Pay and benefits

Teacher salaries and benefits in Queensland are based on the current awards and agreements for public sector employees.

How much can I earn as a teacher?

The annual commencing salary in Education is $70,000 

Teacher salaries are determined by years of service, qualifications and prior teaching and/or industry experience.

For a permanent or temporary beginning teacher with a four year degree, the base salary in Queensland state schools is approximately $70,000 per year.

Casual teachers in Queensland state schools are paid approximately $76 per hour.

As you progress along your career path, the following approximate base salaries apply:

  • Senior teachers: $97,297
  • Experienced senior teachers: $101,000
  • Heads of Curriculum: $106,431
  • Heads of Department: $111,540
  • Principals: $112,656
  • Executive Principals, the leaders of our largest and most complex schools, are paid a base salary of approximately $170,428 per year.

For more details, download the salary classification levels (XLS, 1​86KB)​. On completion of a four year degree, beginning teachers start on Band 2. Each step on the pay scale is equivalent to a full year of teaching service.

Leave entitlements and benefits

The department provides state school teachers with a wide variety of leave entitlements. This ensures teachers maintain a healthy balance between their professional and personal lives.

The major types of leave available include:

  • sick leave
  • long service leave of 1.3 weeks for each year of continuous service, which can be accessed after seven years
  • paid parental leave, including maternity, paternity, surrogacy and adoption leave
  • leave for study and examination purposes
  • special leave for absences of specific purposes, such as compassionate grounds, sporting competitions or jury duty
  • unpaid extended special leave of three years, or seven years for family responsibility reasons.

Other rewards and benefits include:

Check out our range of scholarships and grants on offer to help support your teaching journey.

Last updated 29 January 2019

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audiences are warned that the following content may contain images of deceased persons.

We acknowledge the traditional owners and custodians of this land.