Teachers' salaries

Most teachers are employed on contracts which are directly linked to the salary scales in the relevant employment agreement.

When you're first appointed to a teaching position your entry salary will be assessed by the Ministry of Education, taking into account your academic qualifications including any recognised teaching qualifications, any teaching experience and any relevant work experience. For secondary teachers, relevant work experience will be assessed provided the work was undertaken after completing a recognised and appropriate vocational qualification that is at least at Level 4 on the NZ Qualifications Framework.

There is a wide variety of early childhood education services and remuneration varies greatly. Salaries may be covered by a collective agreement or negotiated on an individual basis. The Kindergarten Association, however, has a collective contract that includes a salary scale. You can see this agreement at www.nzei.org.nz.

For more information on teachers’ pay, allowances and qualifications visit the Ministry of Education website.

Overview

Early Learning

There is a wide variety of Early Learning and ECE services and remuneration varies greatly. Salaries may be covered by a collective agreement or negotiated on an individual basis.

Primary and Secondary

Primary and secondary teachers' pay rates are competitive. The following information can be used as a guide.

Trained primary teacher entry salaries are:

  • $48,410 for those with a Bachelor's teaching degree.
  • $52,736 for those with a Bachelor's degree (not a teaching degree) and a recognised teaching qualification.
  • $54,796 for those with a Level 8 specialist/subject qualification and a recognised teaching qualification.
  • $58,247 for those with a level 9 specialist/subject qualification and a recognised teaching qualification.

Trained primary teachers will be able to progress to the following salaries after seven years' service:

  • Up to $75,200 for those with a Bachelor's teaching degree
  • Up to $80,500 for those with a Bachelor's degree/Masters/PhD (not a teaching degree) and a recognised teaching qualification.
  • Trained secondary teacher entry salaries are:
  • $52,736 for those who hold Level 7 specialist/subject qualification (the qualification must have at least 72 credits at Level 7) and a recognised teaching qualification.
  • $54,796 for those with a Level 8 specialist/subject qualification and a recognised teaching qualification.
  • $58,247 for those with a level 9 specialist/subject qualification and a recognised teaching qualification.
  • Trained secondary teachers will be able to progress to the following salary after seven years' service:
  • Up to $80,500. Teachers with Masters or PhD qualifications and a recognised teaching qualification may take less time to reach this maximum.

Trained secondary teacher entry salaries are:

  • $52,736 for those who hold Level 7 specialist/subject qualification (the qualification must have at least 72 credits at Level 7) and a recognised teaching qualification.
  • $54,796 for those with a Level 8 specialist/subject qualification and a recognised teaching qualification.
  • $58,247 for those with a level 9 specialist/subject qualification and a recognised teaching qualification.

Trained secondary teachers will be able to progress to the following salary after seven years' service:

  • Up to $80,500. Teachers with Masters or PhD qualifications and a recognised teaching qualification may take less time to reach this maximum.

Salary progression

In order to progress up the salary scale a teacher must demonstrate that they have met the applicable professional standard. Their school's board of trustees (often delegated to the school principal) must attest that the teacher has met this standard.

Schools can also allocate 'units' to teachers in management positions or to those with extra responsibilities. Each unit is worth $4,000 and is paid on top of a teacher's base salary.

When you're first appointed to a teaching position your entry salary will be assessed by the Ministry of Education. The assessment takes into account your academic qualifications (including any recognised teaching qualifications), any teaching experience and any relevant work experience. (For secondary teachers, relevant work experience will be assessed provided the work was undertaken after completing a recognised and appropriate vocational qualification that is at least at Level 4 on the NZQF).

More information

For more information on teachers' pay, allowances and qualifications visit the Ministry of Education's website here.

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