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Secondary School Teacher Average Salary in United Kingdom 2020

How much money does a Secondary School Teacher make in United Kingdom?

Average Yearly Salary
93,000 GBP
( 7,750 GBP monthly)


A person working as a Secondary School Teacher in United Kingdom typically earns around 93,000 GBP per year. Salaries range from 45,600 GBP (lowest) to 145,000 GBP (highest).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Secondary School Teacher salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Secondary School Teacher Salary Distribution in United Kingdom

Median and salary distribution yearly United Kingdom Secondary School Teacher
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Secondary School Teacher salaries in United Kingdom range from 45,600 GBP per year (minimum salary) to 145,000 GBP per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 94,900 GBP per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Secondary School Teacher(s) are earning less than 94,900 GBP while the other half are earning more than 94,900 GBP. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Secondary School Teacher(s) are earning less than 63,200 GBP while 75% of them are earning more than 63,200 GBP. Also from the diagram, 75% of Secondary School Teacher(s) are earning less than 122,000 GBP while 25% are earning more than 122,000 GBP.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Secondary School Teacher Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience yearly United Kingdom Secondary School Teacher
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Secondary School Teacher salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Secondary School Teacher with less than two years of experience makes approximately 54,000 GBP per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 69,500 GBP per year, 29% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 95,800 GBP per year, 38% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Secondary School Teacher(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 119,000 GBP per year, 24% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 127,000 GBP per year, 7% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 136,000 GBP per year, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Secondary School Teacher average salary change by experience in United Kingdom

0 - 2 Years
54,000 GBP
2 - 5 Years+29%
69,500 GBP
5 - 10 Years+38%
95,800 GBP
10 - 15 Years+24%
119,000 GBP
15 - 20 Years+7%
127,000 GBP
20+ Years+7%
136,000 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Secondary School Teacher Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Secondary School Teacher(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

Salary comparison by education level yearly United Kingdom Secondary School Teacher
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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Secondary School Teacher salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Secondary School Teacher is 67,500 GBP per year.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 108,000 GBP per year, 60% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Secondary School Teacher average salary difference by education level in United Kingdom

Bachelor's Degree
67,500 GBP
Master's Degree+60%
108,000 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in United Kingdom costs anywhere from 49,700 Pound Sterling(s) to 149,000 Pound Sterling(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Secondary School Teacher Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly United Kingdom Secondary School Teacher
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Secondary School Teacher employees in United Kingdom earn 5% more than their female counterparts.

90,800 GBP
95,100 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in United Kingdom for all Careers

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Secondary School Teacher Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United Kingdom

How much are annual salary increments in United Kingdom for Secondary School Teacher(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Secondary School Teacher

Secondary School Teacher(s) in United Kingdom are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 16 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate United Kingdom Secondary School Teacher
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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

United Kingdom / All Professions

Annual Salary Increment Rate United Kingdom
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The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in United Kingdom is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in United Kingdom for the year 2019. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Secondary School Teacher Bonus and Incentive Rates in United Kingdom

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate United Kingdom Secondary School Teacher
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A Secondary School Teacher is considered to be a low bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

67% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 33% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Public vs private sector salaries yearly United Kingdom
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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector Secondary School Teacher employees in United Kingdom earn 4% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
117,000 GBP
Public Sector+4%
122,000 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Secondary School Teacher Salary Trend and Forecast in United Kingdom

How are Secondary School Teacher salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast yearly United Kingdom Secondary School Teacher
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Average Salary 2016
82,600 GBP
Average Salary 2017+4%
85,600 GBP
Average Salary 2018+3%
88,000 GBP
Average Salary 2019+2%
89,700 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Secondary School Teacher salaries in United Kingdom are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 2% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Secondary School Teacher Average Hourly Wage in United Kingdom

