How much are teachers paid in Scotland?

​​​​​​​New pay deal brings starting salary to nearly £33,000, with heads at the top of the salary scale now close to £100,000.

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How much are teachers paid in Scotland?

How much are teachers paid in Scotland? The answer to that question has changed markedly following a recent pay deal that ultimately equates to a 13.51 per cent increase over three years.

A fully qualified teacher at the start of their career will be paid £32,994 from April 2020, up from the £27,438 which applied at the start of 2018, and an unpromoted teacher at the top of the scale will earn £41,412, up from £36,480

A headteacher at the top of the pay scale will earn nearly £100,000 from April 2020 – up by nearly £11,000, from £88,056 to £98,808.

Scotland also has an “induction year”, a system which guarantees new teachers a year of employment after their university studies for a teaching qualification. The salary for a probationer – the term for a teacher on their induction year – will have increased to £27,498 by April 2020, up from £22,866 at the start of 2018.

The pay deal provides a backdated 3 per cent pay increase from April 2018, a 7 per cent rise in April 2019, and a final 3 per cent pay increase from April 2020 – a compounded total increase of 13.51 per cent.

Here are the main teacher pay scales in Scotland:

Teacher pay 1Teacher pay 2 (promoted posts)

Teacher pay 3 (headteachers and deputy headteachers)

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