Salary of a teacher

The NSW Department of Education offers competitive salaries for teachers. Learn more about the teaching award and salaries for teachers in NSW public schools.

Comparison of graduate earnings

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

Teaching Accounting Engineering IT Law Psychology
$72,263 $47,000 $82,000 $65,000 $60,000 $60,000

*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, 2020, Salary Guide, Hays Australia and New Zealand.

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 maximise 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 packaging and other financial benefits.

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 $124,038 and deputy principals earn a minimum of $144,822. A principal of a large high school earns up to $185,242 while an Executive Principal of a Connected Communities school earns a minimum of $204,697 (current as of 01 February 2021). Additional salary information can be found on the staff awards and conditions webpage.

Casual teaching rates

Casual teachers with a graduate-level of accreditation are paid a minimum daily rate of $373.78 and teachers with a proficient level of accreditation are paid a minimum daily rate of $450.81 (current as of 01 February 2021). Find out more about casual teaching in NSW public schools.

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