45 GBP per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United Kingdom is 45 GBP. This means that the average Secondary School Teacher in United Kingdom earns approximately 45 GBP for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Secondary School Teacher VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Secondary School Teacher and Teaching / Education yearly United Kingdom
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The average salary for Secondary School Teacher is 25% less than that of Teaching / Education. Also, Teaching / Education salaries are 4% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Academic Advisor127,000 GBP+37%
Academic Coach125,000 GBP+34%
Academic Manager140,000 GBP+51%
Academic Specialist109,000 GBP+17%
Academic Staff96,600 GBP+4%
Accompanist107,000 GBP+15%
Achievement Coach130,000 GBP+40%
Admissions Specialist111,000 GBP+19%
Agricultural Sciences Teacher98,100 GBP+5%
Anthropology Teacher98,900 GBP+6%
Arabic Language Teacher90,900 GBP-2%
Archeology Teacher102,000 GBP+10%
Architecture Teacher114,000 GBP+23%
Archivist83,300 GBP-10%
Art Teacher88,700 GBP-5%
Assistant School Principal132,000 GBP+42%
Assistant Teacher88,700 GBP-5%
Biochemistry Professor 147,000 GBP+58%
Biology Teacher106,000 GBP+14%
Bursary Scheme Manager120,000 GBP+29%
Business Teacher102,000 GBP+10%
Chemistry Teacher94,200 GBP+1%
Child Care Coordinator99,900 GBP+7%
Child Care Worker82,800 GBP-11%
Clinical School Psychologist149,000 GBP+60%
College Aide120,000 GBP+29%
College and Career Readiness Specialist131,000 GBP+41%
College President200,000 GBP+120%
Communications Teacher98,500 GBP+6%
Community Education Officer88,700 GBP-5%
Computer Science Teacher97,700 GBP+5%
Computer Teacher93,900 GBP+1%
Creative Writing Trainer117,000 GBP+26%
Credit Counselor122,000 GBP+31%
Cultural Studies Teacher100,000 GBP+8%
Curriculum Developer137,000 GBP+47%
Curriculum Specialist124,000 GBP+33%
Demonstrator87,300 GBP-6%
Deputy Controller of Examinations119,000 GBP+28%
Director of Learning Technology139,000 GBP+49%
Distance Learning Coordinator111,000 GBP+19%
Economics Lecturer176,000 GBP+89%
Education Administrator112,000 GBP+20%
Education Assistant Director128,000 GBP+38%
Education Assistant Principal111,000 GBP+19%
Education Assistant Professor138,000 GBP+48%
Education Consultant147,000 GBP+58%
Education Coordinator107,000 GBP+15%
Education Counselor121,000 GBP+30%
Education Director170,000 GBP+83%
Education Program Specialist128,000 GBP+38%
Education Researcher149,000 GBP+60%
Education Resource Specialist105,000 GBP+13%
Education Services Facilitator114,000 GBP+23%
Educational Psychologist159,000 GBP+71%
EFL Teacher101,000 GBP+9%
eLearning Trainer92,400 GBP-1%
Elementary School Teacher81,300 GBP-13%
Engineering Lecturer172,000 GBP+85%
Engineering Teacher134,000 GBP+44%
English Teacher89,800 GBP-3%
ESL Teacher105,000 GBP+13%
Faculty Assistant122,000 GBP+31%
Foreign Language Teacher91,700 GBP-1%
GED Teacher86,600 GBP-7%
Geography Teacher96,600 GBP+4%
Head of Mathematics Department140,000 GBP+51%
Head of School171,000 GBP+84%
High School Teacher108,000 GBP+16%
History Teacher98,100 GBP+5%
Infant Teacher74,100 GBP-20%
Instructional Assistant101,000 GBP+9%
Instructor115,000 GBP+24%
Kindergarten Teacher77,000 GBP-17%
Language Instructor For Expatriate81,700 GBP-12%
Law Teacher143,000 GBP+54%
Learning Designer116,000 GBP+25%
Lecturer143,000 GBP+54%
Librarian81,700 GBP-12%
Library Assistant64,400 GBP-31%
Library Director116,000 GBP+25%
Library Specialist88,200 GBP-5%
Life Sciences Teacher100,000 GBP+8%
Math Lecturer177,000 GBP+90%
Mathematics Teacher114,000 GBP+23%
Mentor110,000 GBP+18%
Middle School Teacher107,000 GBP+15%
Music Teacher96,200 GBP+3%
Nursery Manager148,000 GBP+59%
Nursery Worker62,900 GBP-32%
Paraprofessional141,000 GBP+52%
Physical Education Specialist114,000 GBP+23%
Physical Education Teacher89,100 GBP-4%
Physics Teacher 105,000 GBP+13%
Political Science Teacher100,000 GBP+8%
Post Doctoral Researcher160,000 GBP+72%
Preschool Education Administrator113,000 GBP+21%
