How much are teachers paid?

While becoming a teacher has many rewards that cannot be measured financially, a common question for those considering a teaching career is how much will I be paid when I become a teacher?

The annual commencing salary in Education ($66,000) is higher than Engineering ($62,000*), Medicine ($60,000*), Law ($53,000*), Psychology ($49,900*) and Veterinary Science ($46,300*). *Median starting salaries of bachelor degree graduates in first full-time employment and aged less than 25, by field of education and sector of employment, 2014. http://www.graduatecareers.com.au/research/researchreports/graduatesalaries/ 

The current full-time beginning teacher salary in Queensland is approximately $67,600 per year.

This is one of the highest starting salaries in Australia for graduate teachers who hold a four year degree.

Compared with graduate salaries in other industries, the annual commencing salary in Education is higher than:

  •  Medicine ($65,000*)
  • Engineering ($60,000*)
  • Law ($55,000*)
  • Psychology ($50,000*)
  • and Veterinary Science ($50,000*).

*Median starting salaries of bachelor degree graduates in first full-time employment and aged less than 25, by field of education and sector of employment, 2015. Graduate Careers Australia website.

Teaching salaries are based on the current awards and agreements. As you move through your teaching career, salary is determined by years of service, qualifications and promotional levels.

Find out more about pay and benefits.

Additional support

For those interested in teaching in high priority rural and remote regions there are additional financial incentives and benefits available. Depending on the location, these incentives take the form of cash benefits, extended and additional leave entitlements, subsidised housing and generous transfer and relocation expense assistance.

Last updated 27 July 2017

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