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 Industrial Relations Commission website.


School-based positions

From January 1 each year from 2017 to 2019 inclusive, the base salary – or, where applicable – minimum starting salary for teachers of various classifications in NSW government schools is legislated to be:

  2017 2018 2019

Classroom teacher Band 1 (Graduate) – Salary Step 5 on the Common Incremental Salary Scale

$65,608

$67,208

$68,929

Classroom teacher Band 2 (Proficient) – Salary Step 9 on the Common Incremental Salary Scale

$79,130

$81,108

$83,136

Classroom teacher Band 2.3 – Salary Step 13 (highest step available) on the Common Incremental Salary Scale

$97,853

$100,299

$102,806

Classroom teacher Band 3 (Highly Accomplished)

$104,154

$106,758

$109,427

Head Teacher High School

$112,614

$115,429

$118,315

High School Deputy Principal

$131,484

$134,771

$138,140

Primary school principal (PP1: 701+ students)

$157,277

$161,209

$165,239

High school principal (Grade 1)

$168,181

$172,386

$176,696




Non-school-based positions

As a sample of salaries for non-school-based teaching positions in NSW, from January 1 each year from 2017 to 2019 inclusive, is legislated to be:

 

2017

2018

2019

Principal education officer

$146,618

$150,283

$154,040

Senior education officer [highest classification]

$132,141

$135,445

$138,831