Salary of a teacher

The starting salary for teachers in NSW public schools is not only above the average salary for new graduates, but one of the highest starting salaries in Australia. Teachers first employed or reemployed in 2016 will commence on the new standards based pay structure according to their level of accreditation. Graduates can earn $65,608 plus superannuation in their first year of teaching and may see themselves reaching a higher salary band as a classroom teacher of up to $104,154 in a shorter period of time.

Comparison of graduate earnings

Below is a comparison table of first year earnings by graduate sector*:



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*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 Salaries Report, Graduate Careers Australia.

Other financial benefits

Teachers in some rural and remote NSW public schools, including high-demand locations, receive additional financial benefits such as relocation subsidies and generous rental subsidies. Use our benefits calculator to find out which benefits apply for teachers employed at specific schools.

Salary packaging is also available to eligible NSW public school teachers, allowing them to maximize their disposable income by receiving part of their pre-tax pay in the form of benefits rather than receiving it all in salary. Benefits may include motor vehicles, computers, mobile phones and superannuation payments. Find out more about salary packing and other financial benefits on the department's website.

Career progression

The salaries of NSW public school leaders reflect the increased levels of responsibility. Assistant principals and head teachers, for example, earn a minimum of $112,614 and deputy principals earn a minimum of $131,484. A principal of a large high school earns up to 173,337 while an Executive Principal of a Connected Communities school earns a minimum of $185,845. All figures are current as at 1 January 2017. Additional salary information can be found on the Department of education staff awards and conditions webpage.

Casual teaching rates

Casual teachers with a graduate level of accreditation are paid a minimum daily rate of $339.36 and teachers with a proficient level of accreditation are paid a minimum daily rate of $409.29 (current as of 1 January 2017). Find out more about casual teaching in NSW public schools.