,701

19,553

17,542

Minimum from 1 September 2017

16,626

20,909

19,749

17,718

Source: School teachers' pay and conditions documents

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