Salaries

Most teachers are employed on contracts which are directly linked to the salary scales in the relevant Employment Agreement. Refer to the links on the right hand side of this page for more information about employment agreements. The following information can be used as a guide.

Early childhood teacher salaries

There is a wide variety of early childhood education services and remuneration varies greatly and many early childhood centres set their own salaries. Salaries are either covered by a collective agreement, or they may be negotiated on an individual basis. The Kindergarten Association, however, does have a collective contract which includes a salary scale. You can access this agreement at www.nzei.org.nz.

Primary teacher salaries

How much will I get paid as a primary teacher?

The following information is a guide only. When you’re first appointed to a teaching position, your entry salary will be assessed by the Ministry of Education, taking into account your qualifications, any teaching experience you may have and/or any relevant work experience.

The current starting salary for a primary school teacher with a Bachelor’s teaching degree is $47,980. The current starting salary for a primary school teacher with a Bachelor’s degree (not a teaching degree) and a recognised teaching qualification is $49,588.

For trained teachers with a Level 8 specialist/subject qualification the starting salary is $51,508 while for trained teachers with a Level 9 specialist/subject qualification and a recognised teaching qualification the starting salary is $54,330.

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

Teachers with a Bachelor's teaching degree can progress up to $71,891 after seven years’ service. Teachers with a Bachelor’s degree (not a teaching degree) and a recognised teaching qualification can progress up to $75,949 after seven years’ service.

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.

Higher qualifications, such as a subject or specialist degree/Master/PhD held in addition to a teaching qualification, can lead to a higher starting salary and enable progression to the top of the scale sooner. The top of the primary teachers’ salary scale is currently $75,949.

Secondary teacher salaries

How much will I get paid as a secondary teacher?

The following information is a guide only. When you’re first appointed to a teaching position, your entry salary will be assessed by the Ministry of Education. This assessment will take into account your qualifications, any teaching experience you may have and/or any relevant work experience, provided the work was undertaken after completing a recognised and appropriate vocational qualification that is at least at Level 4 on the NZQF.

The current starting salary for a trained secondary school teacher with a Level 7 subject or specialist qualification on the NZQF is $51,200. For trained teachers with a Level 8 specialist/subject qualification the starting salary is $53,200, while for trained teachers with a Level 9 specialist/subject qualification the starting salary is $56,550.

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

Most trained teachers can progress up to $78,000 after seven years’ service. Trained teachers with Masters or PhD qualifications may take less time to reach this maximum.

Secondary 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.

Higher subject or specialist qualifications can lead to a higher starting salary, enabling progression to the top of the scale sooner.

New Zealand taxation system

For the latest income tax rates and information on the New Zealand tax system, go to www.ird.govt.nz.

GST (Goods and Services Tax) of 15 percent is levied on all goods and services.

Overseas teachers should apply for an IRD number as soon as a job offer is confirmed. If you wait until starting your job, you are likely to be taxed at the non-declaration rate.

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