Teacher salaries

In Australia, teacher salaries are generally above the average weekly earnings and a beginning teacher's salary is above the average salary for new graduates. NSW teachers are among the best paid teachers in Australia. This page provides a sample of the available salaries.

The complete salary scale for teachers in NSW government primary schools, secondary and TAFE colleges – including allowances, special conditions and casual rates – can be found on the
NSW Department of Education and Communities (Salary and Allowances) website.


School-based positions

From January 1, 2013, the base salary – or, where applicable – minimum starting salary for teachers of various classifications in NSW government schools were as follows:

  2013

Four-year-trained teacher (eg BEd, BA/BTeach) – Salary Step 5

$59,706

Five-year-trained teacher (eg BA/MTeach, BSc/MTeach, BEd/BA, BEd/BSc) –
Salary Step 6

$62,777

Highest salary-scale classification of classroom teacher – Salary Step 13

$89,050

Subject head teacher in a secondary school

$102,482

Deputy principal (secondary school)

$119,654

Primary school principal (PP1: 701+ students)

$143,127

High school principal (Grade 1)

$153,050




Non-school-based positions

From January 1, 2013, the salaries for non-school-based teaching positions in NSW included:

 

2013

Principal education officer

$133,426

Senior education officer [highest classification]

$120,252