Teacher Salary Guide and Career Outlook

A teacher salary varies significantly based on the grade level and nature of the school. Teachers in the United States earn $44,964 per year, while for the same job in Canada the pay is more, about C$60,096 ($48,166) each year. Same professionals living in Australia, win even more, around AU$66,804 ($53,294) per year. While those from the UK make £27,995 ($39,042) annually.

People teaching in New Zealand earn NZ$50,300 ($36,917) each year, while those from South Africa win R187,751 ($15,502), and those from India barely make Rs 301,384 ($4,719) per year. In addition, individuals interested in being a teacher should know about typical benefits and the job outlook. The article below will cover these points in a clear and succinct manner.

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How Much Does a Teacher Make per Year by Country?

Teacher Salary US Canada UK Australia New Zealand India South Africa
Hourly Pay $11.78 C$20.00 ($16.03) £19.52 ($27.22) AU$28.50 ($22.74) NZ$24.18* ($17.75) Rs 144.89* ($2.27) R90.26 ($7.45)
Annual Pay $44,964 C$60,096 ($48,166) £27,995 ($39,042) AU$66,804 ($53,294) NZ$50,300 ($36,917) Rs 301,384 ($4,719) R187,751 ($15,502)

The (*) means that the hourly pay was extrapolated from the annual pay

Teacher Salary Influencing Factors

The teacher salary figures seen in this article are an average of all of the grade levels. Many factors including experience, industry, school district, and geographic location impact the teacher salary. All of the salary figures seen below are from Payscale.com.

1. Location

How Much Does a Teacher Make in the US?

Teacher Salary US Per Year Per Hour
Minimum $30,300 $8.88
Maximum $67,975 $22.67
Bonus $4,966 No additional pay
Overtime No additional pay $30.00
Total Pay $24,372 to $66,158

How Much Does a Teacher Make in Canada?

Teacher Salary Canada Per Year Per Hour
Minimum C$39,546 C$19.01*
Maximum C$94,751 C$45.55*
Bonus C$5,087 No additional pay
Overtime No additional pay No additional pay
Total Pay C$38,335 to C$94,853

The (*) means that the hourly rate was extrapolated from the annual pay.

How Much Does a Teacher Make in the UK?

Teacher Salary UK Per Year Per Hour
Minimum £20,462 £9.83
Maximum £39,625 £19.05
Bonus £1,000 No additional pay
Overtime No additional pay No additional pay
Total Pay £20,717 to £41,103

A (*) means that the hourly rate was extrapolated from the annual pay.

How Much Does a Teacher Make in Australia?

Teacher Salary Australia Per Year Per Hour
Minimum AU$44,042 AU$21.17
Maximum AU$103,299 AU$49.66
Bonus AU$1,700 No additional pay
Overtime No additional pay No additional pay
Total Pay AU$43,682 to AU$108,007

The (*) means that the hourly rate was extrapolated from the annual pay.

How Much Does a Teacher Make in New Zealand?

Teacher Salary New Zealand Per Year Per Hour
Minimum NZ$47,000 NZ$22.59*
Maximum NZ$70,000 NZ$33.65*
Bonus No additional pay No additional pay
Overtime No additional pay No additional pay
Total Pay NZ$47,000 to NZ$70,000

A (*) means that the hourly rate was extrapolated from the annual pay.

How Much Does a Teacher Make in India?

Teacher Salary India Per Year Per Hour
Minimum Rs 129,747 Rs 62.37
Maximum Rs 699,264 Rs 336.18
Bonus Rs 6,337 No additional pay
Overtime No additional pay No additional pay
Total Pay Rs 130,274 to Rs 723,482

The (*) means that the hourly rate was extrapolated from the annual pay.

How Much Does a Teacher Make in South Africa?

Teacher Salary South Africa Per Year Per Hour
Minimum R96,419 R46.35*
Maximum R286,254 R137.62*
Bonus R30,639 R196
Overtime No additional pay No additional pay
Total Pay R96,579 to R288,671

A (*) means that the hourly rate was extrapolated from the annual pay.

2. Experience

The median teacher salary in the US starts at $37,000 per year at less than 5 years experience. Once with experience, the salary keeps growing getting to $57,000 each year after more than 20 years on the job. Entry-level teachers from the UK earn about ₤25,000 per year, then it rises to ₤33,000 at mid-level then the salary flatlines until it reaches ₤37,000 per year after 15 years.

Australian teachers make AU$56,000 per year at the beginning of their career, then the salary rises until AU$97,000 per year after 10-20 years on the job. Then the salary starts to lower until it reaches AU$62,000 per year after 20 years of teaching. The entry-level teacher salary in India stands at Rs 294,000 per year, after that it keeps going up until it reaches Rs 600,000 per year for teachers with more than 20 years experience.

Same professionals living in South Africa win R165,000 per year under 5 years experience, then the salary keeps rising until they get to R277,000 per year in their late-career.

3. Industry

Regardless of the industry, a teacher career gives the opportunity to have a positive influence on students’ lives and motivate them to learn and succeed. In the United States, the industries that pay the highest wage are religious organizations, elementary or secondary schools, consulting services, mental hospitals, and prep schools. Teachers can work in many different types of schools. There are traditional brick-and-mortar public schools, online public schools, charter and cyber charter schools, preparatory schools, private schools, and religious schools.

It is common for public school teachers in the United States to join a Union such as the American Federation of Teachers or the United Federation of Teachers. In India, the skills that lead to higher pay are knowledge of the Hindi language, mathematics, chemistry, and French while skills that are less desirable are computer science and biology. The skills valued in South Africa are in life sciences, engineering design, and business management while skills not as rewarded are Afrikaans and life orientation. Less valued skills in Canada are in Spanish and special education.

Schedule & Working Hours

A survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the average number of hours worked for different age teachers. Teachers who are 20-29 years old will work 37 hours a week, teachers who are 30-39 years old will work 36 hours per week, 40-49-year-olds will work 40 hours, while those who are 50-59 years old will work 42 hours per week.

It is very common for teachers to work at home. Teachers who are in a union will have expected hours and all teachers have days off to engage in professional development. In Canada, a study found that teachers work an average of 41.3 hours per week while virtually all teachers work from home. Also, teachers frequently feel overloaded by the number of hours they have to work.

Bonuses & Benefits

In the United Kingdom, individuals who are highly valued by a school can receive a discretionary bonus. Public school teachers in the United States receive a very nice slate of benefits. Moreover, these professionals have a pension plan and a health plan for after they retire and the ability to procure tenure.

The table below shows the typical health care benefits received by teachers who work in the countries described in this article.

Country United States Canada United Kingdom Australia New Zealand India South Africa
Medical 73 82 17 8 50 20 50
Dental 57 73 4 10
Vision 45 64 8 10

Career Outlook

High school teachers in the United States can expect a growth of 8%, as fast as the national average for all occupations. Teacher growth is highly geographic specific. For example, areas where there is a high number of teacher retiring and/or a high proportion of young people in the population will need more teachers than areas without these two conditions.

The teaching profession is highly dependent on state and federal funding in the United States. If the funding is cut then it is possible for these professionals to be laid off. Depending on the country, some teachers are much more needed than others. For example, those with special education or physics skills will generally have more positions and receive higher pay than those who do not have these skills.

Conclusion

Teachers will teach students from preschool all the way to college or university study. Teachers can also exist outside of schools and teach different subjects. The teacher is an indispensable part of a student’s educational experience and can have a significantly positive impact on their lives. You can also look at the high school teacher salary. Typically, teachers in secondary school earn more than teachers in elementary school and teachers in public schools earn more than teachers in private schools.

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