Government unveils updated teacher pay scales

2019-10-08

Updated teacher and school leadership pay scales for the current academic year have been finalised by the Department for Education.


The new pay scale figures are applicable from 1 September 2019 and reflect the 2.75% increase that was suggested by the DfE in July this year.


All local authority-maintained schools must follow the updated pay rates, although free schools and academies can decide to set their own levels as they see fit.


The pay scales vary geographically, with greater and central London having different pay rates to the rest of England and Wales.


Teacher pay scales

Teachers across the country can now expect to earn between £17,682 and £27,965 on the regular pay range, between £23,373 and £35,971 on the main pay range and from £37,654 to £40,480 if they are in the upper pay range.


Leading practitioners can expect to have a salary anywhere between £41,267 and £62,735.


In outer London, those figures rise to a minimum of £21,004 and a maximum of £31,290 on the regular scale, to £28,355 and £40,035 on the main pay range and to £41,419 and £44,541 in the upper pay range.


Again, staff classed as leading practitioners can expect to earn between £44,541 and £66,012.


The pay scales for inner London are higher still, with the regular pay range having a minimum of £22,237 and a maximum of £32,515.


Those on the main and upper pay scales in the central part of the capital can expect to earn between £30,480 and £41,483 and £45,713 and £49,571 respectively, with leading practitioners earning from £49,065 up to £70,540.


 

Regular

Main

Upper

Leading Practitioners

 

Min

Max

Min

Max

Min

Max

Min

Max

England & Wales

£17,682

£27,965

£23,373

£35,971

£37,564

£40,480

£41,267

£62,735

Outer London

£21,004

£31,290

£28,355

£40,035

£41,419

£44,451

£44,451

£66,012

Inner London

£22,237

£32,515

£30,480

£41,483

£45,713

£49,571

£49,065

£70,540

 

Headteacher and school leader pay scales

The pay scales for school leaders and headteachers are calculated differently, with pay ranges given according to a leadership grouping, which rises from one to eight.


Across England and Wales, a member of staff with a group of one can expect to earn between £46,457 and £61,808, while a headteacher or school leader in group eight can expect a salary of between £79,748 and £114,060.


As with the teacher pay, the scales for headteachers and school leaders are also higher for staff in outer and inner London.


For those in outer London, the scale for group one is from £49,714 and £65,038 and for group eight it is £83,007 and £117,287.


That compares to inner London, where staff in group one can expect a salary of between £54,223 and £69,499 and from £87,512 to £121,749 in group eight.


 

England & Wales

Outer London

Inner London

Group

Min

Max

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

£46,457

£61,808

£49,714

£65,038

£54,223

£69,499

2

£48,808

£66,517

£52,067

£69,747

£56,576

£74,208

3

£52,643

£71,590

£55,898

£74,816

£60,404

£79,280

4

£56,579

£77,048

£59,833

£80,272

£64,344

£84,731

5

£62,426

£84,976

£65,689

£88,206

£70,194

£92,667

6

£67,183

£93,732

£70,445

£96,957

£74,949

£101,421

7

£72,306

£103,334

£75,564

£106,558

£80,074

£111,020

8

£79,748

£114,060

£83,007

£117,287

£87,512

£121,749

 

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