Preschool Teacher81,000 GBP-13%
Primary School Teacher86,200 GBP-7%
Principal134,000 GBP+44%
Product Specialist107,000 GBP+15%
Professor - Accounting183,000 GBP+97%
Professor - Architecture191,000 GBP+110%
Professor - Biology172,000 GBP+85%
Professor - Business Administration173,000 GBP+86%
Professor - Chemical Engineering195,000 GBP+110%
Professor - Chemistry178,000 GBP+91%
Professor - Civil Engineering170,000 GBP+83%
Professor - Communication173,000 GBP+86%
Professor - Computer Science188,000 GBP+100%
Professor - Dentistry182,000 GBP+96%
Professor - Drama172,000 GBP+85%
Professor - Economics191,000 GBP+110%
Professor - Education175,000 GBP+88%
Professor - Electrical Engineering187,000 GBP+100%
Professor - English174,000 GBP+87%
Professor - Environmental Engineering192,000 GBP+110%
Professor - Foreign Languages165,000 GBP+77%
Professor - Geological Sciences176,000 GBP+89%
Professor - History182,000 GBP+96%
Professor - Industrial Engineering168,000 GBP+81%
Professor - Law188,000 GBP+100%
Professor - Legal Support172,000 GBP+85%
Professor - Liberal Arts185,000 GBP+99%
Professor - Marketing185,000 GBP+99%
Professor - Mathematics188,000 GBP+100%
Professor - Mechanical Engineering189,000 GBP+100%
Professor - Medical Administration195,000 GBP+110%
Professor - Medicine207,000 GBP+120%
Professor - Music161,000 GBP+73%
Professor - Nursing170,000 GBP+83%
Professor - Pharmaceutical Sciences184,000 GBP+98%
Professor - Philosophy172,000 GBP+85%
Professor - Physical Therapy186,000 GBP+100%
Professor - Physics198,000 GBP+110%
Professor - Psychology184,000 GBP+98%
Professor - Rehabilitation160,000 GBP+72%
Professor - Social Work162,000 GBP+74%
Professor - Sociology182,000 GBP+96%
Professor - Special Education172,000 GBP+85%
Psychology Teacher142,000 GBP+53%
Public Management Assistant Professor146,000 GBP+57%
School Counselor136,000 GBP+46%
Science Educator99,700 GBP+7%
Science Laboratory Assistant88,000 GBP-5%
Science Teacher101,000 GBP+9%
Secondary Mathematics Teacher102,000 GBP+10%
Secondary School Teacher93,000 GBP-0%
Special Education Teacher102,000 GBP+10%
Special Needs Assistant85,700 GBP-8%
Statistics Lecturer165,000 GBP+77%
Student Accounts Coordinator93,500 GBP+1%
Student Development Specialist115,000 GBP+24%
Student Employment Specialist113,000 GBP+21%
Student Services86,200 GBP-7%
Student Support Manager124,000 GBP+33%
Substitute Teacher83,600 GBP-10%
Teacher89,500 GBP-4%
Teacher Aide76,600 GBP-18%
Teacher Trainer115,000 GBP+24%
Training and Development Specialist132,000 GBP+42%
Training Coordinator85,900 GBP-8%
Tutor99,300 GBP+7%
University Teacher171,000 GBP+84%
Vocational Education Teacher98,500 GBP+6%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Aberdeen96,900 GBP
Abingdon91,700 GBP
Armagh93,800 GBP
Bangor83,900 GBP
Belfast104,000 GBP
Birmingham116,000 GBP
Bradford104,000 GBP
Brighton105,000 GBP
Bristol106,000 GBP
Cambridge94,900 GBP
Canterbury92,800 GBP
Cardiff108,000 GBP
Chester90,600 GBP
Coventry110,000 GBP
Derby101,000 GBP
Derry97,200 GBP
Dundee98,300 GBP
Durham92,300 GBP
Edinburgh103,000 GBP
Exeter91,800 GBP
Glasgow110,000 GBP
Gloucester95,000 GBP
Hartlepool97,000 GBP
Inverness92,000 GBP
Kingston upon Hull104,000 GBP
Kirkwall84,100 GBP
Leeds115,000 GBP
Leicester105,000 GBP
Lincoln98,400 GBP
Lisburn89,000 GBP
Liverpool106,000 GBP
London113,000 GBP
Manchester114,000 GBP
Newcastle103,000 GBP
Newport92,900 GBP
Newry95,900 GBP
Norwich98,800 GBP
Nottingham103,000 GBP
Oxford100,000 GBP
Peterborough95,800 GBP
Plymouth103,000 GBP
Poole101,000 GBP
Portsmouth99,600 GBP
Ripon89,800 GBP
Salisbury87,700 GBP
Sheffield112,000 GBP
Somerset107,000 GBP
Southampton97,800 GBP
St Davids84,500 GBP
Stirling94,800 GBP
Stromness81,900 GBP
Strontian84,600 GBP
Swansea105,000 GBP
Truro88,400 GBP
Wakefield87,100 GBP
Wells85,200 GBP
Winchester92,900 GBP
Wolverhampton100,000 GBP
York102,000 GBP

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
England185,000 GBP
Northern Ireland87,200 GBP
Scotland142,000 GBP
Wales88,400 GBP
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